Parmesan Topping—Whole Food Plant Based

Sometimes I miss Parmesan cheese. It used to be the “cherry on top” of so many great dishes. The flavor of the store-bought dairy-free version isn’t quite the same. And if you read the ingredient list, you’ll understand the difference between a “vegan” and “whole foods plant based” diet (assuming you have a Ph.D. in biochemistry).

This Parmesan topping recipe can compete (and likely win) in a taste test with the real deal. It’s a mouth-party that stands alone. It takes less than 5 minutes (including clean up) and keeps a long time in the fridge and indefinitely in the freezer. 

If you are into homemade gifts, this is an easy way to offer a healthy staple that everyone can enjoy.

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Parmesan Topping
Colleen Kachmann is a certified integrative nutrition health coach and author of Life Off the Label: A Handbook for Creating Your Own Brand of Health and Happiness. See more at
  1. Place all of the ingredients in your food processor. If using a salt based lemon zest, omit the sea salt. Otherwise, grate the skin of an organic lemon with a fine grater. Word of caution: Don’t over-process as nuts will turn into a paste. Use the pulse setting at the end if you have one. 
  2. Store in an air-tight jar in the refrigerator. Add to anything and everything.

Top image features lemon turmeric tahini dressing over roasted butternut squash and greens with Parmesan topping.