Grilling gives summertime a special meaning, especially when it comes to food. Those savory whiffs of barbecuing might call to mind burgers and drumsticks, but don’t forget the sweet smell of seared, steamed or skewered garden-fresh vegetables to make those colorful, flavorful side dishes, too.

This summer consider adding a vegan twist to those classic veggie sides like grilled corn on the cob or crunchy coleslaw with the help of Violife 100% Vegan Cheese. By adding a vegan cheese to these recipes, you can spice them up or make them sweet and colorful — and plant-based. They’re sure to go hand-in-hand with your summer menus and satisfy even the pickiest of eaters.

Grilled Corn with Garlic and Herbs

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes

Servings: 6


1 pack Violife Just Like Cream Cheese Original

1 garlic clove, crushed

1 tablespoon parsley, chopped

1 tablespoon oregano, chopped

salt, to taste

freshly ground pepper, to taste

6 corn cobs

pink pepper, to taste



Preheat oven to 350 F or heat grill to medium.

Mix cream cheese substitute, chopped garlic, parsley and oregano. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and place on baking sheet. Twist sides and refrigerate 1 hour.

Grill corn or bake 30-35 minutes, or until tender.

Remove cream cheese mixture from baking sheet and cut into slices. Place on top of each corn cob. Sprinkle with pink pepper, to taste, and serve with lime.

Sweet and Spicy Vegan Coleslaw

Prep time: 10 minutes

Servings: 4


1 carrot, grated

10 Brussels sprouts, finely sliced

1 small red cabbage, grated

1 cup peas

3 spring onions, sliced diagonally

1 cup coriander, chopped


1 pack Violife Just Like Cream Cheese Original

1 garlic clove, finely minced

3 tablespoons olive oil

1/4 cup wine vinegar

3 tablespoons agave

1 tablespoon ginger, finely chopped

1/2 teaspoon chili flakes or chili paste (optional)

toasted sesame seeds (optional)


1. In large bowl, toss carrot, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, peas, onions and coriander; mix thoroughly.

2. In small bowl, whisk cream cheese substitute, garlic, olive oil, wine vinegar, agave, ginger and chili flakes, if desired.

3. Pour dressing into salad and toss well. Garnish with toasted sesame seeds, if desired.

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