Many kinds of cheese can be melted without whey or rennet, and they’re all good in a grilled cheese sandwich. There are nut-based cheeses like almond ricotta, macadamia cream cheese, cashew cheese, and pea shoots.
There’s a new type of cheese in town, and it’s certain to be the next big thing. They say that vegan cheeses have been on the rise for years now, but this is something different – they’re even better than dairy-filled versions! This one looks like traditional mozzarella or cheddar with all those familiar flavors we love about cheese… only without any animal byproducts whatsoever.
Veganism has exploded over recent years because people finally realize what their diet can do not just for them individually but also as an overall contribution to society. You may know someone who follows this way of life religiously – you might wonder how they survive cutting out milk products entirely from their lives…until today, when you get to see for yourself.
Since most people have a lifelong love of cheese and the idea of giving it up altogether is pretty unimaginable, these substitutes are perfect for someone who wants to eat vegan and still indulge their favorite snack food without compromising their lifestyle choices. After all, even vegans enjoy grilled cheese sandwiches every now and again!
Our team sampled and tested countless vegan cheese options to find the best ones that are dairy-free, delicious, and easy on your wallet.
The vegetarian life means a lot of compromises – but this isn’t one we had to make! Our taste testers found some delicious dairy substitutes at different price points, so you can try them out without breaking the bank.
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#1 Soft French-Style Herb-Garlic Nut Cheese
Making your own vegan cheese board is an easy way to serve a range of flavors. We love this cashew-based spread paired with crispy crackers, crunchy bread, and dried fruit!
A fancy dip made from just seven ingredients that can be used on any type of food? Yes, please!
#2 Dairy-Free Mild Nacho Cashew Queso
If you’re looking for the ultimate party dip, this cheesy salsa is it! Made with a mix of cashews and soy milk instead of dairy cheese, this vegan queso has all those great flavors your guests would expect. And they won’t even be able to tell that there’s no meat or dairy in it because not one taster guessed its secret ingredient: Tofutti sour cream!
The creamy texture might fool them into thinking there are at least some natural ingredients involved – but don’t worry; our testers weren’t fooled by just looks alone.
#3 Everything Cream Cheese Spread
The company creates products that are dairy-free and vegan, including their new bagels. With flavors like everything-bagel made with salt, garlic powder, onion granules, sesame seeds, and poppyseeds mixed into the dough, you’ll love how it tastes on any of your favorite breakfast food or as a topping for fresh vegetables!
#4 Just Like Mature Cheddar Cheese Slices
Introducing the answer to your vegan grilled cheese dreams. These slices are buttery, soft and they even melt just like real cheese!
#5 Queso Style Dip
This slightly spicy peppery dip gets its ultra-creamy texture from blended cauliflower and its rich cheesy flavor from nutritional yeast. Tasters loved it with chips, pretzels, and sliced veggies. This dip is so easy to whip up in just a few minutes that you’ll never want store-bought again!
#6 Non-Dairy Mozzarella Cheese Shreds
These bags of shredded cheese melt like no other! Our tasters couldn’t get enough, and we loved how they topped off the pizza.
When it comes to this type of food product, there are many more options than you might think. We tried out every shred on our list before settling on one that melted exceptionally well for topping pizzas with its mild flavor.
#7 Chive Cream Cheese Style Spread
If you’re on the hunt for a savory spread, reach for this carton of cream cheese. It’s perfect to put over toast or pancakes in the morning!
#8 Just Like Cheddar Shreds
This cheese was more than just a cheesy topping for nachos. It had the perfect amount of funk to make it exciting and different and free from any plasticky or chemical taste that we found in other brands. The best part is how you can add this deliciousness to anything! Whether it’s on top of your favorite dishes like quesadillas, tacos, or chimichangas, mixed into sauces such as salsa verde; over pasta dishes such as lasagna or macaroni salad; with eggs (scrambled/fried); poured onto cornbread muffins…the possibilities are endless!
#9 Miyoko’s Smoked Vegan Mozz
Described as the “love child of a block of cheddar and bacon,” this super smoky, creamy cheese is perfect for adding to sandwiches, charcuterie boards, or even salads.
Tasters wanted to add slices of this “super smoky” and “creamy ‘cheese'” to their favorite foods such as sandwiches with tomatoes (hummus), grilled chicken salad (fruit) – any dish that needs something extra could benefit from some smoked provolone!