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Tasty vegan halloumi that squeaks like the real thing (3 we love)

Published by Finn Hayden

Cheese is often the food which vegans miss the most when they switch to a plant-based diet, but we've shown across several guides on our blog that there are lots of excellent vegan alternatives to cheese out there, so you can continue to get your cheese fix even once you ditch the dairy. We're now at a point where obscure types of cheese like feta and camembert have excellent vegan alternatives, and you'll even find vegan cheese which melts like real cheese. So with this in mind, we weren't at all surprised to find some excellent vegan alternatives to halloumi. We thought it would be useful to round up the best vegan halloumi you can buy in the UK, let's get into it:

Violife Mediterranean Style Grill Me

For us, the key to a great vegan alternative to halloumi is that it must have the squeaky texture and salty taste, and we'd say that this Mediterranean Style Grill Me product from Violife absolutely nails that. Like many of the other vegan cheese products from Violife, it's made using coconut oil and it has a great flavour which really reminds us of real halloumi. Learn more and by it here -

Violife vegan halloumi

Green Vie Vegrill

We've featured the Green Vie products a few times across our guides, as this brand produces a number of excellent vegan cheeses, including a delicious vegan parmesan cheese which we loved. The Vegrill product from Green Vie works perfectly as a vegan alternative to halloumi for a number of reasons - firstly, this product looks exactly like real halloumi, which is a really important factor that is often overlooked, particularly if you're serving this to non-vegans who might need a bit of convincing. But most importantly, this product really nails the taste and texture of real halloumi. It's made using coconut oil, but also it's made using lentils and spearmint. We think the addition of the lentils and spearmint really helps to give it a fresh, buttery taste. This vegan halloumi is also fortified with Vitamin B12 and it's perfect for grilling. Learn more and buy it here -

Green Vie vegrill

Tesco Plant Chef Alternative To Halloumi

We've been extremely impressed with a number of the vegan products from the Tesco Plant Chef range, with both the vegan cream cheese and vegan chicken nuggets from the supermarket popping up in recent guides. This Tesco Plant Chef Alternative To Halloumi is another great vegan product from the supermarket - made using coconut oil, it has the quintessential squeaky halloumi texture and we think it nails the taste too. It slices up really well if you want to mix it into a salad, and we also found that it melted well too, making it ideal for use on a vegan burger. Once again, the Tesco Plant Chef range has impressed us. Learn more and buy it here -

Tesco vegan halloumi

We hope this guide helps you to find an excellent vegan alternative to halloumi. As you can see, there aren't too many options out there, but the options out there are great and we hope you enjoy these recommendations as much as we did. If you're interested in similar products, check out our guide to the best vegan feta alternatives

Finn is the editor of You Well and has been writing about travel, health, and more for over 10 years.

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