Vegan cheesemakers are busy these days providing us with delicious concoctions—and new brands are popping up all over the place. The availability of new products, along with our favorite vegan cheese staples, makes it an exciting time for anyone looking to eat compassionately. Eating cheese made from cow’s milk contributes to a system in which mother cows are repeatedly sexually abused and their calves are taken away from them so that their milk can be stolen. Mother cows experience intense physical and emotional pain for the duration of their lives, only to be tossed aside when they become less productive for the people who profit from their milk.

When you choose vegan cheese, you use your power as a consumer to show that you won’t support this cycle of pain. Vegan cheeses can be made from a variety of nuts, most commonly cashews, almonds, and macadamias. These plant-based sources contain healthy fats but no cholesterol, rennet, or any other gross ingredients found in cheese made from cow’s milk.

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We’ve compiled a comprehensive list of vegan cheeses for your pleasure:

Shreds

Melty shredded vegan cheese makes an excellent topping for foods such as mini pizza bites, lasagna, and tacos. Cheddar and mozzarella are the most common flavors of shreds, but pizza and Mexican blends are also available from several brands. We love sprinkling some shredded mozzarella on top of homemade pizza, as in this awesome recipe: Vegan Pizza in Five Steps.

Try it homemade: Shreddable Vegan Mozzarella

Blocks and Wedges

Blocks and wedges of vegan cheese can be shredded, sliced, cubed, or cut for any kind of use. They’re perfect for building a charcuterie board or making vegan lunchables. Classic flavors like cheddar, Monterey jack, and mozzarella are common with this style, but brands also offer special flavors that are aged, smoked, or packed full of flavorful ingredients like reishi mushrooms, caramelized onions, and hot peppers. Here’s one way to use your block of “cheese”: Caprese-Style Party Appetizer.

  • Brands

    • Bute Island Foods Sheese: Cheshire, Cheddar Style with Caramelized Red Onion, Cheddar Style with Garlic & Chives, Cheddar Style with Jalapeno & Chili, Edam, Gouda, Mature Cheddar, Mild Cheddar, Mozzarella, Red Leicester, Smoked German Style, Strong Cheddar, and Wensleydale Style with Cranberries
    • Daiya: Medium Cheddar Style, Monterey Jack Style, Jalapeño Havarti Style, and Smoked Gouda Style
    • Dr-Cow: Cajun, Smoked, Plain, and Reishi Mushroom
    • Field Roast Chao Blocks: Creamy Original
    • Miyoko’s Creamery: Fresh Vegan Mozz, Smoked Vegan Mozz, Sharp Farmhouse, Smoked Farmhouse, Herbes de Provence, and Aged Black Ash
    • MozzaRisella: Classic, Smoked, Classic Pizza, and Cheddar
    • MyLife BioCheese: Original and Cheddar
    • Parmela Creamery: Cheddar Style, Havarti Dill Style, and Mozzarella Style
    • Ste Martaen: Colby, Muenster, Pepper Jack, Olive, and Smoked Gouda
    • Treeline: Classic Aged Nut Cheese and Cracked Pepper Aged Nut Cheese
    • Violife: Epic Smoked Cheddar and Epic Mature Cheddar

Try it homemade: How to Make Vegan Cheese—Vegan Provolone

Slices

Stack these slices on a veggie sandwich or melt them on top of a burger or in a vegan grilled cheese. Opt for the mild, creamy flavors of mozzarella, Swiss, or provolone, or kick it up with smoked Gouda or pepper jack. So many flavor varieties are available in these vegan products. Grab your favorite, and try it out in this recipe: Faux-Turkey and “Cheese” Roll-Up.

Try it homemade: Sliceable Cashew Cheese

Cream Cheese

Vegan cream cheese is great for more than just bagels (although it’s perfect for those, too). We love using it to make stuffed jalapeño poppers, creamy baked spinach artichoke dip, and sweet cheesecakes. Impress your friends at your next party with this recipe: “Bacon” and “Cream Cheese” Stuffed Mushrooms.

Try it homemade: Simple Cultured Cashew Cream Cheese

Soft Cheeses

The creamy texture of soft vegan cheese makes it deliciously spreadable on crackers and crusty bread, but it’s also great for melting into sauces and sprinkling on top of fresh salads.

  • Brands

    • Boursin: Dairy-Free
    • Bute Island Foods Sheese: Cheddar, Chives, Garlic & Herb, Original, Spring Onion & Cracked Black Pepper, and Sweet Chilli
    • Treeline: Herb-Garlic Creamy Soft French-Style, Scallion Creamy Soft French-Style, Chipotle-Serrano Pepper Creamy Soft French-Style, and Sea Salt & Pepper Creamy Soft French-Style
    • Miyoko’s Creamery: Classic Double Cream Chive, Double Cream Sundried Tomato Garlic, Double Cream Garlic Herb, Biergarten Garlic Chive Spread, Spicy Revolution Spread, and Cheers to Cheddah Spread
    • Parmela Creamery: Black Pepper, Havarti Dill, Kalamata Olive, Original, Smokey Cheddar, and Smokey Gouda
    • Violife: Original, Herb, Garlic & Herbs, Cheddar, Cheddar & Onion, Black Pepper, Hot Pepper, Tzatziki, and Tomato & Basil

Try it homemade: Easy Garlic & Herb Vegan Cheese

Parmesan

Grated or shredded, vegan Parmesan complements pasta dishes and makes a great addition to homemade popcorn. Shred some over your next salad for a salty, umami element: Amazing Caesar Salad with Homemade Croutons.

  • Brands

    • Follow Your Heart: Parmesan Style Grated Cheese Alternative and Parmesan Style Shredded Cheese Alternative
    • GO VEGGIE: Parmesan Grated Topping (Note: Make sure that you buy the dairy-free version, as the other kind contains milk.
    • Parma!: Chipotle Cayenne, Garlicky Green, and Original
    • The Vegetarian Express: Parma Zaan Sprinkles
    • Violife: Just Like Parmesan Wedge

Try it homemade: Vegan Parmesan Cheese

Ricotta

Vegan ricotta can easily be made at home using tofu, but these brands knock the tanginess and texture out of the park. Use vegan ricotta to make a lasagna like this one: Tofu-Spinach Lasagna.

Try it homemade: Vegan Ricotta Recipe

Cheese Sauce

Nachos, mac and cheese, pretzels, and fondue—a delicious vegan cheese sauce makes all these totally delicious. Add one of these nacho cheese sauces to this mac and cheese recipe to spice things up: Nacho-Style Vegan Mac ‘n’ Cheese.

Try it homemade: Easy Nut-Free Vegan Cheese Sauce

Feta

Creamy, tangy vegan feta cheese is the secret ingredient in many Mediterranean dishes, from spanakopita to Greek salad. Try one of these brands on top of this salad: Greek Salad with Tofu and Olives.

Try it homemade: Best Vegan Feta Cheese

Blue Cheese

Even the unique flavor of this cheese can be achieved using vegan ingredients—eat it plain on a cracker or crusty bread, add some to a savory French tart, or crumble it on top of a classic wedge salad: “Bacon” Wedge Salad with Vegan Bleu Cheese Dressing.

Try it homemade: Vegan Blue Cheese (Artisan Roquefort)


We hope you’ve learned a lot about the vegan cheese scene. Now, check out our guide to artisan vegan cheese that even your fanciest friends will enjoy, such as products by Treeline Treenut Cheese and Miyoko’s Creamery. You can also order a Dairy Free Kit from Urban Cheesecraft to make your own vegan brie, feta, chèvre, and fondue.

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