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The Essential Vegan Guide to Trader Joe’s

This popular grocery chain carries everything from cashew cheese to vegan chunky chocolate chip cookies. You just need to know what to look for.  



Trader Joe’s has become a cult-favorite grocery chain for a reason. From constantly keeping its customers on their toes with new product launches to making a firm commitment to reducing its plastic usage for the benefit of the environment, this chain knows how to stay ahead of the trend. Here is your definitive list of all the vegan items at this iconic grocery chain you need to add to your cart.


1. Vegan Kale, Cashew, and Basil Pesto
From stirring into fusilli pasta to spreading on toasted baguettes, this flavorful vegan, dairy-free pesto is an absolute must-buy.


2. Miyoko’s Kitchen Un-Lox Your Dreams Cream Cheese
All the flavor of smoky lox, without the fish.


3. Soy Chorizo
Add this to a vegan breakfast burrito with potatoes, tofu scramble, avocado, and salsa. You’ll thank us later.


4. Cashew Fiesta Dip
Oil-free, cashew-based cheese dip is here to step up your nacho game.

5. Miyoko’s Cultured Vegan Butter
The perfect “treat yourself” buy for when you’re feeling fancy.


6. Rainbow Wrap
On your lunch break? Grab this veggie-filled, ready-to-eat wrap.


7. Zhoug Sauce
This Yemeni-inspired sauce features fresh cilantro, spicy jalapeños, garlic, cardamom, and sea salt.


8. Coconut Creamer
An essential item for any morning coffee drinker that can’t quite stomach black coffee (they also have soy creamer).


9. Trader Joe’s Jumbo Cinnamon Rolls
Yup, these cinnamon rolls are accidentally vegan. Look out for the seasonal pumpkin version that appears every fall.


10. Cultured Coconut Milk Yogurt
Get your daily dose of probiotics from these Vanilla or Blueberry-flavored yogurt cups.

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11. Super Spinach Salad
Quinoa, carrots, chickpeas, spinach, pumpkin seeds, and edamame are doused in a carrot ginger miso dressing for a colorful and healthy lunch.


12. Salad Dressings
Almond Butter Turmeric, Green Goddess, or Carrot Ginger Miso? Don’t worry; they’re all delicious.


13. Super Burrito
Is there anything better than a big, filling, veggie-loaded burrito? We’re going with no.


14. Sriracha Baked Tofu
If you’re feeling lazy or in need of convenience, buy this pre-baked and seasoned fiery tofu.


15. Vegan Pasta Bolognese
Red lentil pasta and a meaty, rich mushroom-based bologense style sauce make this a great go-to for tasty frozen meals. 


16. Pulled Jackfruit in Smoky BBQ Sauce
This heat, pour, and serve protein option is delicious in sandwiches, bowls, tacos, burritos, and so much more!


17. Cold Brew Coconut Cream Latte
Mornings on the go have never been easier. This dairy-free canned latte option helps us get up and going in the morning. 


18. Chocolate Fudge Oat Bars
These dairy-free fudge bars use oat milk to give them deliciously creamy texture. Keep a box in the freezer for a sweet treat at the end of a long day. 

19. Vegan Enchilada Casserole

Red chile sauce, seasoned pinto beans, roasted vegetables all layered between corn tortillas with vegan mozzarella and cheddar make for a convenient meal.


20. Beefless Ground Beef
Add these meatless crumbles to a shepherd’s pie or into your pasta sauce for a hearty meal.


21. Vegan Ranch Dip 
This thick, creamy dip is the perfect side to buffalo cauliflower or a slice of vegan pizza. 


22. Overnight Oats
These vanilla-flavored, almond milk soaked overnight oats make the perfect on-the-go meal for busy weekday mornings. 


23. Vegan Caesar Dressing
Made from a blend of tofu, olive oil, lemon juice, white miso, dijon mustard, and capers, this tasty salad dressing is making eating our vegetables tastier than ever. 


24. Impossible Foods Meat
The 12-ounce package of plant-based beef is available in the refrigerated or frozen section for $7.99 (price may vary by location).


25. Taiwanese Green Pancakes
These flaky, Asian-style vegetable pancakes can be found in the frozen food section of the popular grocer. 

26. Cauliflower Gnocchi
The key with this essential is to totally ignore the cooking instructions on the package. Throw these on a baking sheet in the oven or in your air fryer to get them nice and crispy.


27. Hash Browns
There’s nothing better than crispy, buttery hashbrowns on a weekend morning.

28. Yellow Jackfruit Curry with Jasmine Rice
Weeknight frozen meals don’t have to be boring. This spicy curry features meaty jackfruit and flavorful vegetables.

29. Mango Sticky Rice Spring Rolls
One of our favorite desserts stuffed inside a crispy spring roll? Yes, please!

30. Vegan Tikka Masala
When that Indian food craving strikes, we’re reaching for this convenient plant-based meal.


31. Cookies & Creme Vanilla Bon Bons 
Bite-sized desserts make it seem okay when we devour half the box.


32. Hi-Protein Veggie Burgers
When people ask where you get your protein, you can direct them to this burger.


33. Protein Patties Plant-Based Burger
Speaking of protein-rich burgers … this new beefy addition to the freezer section at Trader Joe’s is sure to become a favorite come grilling season. 


34. Riced Cauliflower Bowl
Tahini sauce, chickpeas, baked tofu, cauliflower rice, roasted onions, sweet potatoes … what more could you want?

35. Vegetable Spring Rolls
An oldie, but a goodie! We love these savory, appetizer-ready bites.


36. Chicken-less Mandarin Orange Morsels
Panda Express could never! These sweet, sticky meatless nuggets are a staple.


37. Thai Vegetable Gyoza
Fry these up in a pan and dip in a ginger-infused soy sauce for the ultimate lazy meal.

38. Vegan Cheesecakes 
Our dessert cravings just got the best answer! Each package contains two mini dairy-free cheescakes … perfect for sharing with a friend. 


39. Vegetable Pad Thai
Grab a box of these noodles for whenever your craving for Thai food strikes.


40. Chickpea Masala Salad
Layer this between sourdough with lettuce, tomato, and avocado for a crave-worthy sandwich. 


41. Vegan Salad Kits
These pre-made, ready-to-go salad kits make dinnertime easier than ever! Toss in your favorite plant-based protein and you are ready to go.


42. Oat Milk Strawberry Ice Cream 
Studded with almond brittle and candied strawberries, each bite of this dairy-free ice cream tastes just like summer (no matter the season). 


43. Cold Brew Coffee and Boba Coconut Ice Cream 
Coffee + Ice Cream + Boba = perfection.


44. Dark Chocolate Sunflower Seed Butter Cups
These are often conveniently located near the registers, so just try to resist tossing one of these dairy-free treats in your basket.


45. Chewy Chunky Chocolate Chip Cookies
The toughest decision here is whether to get the Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip or Chewy Chocolate Chip with Walnuts.


46. Chili and Lime Rolled Tortilla Chips 
If you’re a fan of Takis, you’ll love these fiery corn-based snacks.  


47. Nutritional Yeast
Yeah, you can find pretty much any staple at this grocery store—even beloved nooch.


48. Speculoos Crunchy Cookie Butter
This is an OG Trader Joe’s favorite that has always been deliciously vegan.


49. Dolmas
Add these rice-stuffed grape leaves to your artisanal cheese platter at your next dinner party.


50. Vegan Banana Bread with Walnuts
Chewy, nut-studded, bakery-fresh banana bread is just one grocery trip away.


51. Speculoos Cookies
Enjoy these crunchy, irresistibly sweet biscuit cookies at your afternoon tea time.

52. Everything But the Bagel Seasoning
If you have yet to try this seasoning to top your avocado toast, you seriously need to get yourself to the closest Trader Joe’s.


53. Soft Baked Snickerdoodle Cookies
These chewy, nostalgic, cinnamon sugar-coated cookies pair perfectly with hot chocolate.


54. Inner Peas Snacks
These pea-based crispy snacks are super kid-friendly and perfect for summer picnics!


55. Seasoned Kale Chips
Each leaf of crunchy kale is doused in a creamy mixture of cashew butter and tahini.


56. Red Pepper Spread with Eggplant and Garlic
Dip this spread in one of Trader Joe’s’ myriad of vegan-friendly crackers or serve with dolma.


57. Almond Butter-Filled Pretzels
These crunchy, salty, nutty bites are packed with protein and healthy fats and are great to keep on hand when running errands. 


58. Go Macro Bars
You can even stock up on your favorite protein bars in the aisles of this Hawaiian-themed market.

59. Falafel Mix
For a healthier take on this classic Mediterranean dish, bake these falafel balls instead of frying them.


60. Joe-Joe’s
It doesn’t get much more classic than these storebrand Oreo sandwich cookies.


61. Lenny and Larry’s Complete Cookies
Even these popular, protein-packed cookies have found their way onto the shelves at TJ’s.

62. Brownie Crisps
Somewhere between a brownie and a crunchy cookie, this delicious sweet treat was born.


63. Neopolitan Puff Cereal
This vegan-friendly cereal captures all the nostalgic flavor of neopolitan ice cream with chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry puffs, and it’s made with beans! 


64. Gambler’s Flash Red Wine
Did you know not all wine is vegan? Don’t worry. This one is!


65. Green Fin Wines
Choose between red, white, or rosé from this vegan-friendly winery.


66. Joseph Handler Red Wine
Many Trader Joe’s have even begun to handily label which wines are vegan, such as this red.

Sarah McLaughlin is the New Products Editor at VegNews who shops at Trader Joe’s at least once a week.


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