The unparalleled joy of eating garlic bread should not be taken away from those adhering to a vegan diet. Luckily, in this recipe flavorful olive oil comes right to the rescue, and there’s no butter required. Just the addition of minced garlic, parsley, vegan Parmesan cheese and salt.
I am a card-carrying garlic bread freak, and have made a whole lot of garlic breads over the years. And as more and more of the people in my world lean into vegetarianism and veganism, I knew I had to create a very respectable vegan version.
Vegan Garlic Bread: Garlicky and “buttery” and perfectly delicious. The perfect indulgent side, and no dairy involved!Tweet This
Vegan butter is dairy free, made of water and a plant-based oil, such as avocado, palm, coconut, or olive oils.
If you want to use vegan butter instead of olive oil, just made sure it’s softened and sub in half a cup of vegan butter for the olive oil. Some recommended brands are Earth Balance, Pure Blends, Melt Organic, Miyoko’s, and Country Crock Plant Butter. You can also use 1/4 cup vegan butter mixed with 1/4 cup olive oil, for the best of both worlds.
Many of the vegan parms out there are based on nutritional yeast, cashews, and/or seeds. They are not a perfect substitute for authentic Parmesan cheese, but a good option if you’re looking for the crumbly, nutty, sharp flavor and consistency. Some seem to perform better during cooking than using them straight up in salads and for sprinkling and such. Some recommended brands are Violife, Nooch It, Thrive Market, and Go Veggie.
What Kind of Bread to Use in Vegan Garlic Bread
A baguette is the bread of choice for most of my garlic breads. Sometimes I cut it into slices, held together at the bottom, and brush the garlic mixture in between the slices. You can absolutely do that here (check out Best Garlic Bread Ever for directions on how to slice the bread and keep the loaf intact). Or, just slice the bread in half horizontally lengthwise and brush the garlic paste on the cut sides of the baguettes.
Most baguettes are vegan, but double check the ingredients if you have a question about that. I used a slim baguette about two feet long for this garlic bread, and cut in in half crosswise before cutting it into two pieces each, so that it would fit better on the baking sheet.
What to Serve with Vegan Garlic Bread:
- Butternut Squash and White Bean Ragout
- Chickpea and Fava Bean Salad
- Vegetarian Split Pea Soup
- Grilled Vegetables
- Fall Vegetable and Farro Salad
Other Vegan Side Dishes:
- Chimichurri Garlic Bread
- Crispy Potatoes
- Spanish Tomato Bread
- Wild Rice with Cranberries
- Greek Orzo Salad
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Vegan Garlic Bread
- ½ cup extra virgin olive oil or softened vegan butter, or a combination
- 3 tablespoons finely grated vegan Parmesan “cheese”
- 1 tablespoon very finely minced garlic
- 2 tablespoons minced parsley
- ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1 baguette
- Preheat the oven to 375°F. In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, vegan Parmesan, garlic, parsley and salt.
- Halve the baguette crosswise, then slice each one in half horizontally lengthwise. Place the bread cut side up on a large baking sheet.
- Spread the garlic mixture on the baguette halves and bake until golden and crusty along the edges, about 15 minutes. Serve hot or warm.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.