France has been synonymous with cheese for centuries. So, with that in mind, it’s no surprise that the cheese grater was invented by a Frenchman. In the 1540s, the contraption (which, of course, would turn cheese into shreds) was designed by François Boullier in order to help families get more out of their food budgets. After all, grating cheese meant that the ingredients went further and lasted longer.

Over the years, there have been various improvements to the cheese grater (needless to say, the one in your kitchen likely looks nothing like Boullier’s initial invention). But thanks to the world of ultra-convenience-focused foods, you don’t even really need one anymore (sorry, Boullier), because packaged shredded cheese exists. Yes, even in vegan form. In fact, all of the vegan versions on the market offer maximum convenience, versatility, and taste. But which ones are the best? Let’s investigate.

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What is vegan shredded cheese?

Vegan shredded cheese is just like regular vegan cheese, only instead of a block, it comes pre-grated in a packet. Most vegan shredded cheeses on the market are dairy-free versions of mozzarella, cheddar, or extra mature cheddar, and they’re often made with ingredients like soy, nuts, and coconut oil.


How does vegan shredded cheese taste?

In the past, vegan cheese hasn’t always had the best reputation. But thankfully, in the last few years, the industry has progressed significantly. Due to innovation in the vegan cheese market, products (including shredded cheeses) are starting to taste closer to the real thing than ever before. Only they’re better for the planet, the animals, and us too. (You can find out more about cheese alternatives and why vegans don’t eat dairy cheese here.)

Does vegan shredded cheese melt?

Again, thanks to innovation in the food industry, vegan cheese products don’t just look and taste like the real thing, but they also melt like it too—which is great news for vegan pizza-, grilled cheese-, and pasta-lovers everywhere. You can get the same melty goodness, without having to go anywhere near animal products. It’s a win-win.

Best vegan shredded cheese brands

The vegan cheese market is growing fast. In November 2022, experts predicted it would hit a global value of more than $4.7 billion in the next two years. The key reason for this growth is demand, but also a better quality of products on offer. As the options improve, more people are moving away from animal products and, instead, deciding to buy their plant-based alternatives, and shredded cheese is no different. But which one should you put in your cart next time you’re in the grocery store? Well, to help you decide, we’ve put together this list of some of the best products on the market.


1 Violife

Greek brand Violife has been on the vegan food scene since the ’90s. And, over the years, it has developed a range of products that truly look, cook, taste, and melt just like their cow-derived counterparts. Alongside cheese blocks and slices, the brand offers four different types of vegan shredded cheese: Colby Jack, Cheddar, Mozzarella, and Mexican Style (a blend of cheddar, mozzarella, and Monterey Jack). So fire up the pizza oven!


2 Daiya

Arguably, Canadian vegan brand Daiya has one of the biggest ranges of vegan shredded cheese products on the market. It offers everything from Parmesan to Italian to Mexican to Spicy Monterey Jack, all of which are the perfect accompaniment to pasta (we’re thinking macaroni), fajitas, quesadillas, pizzas, and more. As well as shreds, the brand also offers a range of vegan cheese slices, sticks, sauces, and blocks, among pre-made cheesy products, like cheesecake.

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3 Follow Your Heart

Follow Your Heart has come a long way since the 1970s when it started out as a small restaurant in California’s Canoga Park. Over the decades, it has grown into one of the most popular vegan brands in the country. In 2021, it was even acquired by the French food giant Danone. As well as its signature Vegenaise and American slices, it also offers vegan shredded cheese options. Choose from finely shredded Cheddar or Mozzarella.

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4 Field Roast/Chao

Field Roast is known for its diverse range of vegan meat products, but the brand also carries several vegan cheese products under the name Chao Creamery. Products include Mac ‘n Chao, Chao Queso, slices, and two shredded options: Creamy Original Chao Shreds and Mexican Style Blend Chao Shreds.


5 Vevan

Vevan offers a number of different vegan cheese products, including slices, cream cheese, and snack packs complete with cubed vegan cheese. In the shreds department, the brand offers Ched, P’Jack, and Mozza. The latter is ideal for sprinkling over pasta or mixing it into the sauce to get that really creamy, rich, indulgent texture.

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6 Parmela Creamery

Right now, Parmela Creamery offers four shredded cheeses: Mozzarella, Fiery Jack, Sharp Cheddar, and Mild Cheddar. Each one is made using a traditional aging and culturing process, inspired by real cheesemakers. This ensures that the brand’s vegan cheeses develop a rich and realistic flavor profile that is so like real cheese, you’ll never crave the real thing again.



The makers of Tofurky have already revolutionized our holiday spreads and everyday sandwiches with their vegan roasts and plant-based deli slices. But now, they’re at it again with dairy-free cheese shreds. Available in Mozzarella, Cheddar, and Fiesta Blend, these cheese shreds impart a savory, “Wisconsin-y” touch to pizzas, tacos, and more. 
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Ways to use vegan shredded cheese

Once you’ve found the right vegan shredded cheese for you, it’s time for the most important part: eating. Just like with the real thing, there are many ways to enjoy vegan shredded cheese. Sprinkle it on pasta, bake it on lasagna, add it to pizza, pop some in your fajita, burger, or hot dog bun, or simply enjoy it in a sandwich. (Let’s be honest, there aren’t many recipes that couldn’t benefit from a light sprinkle of vegan shredded cheese.)

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