Lucky for us, vegan, dairy-free cheeses have come a long way! Even in the past couple of years, so many new vegan cheeses have hit the market. Brands like Follow Your Heart, Field Roast Chao Slices, Tofutti, Dr. Cow, Daiya, Treeline, Miyoko’s Kitchen artisan cheese, nut-based Cheezehound cheeses, Kite Hill, and Heidi How (to name just a few) are making a huge splash in the marketplace and gaining more widespread distribution.
Where to Buy Dairy-Free Vegan Cheeses
Online retailers, specialty health food markets and Whole Foods aren’t the only places you can find them either. Target, HEB, Trader Joe’s and other big mainstream stores are starting to carry these cheesy dairy alternatives. There’s even a vegan cheese shop in Brooklyn, NY. Riverdel is a classic gourmet vegan cheese shop and a hot spot destination that carries many of these cheeses. They also make their own line of vegan cheeses, and offer other dairy-free, vegan eats likes soups, sandwiches and salads. Their grilled cheese sandwich is quite outrageously delicious!
Vegan Cheeses Galore!
There’s pretty much a dairy-free cheese to satisfy any cheese craving. Vegan cheeses cover the gamut. There’s parmesan-style, hard cheeses, soft cheeses, vegan cream cheeses, ricotta-style, nacho cheesy dips, cheese slices and shredded cheeses. Miyoko’s Kitchen, Vtopian and Cheezehound make artisan cheeses – think brie and camembert. And guess what, these aren’t frankenfoods. The ingredients are not mysterious or highly processed. While some are more wholesome than others, they are all free of the harmful animal fats and animal protein (casein/whey) found in dairy cheeses.
Some of my favorites include Follow Your Heart Smoked Gouda Slices and Parmesan-Style Cheeses and Field Roast Chao Original Vegan Slices. These two in particular have been omnivore approved and even celebrated as unrecognizably vegan. They are right on par with, or dare I say better than, their dairy versions.
With these products, you have every cheesy texture and taste to enjoy straight up or use them to make a plethora of foods. Mac n’ cheese and pizza are only the tip of the iceberg. One of my favorite ways to enjoy the melting cheeses like Daiya Pepper-Jack Style Shreds is just fried up in a pan. The cheese melts and gets crispy – so yummy!
Awesome Vegan Cheeses
What are your favorite dairy-free vegan cheeses? Please feel free to drop a comment below. Love to hear from you!