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Boursin is one of the world’s most popular cheeses, a soft cheese that contains garlic and herbs. It was made famous by the TV ad that stated ‘du vin, du pain, du Boursin!’ The original version is made with milk, cream, garlic, salt, pepper, parsley and chives. Developed in Normandy in France, today it’s sold in over 30 countries. It is often added to salads and pasta, or eaten with crackers and raw crudities (carrots, celery, peppers). It’s also a good cheese to melt on pasta, and pairs nicely with dry white or fruity red wines.
Keep vegan cheeses away from pets (many nuts and garlic/herbs are toxic). Don’t feed leftover crackers with cheese to birds, as it can cause choking and/or affect waterproofing/insulation of feathers.
Honestly Tasty Herbivorsin
Honestly Tasty Herbivorsin is a vegan alternative to Boursin, that recreates the signature summer cheese right down to the texture. Crumbly yet creamy, it’s the perfect mix of garlic, chives and fresh parsley.
Honestly Tasty is a plant-based food start-up in Haringey (London) founded by Mike, when his new vegan lifestyle came up against his love for cheese. After months of experiments, he landed on his own winning Veganzola. So he closed down the door on his career in corporate banking, and founded his own vegan cheese company. He runs the family business with his sister, offering authentic vegan cheese alternatives, which are sold in good shops and online. 2% of profits go to a community-run animal sanctuary in Wales.
Other Good Vegan Garlic Herb Cheeses
Kinda Co Garlic & Herb (UK) is handmade in Somerset. This creamy cultured cashew cheese has a pink beetroot layer. It’s delicous on a vegan cheeseboard, or with fresh crusty bread.
Bath Culture House Cheese & Date Gift Box (UK) offers a selection of artisan cheeses, created by the chef who makes the vegan-cheese courses at Demuths Vegan Cookery School. One of them is a Garlic Herb cheese, so an ideal replacement for Boursin. Made to order each week, these are naturally fermented with cashews.
Vegusto No Moo Herb Cheese (UK) is made by an award-winning Swiss company. Featuring mild Swiss herbs of parsley, chives and basil, this is ideal hot or cold. It can be grated or sliced and has a consistency of semi-soft cheese, while still being creamy. It softens when heated, but won’t melt.
Tyne Chease Garlic & Herb (UK) is handmade in Newcastle, and sold in a wooden box. This soft and fragrant cheese is creamy for bagels, bread, toast or celery, and also makes a great base for pasta sauce. Or add it to vegan pizza or soup. Very garlicky! Also try their Creamed Cheese with chives, sold in a zero waste glass jar. This has a subtle tang and wonderfully distinct chive aroma.
The Vegan Dairy (AU) offers a garlic and herb vegan cheese. Fresh and creamy, this cream cheese is rolled in a mix of dried chives and parsley, then vacuum packaged, to maintain freshness. It has a minimum shelf life of 1 to 2 months while sealed, and 7 to 10 days after opening. Can be frozen.
Boursin Dairy-Free is by the company that makes Boursin. People often differ in opinion as to whether to support vegan companies (or support dairy companies who are making vegan food, it’s up to you). This is made with organic coconut oil and garlic powder with herbs, and free from palm oil.
Make Your Own Vegan Boursin
Garlic Herb Vegan Cheese (Minimalist Baker) is made with nutritional yeast, alongside lemon juice and zest, salt, minced garlic and garlic powder. When made, chill, unwrap and coat with fresh dill.
Vegan Baked Herb Cashew Cheese (The Vegan 8) is made with wholefood ingredients including fresh thyme. It slices and spreads, yet is not just vegan but also oil-free.
Vegan Garlic Herb Cheese (Vegan on Board) is a spreadable cheese with lots of herbs and garlic, for a nice tang. It’s made with sunflower seeds, nutritional yeast, lemon, garlic, herbs including chives.