46 Items To Try at Trader Joe’s if You’re Vegan 

Trader Joe’s is known for its fresh produce, lively greenery, and healthy in-store foods and drinks. On top of its groceries and the store’s focus on healthy and balanced lifestyles, it’s also sold for exceptionally low prices. 

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Many of the items at Trader Joe’s perfectly fit in with vegan diets and come as pre-packaged meals.

With natural vegan foods like spinach and nuts and substitutes for traditionally non-vegan foods like cheese and meats, this list ranges in all different flavors and preferences. 

There’s something at Trader Joe’s for everyone, vegan and non-vegan.

The following list includes Trader Joe’s vegan items everyone needs to try.

Vegan Spinach and Cashew Ravioli

First on our list of Trader Joe’s vegan items is this Vegan Spinach and Cashew Ravioli.

This delicious pre-made pasta captures the same smooth texture as a cheesy ravioli but uses cashews.

While it’s just packaged as the ravioli, you can make a simple sauce or purchase one from Trader Joe’s

This recipe is the perfect vegan alternative to ravioli and a much healthier version of eating creamy pasta.

Korean Beefless Bulgogi

Another pre-packaged meal, Trader Joe’s Korean Beefless Bulgogi has the same delicious sauce and flavors as the traditional Korean dish, but without the meat.

Instead, soy protein replicates the beef and its texture.

This dish is easy to make and affordable for vegans and non-vegans alike. 

Peanut Butter Caramel Coated Popcorn

Moving towards more dessert-oriented foods, the Peanut Butter Caramel Coated Popcorn from Trader Joe’s is a sweet and salty snack.

This popcorn is a delicious favorite, with its first coating in sweet syrup and cane sugar, followed by a dip in salted peanut butter.

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Soy Chorizo

The Soy Chorizo is the best alternative at Trader Joe’s for sausage that doesn’t include any real meat ingredients.

Tthe soy protein ingredient is hard to differentiate from spices and herbs.

Made specifically by a company whose specialty is chorizo, the flavors are authentic and perfect for vegans.

Vegan Tzatziki Dip

As a dish that thrives on the creaminess of dairy, this vegan version of Tzatziki Dip captures that same texture just by using plant-based and dairy-free cream cheese.

Trader Joe’s utilizes the same herbs and flavors of the original, creating a dip just as delicious as the original. 

Vegan Pasta Bolognese

Pasta is usually complimented with two non-vegan foods: meat and cheese.

Trader Joe’s Vegan Pasta Bolognese uses neither but still provides that same savory, sweet taste. 

By using mushrooms and wheat protein, which would have been various types of meat in the original, this vegan meal is lighter and healthier. 

Vegan Banana Bread with Walnuts

Bread is another food that the vegan lifestyle needs to make adjustments to enjoy, and Trader Joe’s Vegan Banana Bread with Walnuts does so effortlessly.

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Whether you’re vegan or not, this recipe calls for the perfect bread texture and moisture.  

Pair it with your favorite tea from Trader Joe’s!

Tofu Scramble with Soy Chorizo

Alongside the previously mentioned Soy Chorizo, the Tofu Scramble is a vegan alternative to scrambled eggs.

The combination of the two makes a healthy and protein-filled breakfast. 

With the rich spices of the chorizo and the absorbent, seasoned flavors of tofu, this meal is a great and easy morning meal.

Vegan Brioche Loaf

Brioche is a fan favorite with bread lovers, and with this Trader Joe’s alternative, Vegan Brioche Loaf, vegans can enjoy it just the same.

To capture that similar fluffy thickness of Brioche, the vegan recipe calls for vegan butter and coconut butter. 

Vegan Salmonesque Spread with Capers and Dill

The Vegan Salmonesque Spread is a Trader Joe’s recipe that captures the smokiness of fish and the creaminess of dairy with dairy-free cream cheese and plant-based seafood. 

The capers and dill add natural flavors that enhance the alternative ingredients the same way they would the original.  

Vegan Caesar Dressing

Salads are a delicious meal for everyone and fit many diet plans, but the dressing is where things can get tricky.

Creamy caesar traditionally uses egg, but Trader Joe’s Vegan Caesar Dressing keeps the same smooth consistency without it.

This dressing is one of the best vegan options that use tofu and miso. 

Vegan Sour Cream Alternative

This Trader Joe’s Vegan Sour Cream Alternative is the perfect vegan option for replacing sour cream in recipes or using it directly on bagels, fruit, and other complementary foods. 

Using coconut oil, corn starch, and potato starch make this alternative perfectly vegan while replicating the same smooth, thick texture and sour taste.

Those with dietary restrictions or lactose intolerance will rejoice over this sour cream. 

Everything But the Bagel Seasoning

The Everything But the Bagel Seasoning from Trader Joe’s is a seasoning not only delicious for vegans but non-vegans as well.

Combining seeds and herbs makes it a versatile flavoring option that can season all foods, from chicken alternatives to cheesy macaroni.

Thai Vegetable Gyoza

Gyoza is a Japanese dumpling that typically incorporates egg in the filling, but the Thai Vegetable Gyoza focuses distinctly on a vegetable mixture.

The flavors complement well and make for a meatless, egg-free gyoza. 

Trader Joe’s creates a delicious alternative perfect for vegans and non-vegans alike.

Chicken-less Mandarin Orange Morsels

Chicken-less Mandarin Orange Morsels are an alternative to the Mandarin Chicken, in which Trader Joe’s uses soy protein morsels as the chicken and keeps the delicious orange sauce.

These can be eaten on their own or with a base, like rice and noodles, or paired with vegetables. 

Trader Joe’s Mandarin Orange Chicken is a Customer Choice Awards Champion, and with the same sauce used, the Chicken-less Mandarin Orange Morsels are close behind.

Vegan Caramelized Onion Dip

Caramelized onions are easy to obtain without touching butter, and this Vegan Caramelized Onion Dip proves that while being just as tasty.

Just by sauteeing onions with brown sugar and balsamic vinegar, the onions in this dip add a unique but delicious twist. 

Despite being plant-based and dairy-free, this dip has the same smooth and creamy texture as a traditional dip. 

Vegan Meatless Meat Eater’s Pizza

While meatless meat and pizza without cheese may sound odd, Trader Joe’s Vegan Meatless Meat Eater’s Pizza offers the same protein and savory taste. 

Using soy protein for the meat and non-dairy cheese for the base, this meatless pizza keeps the same consistency with a healthy twist. 

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Check out other vegan pizza recipes you can throw together yourself!

Vegan Enchilada Casserole

The Vegan Enchilada Casserole is delicious for non-vegans as much as it is for vegans with its delicious vegetables and vegan cheese.

It’s a meal that Trader Joe’s strived for, hoping the vegan option tastes just as savory as a typical enchilada casserole. They achieved this.

Cauliflower Gnocchi

Gnocci usually consists of eggs, potatoes, and flour, but Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Gnocchi utilizes cauliflower instead for a vegan-friendly alternative.

Grown in Italy and made by a professional supplier, the cauliflower is soft to bite and resembles gnocchi. It’s also low-carb!


Dolmas use grape leaves and various other vegetables on the outside, and the insides have meat, rice, and more vegetable mixture. 

Trader Joe’s vegan Dolmas remove the meat but keep the variety.

With multiple options from stuffed grape leads to eggplants, there are Dolma options for everyone.

Vegetable Spring Rolls

Trader Joe’s Vegetable Spring Rolls use the same vegetable ingredients as a non-vegan option and remove the pork or other meat and any egg that may have been used in the roll or the filling. 

With a side of the traditional sweet and sour sauce, these spring rolls rival non-vegan options.

Vegan Feta Cheese Alternative

The Vegan Feta Cheese Alternative captures the unique taste of traditional feta cheese with a plant-based version that soaks in brine.

This alternative to cheese still finds Feta’s creamy texture and delicious tang while being vegan-approved. 

Dill Pickle Mini Falafel

Trader Joe’s Dill Pickle Mini Falafel uses garbanzo beans as the base of their falafel and combines it with the refreshing taste of pickles for a crunchy texture and dill flavor. 

Falafel is made of chickpeas, an already vegan food, which makes this a unique variant just another way for vegans to enjoy falafel.

It can also be enjoyed by anyone, not just vegans and especially pickle lovers.

Hash Browns

Hash Browns are traditionally made with shredded potatoes and Trader Joe’s is no different.

Grown in Idaho, the potatoes used for these hash browns are fresh and crispy.  

Simply Eggless Egg Scramble

Simply Eggless is a brand that’s created an egg alternative that looks the same, tastes the same, and has the same textures as genuine eggs.

Simply Eggless Egg Scramble uses a specific type of legume, lupin beans, that resemble eggs well enough to disguise as them.

Almond Butter-Filled Pretzels

Pretzels are a versatile snack. Whether soft or hard, pretzels are best served with some sort of dip or filling. 

These Almond Butter-Filled Pretzels are an alternative to peanut butter-filled pretzels or cheesy pretzels.

They’re an alternative vegan dessert or sweet snack but loved by many. 

Boursin Dairy-Free Garlic and Herbs

Boursin is a company that specializes in vegan cheese.

Their Dairy-Free Garlic and Herbs is a cheese spread alternative made with plant-based cheese and delicious fresh herbs.

Best with crackers or bread, this vegan cheesy is as creamy but without the dairy. 

Dairy-Free Shredded Parmesan Cheese Alternative

Another cheese alternative, the Trader Joe’s Dairy Free Shredded Parmesan Cheese Alternative is plant-based.

With vegans and non-vegans in mind, their goal was to create a Parmesan cheese that kept the same savory flavors without the dairy. 

Cold Brew Coffee Boba Coconut Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert

The Cold Brew Coffee Boba Coconut Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert is an ice cream look-a-like with not an ounce of dairy in the recipe.

Coconut milk is popularly used as a milk substitute, and in this case, Trader Joe’s made a creamy coffee and coconut-flavored ice cream.

Check out other popular non-dairy ice creams to try.

Greek Chickpeas

Chickpeas are an as-is vegan-approved food, but Greek Chickpeas add an extra flavor to make them a stand-alone snack.

Similar to hummus, these Greek Chickpeas utilize the same variety of seasonings and herbs without mixing them into a smooth dip.

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Kimchi and Tofu Soup

Kimchi is a Korean dish already available on the vegan diet, and this Kimchi and Tofu Soup takes it a step further.

Alongside all the vegetables and seasonings, tofu and black rice add softer textures to the soup and absorb even more flavor. 

Warm, spicey, and soothing, Trader Joe’s vegan soup incorporates delicious Korean flavors. 

Mini Vegetable Samosas

These flakey Mini Vegetable Samosas have a warm filling of veggies and potatoes.

Trader Joe’s attempts to capture this Indian food’s authentic taste by using Indian spices typically found in other Indian foods.

This food qualifies as vegan but is enjoyable for all eaters.

Oat Chocolate Bars

Chocolate is a delicacy, but in its genuine creamy milk form, it’s not vegan.

These ​​Oat Chocolate Bars are made with authentic cane sugar and cocoa mass and combined with oats to gain the creamy flavor most milk chocolate bars have. It’s healthier but just as tasty.

Check out other tasty vegan chocolates to indulge in.

Oat Milk Strawberry Ice Cream

Oats are a huge part of a vegan diet because they can replace the dairy and nuts of an assortment of foods.

Trader Joe’s Oat Milk Strawberry Ice Cream is produced with oat milk and maintains that smooth texture and creamy taste.

It’s non-dairy and nut-free, great for customers with allergies, not just vegans.

Oat Non-Dairy Dessert Sandwiches

Ice cream sandwiches are a staple dessert, and these Oat Non-Dairy Dessert Sandwiches offer a vegan alternative that uses oat milk to replicate the creaminess.

Sandwiched between two non-dairy chocolate cookies, this dessert sandwich satisfies ice cream and chocolate lovers.

Pumpkin Gnocchi

Similar to the cauliflower gnocchi, Trader Joe’s pumpkin gnocchi uses pumpkin instead of eggs.

This vegan alternative has the perfect fall flavor and compliments well with other dairy-free and egg-free sauces like brown sugar and walnuts.

Riced Cauliflower Bowl

Trader Joe’s Riced Cauliflower Bowl utilizes various vegetables, tofu, chickpeas, and other vegan-friendly foods, all on top of a base of rice cauliflower.

All added into a pre-packaged bowl and mixed with seasonings, this delicious and healthy meal is perfect for all eaters. 

Organic Vegan Nacho Dip

Organic Vegan Nacho Dip is an all-organic, dairy-free dip that holds the same smooth and cheese-like texture alongside taste.

Cheese is a non-vegan food, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to replicate the delicious taste. 

Trader Joe’s does so in the form of a dip, perfect for chips, soft pretzels, and other bases.

Vegan Buttery Spread

While vegan butter exists from multiple brands, Trader Joe’s Vegan Buttery Spread can butter bread or add it to your baking and cooking.

Made with multiple oils, shea butter, bean protein, and salt, this vegan alternative tastes just like butter and is much healthier.

Joe-Joe’s Cookies

Chocolate sandwich cookies with a cream filling resembling an Oreo?

Yes, please! Joe-Joe’s Chocolate Vanilla Creme Cookies are not only vegan, but they’re also gluten-free and have a rich chocolate cocoa flavor. Looking for something seasonal?

Try the pumpkin and candy cane flavors during the fall and winter. 

Ratatouille Bites

Trader Joe’s turns the prolific dish, Ratatouille, into snackable, and vegan, Ratatouille Bites.

These tiny appetizers are full of different types of vegetables and herbs, rolled in breadcrumbs, and fried for a crunchy, salty, and savory bite.

Turkeyless Grounds

Turkeyless Grounds are a plant-based alternative to ground Turkey.

The perfect vegan-friendly option for all dishes that include Turkey.

With the proper seasonings on each separate plate, plant-based meats can taste full of exciting flavors.  

Red Pepper, Cranberry, and Walnut Dip

Red Pepper, Cranberry, and Walnut Dip is a unique Trader Joe’s recipe that tailors to vegan diets, but also makes a delicious dip for everyone with the mixture of vegetables, cranberries, and nuts, three fall-themed favorites.   

Grilled Artichoke Halves

Artichoke is a vegan food all on its own, and this Trader Joe’s Grilled Artichoke Halves recipe makes them a delicious appetizer or meal.

It’s as simple as splitting your artichokes down the middle and grilling them. 

Vegan Buffalo Dip

Some buffalo sauces are made with eggs, but Trader Joe’s Vegan Buffalo Dip uses vegetables and cayenne seasoning to produce their delicious vegan dip.

With a sprinkle of lime juice, the dip is cooled down enough to enjoy without too much fire.

Vegan Kale, Cashew, Basil Pesto

The Vegan Kale, Cashew, Basil Pesto is a delicious twist on the Italian favorite, pesto.

Instead of incorporating parmesan, this pesto uses vegan cashew butter to achieve that creamy texture and cheesy flavor. 

While it’s vegan food, it’s a unique taste many enjoy. 

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