Best Trader Joe’s Vegan Food (Oct. 2022)
updated quarterly, last update 10/1/22
I am a Trader Joe’s junkie, and proud of it🙌🏼! I love the brand, the food, and the store experience. In fact, my bi-weekly visit feels more like a ritual than a mom chore. And so, I try pretty much every vegan item that hits the shelves (or the fridges, or the freezers;)). I don’t like them all, but that’s okay because there are SO many good ones to consider in the best Trader Joe’s vegan food list 2022!
When it comes to Trader Joe’s, they do it right: they make eating delicious food EASY by offering so many convenient options that save time and money. And Trader Joe’s offers hundreds of vegan items because…they get it. Plant-based food is delicious and IS FOR EVERYONE, not just vegans!
My friends and family often ask me for a Trader Joe’s vegan grocery list, so I developed this log over two years ago and update it regularly.
These treasured TJ’s plant-based items stand out as being not only remarkably tasty, but uniquely Trader Joe’s. Here is my list of the Best Trader Joe’s Vegan Food, updated in October 2022.
In fact, this may just be the best food at Trader Joe’s…period;)!
NEW! Trader Joe’s Vegan Ice Cream: Very Chocolatey w/ Fudge Brownies
This decadent dessert recently hit the shelves and I am SO grateful for my daughters’ watchful eye over the frozen dessert section every visit! Rich, velvety, and oh so chocolatey…chocolate lovers may just wanna stock up!
Clearly this one makes the Best Trader Joe’s Vegan Dessert list as well!
Crispy Jalapeño Pieces
These crispy jalapeño pieces MAKE every salad. Crispy, crunchy, with the perfect level of heat, they are way more satisfying than the tortilla chips I used to use. From taco salads to vegan cobb salads (with vegan ranch dressing), these crispy jalapeño pieces are mandatory. In fact, I now buy 2 cans at a time so we never go without;).
Trader Joe’s Vegan Ravioli: Spinach and Cashew
The vegan Trader Joe’s ravioli is DELICIOUS! Mild and creamy, this pasta gets a big thumbs up from kiddos too. Keep it simple with tomato sauce and vegan parm (see below), or get more creative with the sauce.
Definitely an easy weeknight vegan Trader Joe’s meal to add to the rotation.
You guys…THIS is the green sauce of all store bought green sauces: garlicky, herbaceous, and with a perfect spicy kick. More flavorful than both TJ’s Vegan Kale Pesto (which is also on this list!) and that spicy Zhoug Sauce, this sauce serves so many purposes. And while I can’t vouch for it as a traditional Chimichurri with red meat, there are endless ways this sauce completes any dish.
First, as a dressing on salads, like a simple grain or pasta salads (love it on quinoa) or a more elaborate TJ’s Greek Salad. Second, dress up any old steamed or roasted veggie with Trader Joe’s Chimichurri Sauce. Finally, upgrade your sandwich or wrap with a slather of this sauce.
In fact, TJ’s Chimichurri is remarkably similar to my homemade Tangy Herb Sauce! And while I love a fresh, homemade sauce, TJ’s makes it possible to choose EASE without having to give up on TASTE once in a while.
Shredded Parmesan Cheese Alternative
Trader Joe’s took a while to catch up in the plant-based cheese category, but they nailed it with vegan parmesan! Slightly creamy and without any aftertaste, this is the best store-bought parm IMO and tops the list for best vegan cheese by category*. The perfect topping to endless vegan Trader Joe’s meals.
Trader Joe’s vegan options for cheese continue to expand and I look forward to tasting more as they hit the market!
*note: Trader Joe’s vegan feta makes the list too!
Taiwanese Green Onion Pancakes
These savory green onion pancakes currently top my family’s Trader Joe’s vegan list! I was unfamiliar with this Taiwanese bread before spotting it at TJ’s…I would describe them as a mix between tortillas and flaky paratha bread.
These pancakes are so addictive that the kiddos eat them right out of the fry pan, but I generally serve them alongside curries in place of naan bread. They are also perfect as tortillas in breakfast tacos.
They come frozen and go directly into a fry pan with a little oil. Ready in minutes, they are crispy, flaky and simply irresistible!
Vegan Tzatziki Dip: Best Trader Joe’s Vegan Food
This vegan Trader Joe’s tzatziki HITS THE SPOT for flavor, and it pairs perfectly with falafel on a salad or soft pita, or as a dip with veggies or pita chips. I spent years making my own tzatziki sauce before this hit the market, and I am so grateful to TJ’s to have my time back!
Trader Joe’s Vegan Caesar Dressing
This vegan caesar dressing was a game changer! After slaving away at homemade vegan caesar salad dressing for the past three years, I was BLOWN AWAY by the depth of flavor in this Trader Joe’s vegan version. Omnivore friends have tried it and agree: this egg-free and anchovy-free vegan option is solid. In fact, it is the ONLY store-bought dressing in our fridge regularly…except the one below!
Vegan Creamy Dill Dressing
This new vegan Trader Joe’s salad dressing is PERFECTION. Essentially the flavor of ranch dressing, this creamy dill is shockingly made with cauliflower and almond butter. It works on countless salad creations.
Healthy and delicious?! Sold!
Italian Bomba Hot Pepper Sauce
This fermented spicy pepper delight is a MUST TRY for spice fans. It has an awesome kick that takes a second to sink in and winds down slowly. Reminiscent of a Chinese chili paste we have loved for years but refreshingly less salty, we use it on almost everything: from pizza and pasta to rice and vegetables.
Vegan Caramelized Onion Dip
This vegan caramelized onion dip tops the list of Trader Joe’s vegan products most likely to fool omnivores! In fact, it tastes so similar to the dairy version that no one has ever even asked about it! I serve it regularly with potato chips for an easy poolside snack.
Definitely tops the list for best Trader Joe’s vegan food.
Hashbrowns: Best Trader Joe’s Vegan Food!
We have been loving on these for as long as I can remember. These hashbrown patties are one of life’s true pleasures…just pop ’em in the oven for about 25 minutes, or better yet, air fry them!
These are very reminiscent of those childhood fast food hashbrowns;). The ultimate breakfast comfort food, and one of the tried and true best Trader Joe’s vegan food items!
Vegan Kale, Cashew & Basil Pesto
This vegan pesto is in regular rotation in our kitchen, loved by both the adults and kiddos. Made with kale, it’s packed with even more goodness than the traditional version. In fact, I created a pesto roll recently using only 4 ingredients, including this one…check it out!
Plus, it will elevate endless dishes, from pasta to rice to sandwiches. Often, I will add a little cheesiness to it with homemade parmesan or just nutritional yeast.
Hold the Dairy Mini Coconut Dessert Cones
These mini Trader Joe’s vegan ice cream cones are their best frozen plant-based dessert IMO. They HIT THE SPOT when craving an ice cream cone…I dare you to eat just one;)!
If dessert if your jam, you may be interested in the other top vegan Trader Joe’s desserts too!
Sriracha Flavored Baked Tofu
If you like the flavor of sriracha and haven’t tried this tofu, YOUR LIFE IS NOT COMPLETE. It has a perfect amount of flavor and spice, and the texture is 👌. I generally consume a package each week, using it in sandwiches, wraps, salads, toast, stir fries, noodles, soups, and vegan California rolls! I personally prefer it cold/unheated.
Peeled Garlic: Best Food at Trader Joe’s
This here pre-peeled garlic has saved me hours over the past two years since I discovered it on the shelf. And while not unique in taste, it is so convenient. The only other place I have seen it is at Costco, and I just don’t use that much garlic;)!
Misal Curry with Brown Rice
We don’t eat many Trader Joe’s vegan frozen meals at our house, but once in a while, I love a quick and tasty weekday lunch. This Indian misal curry is really flavorful with a lovely little kick. If I have a minute, I add some sauteed greens for a well-balanced, protein-rich quick lunch at home.
Riced Cauliflower Bowl
The only other frozen Trader Joe’s vegan meal I enjoy somewhat regularly is this Riced Cauliflower Bowl with chickpeas, sweet potatoes, and tofu and a tahini sauce. Not only full of wholesome ingredients, this bowl had some powerful flavors and spice without overusing salt.
Vegan Tzatzki: Best Trader Joe’s Vegan Food
Romesco is so versatile, and this store-bought version is surprisingly fresh. In fact, I have never seen Romesco available in the refrigerator section of any grocery store–only jarred on the shelf. We tend to use it more like a sauce than a dip, and have enjoyed it on various dishes, like pasta, roasted potatoes, roasted cauliflower, and mixed in grains. When the kids are having boring old tomato sauce, we can up our game with this tasty option.
Thai Vegetable Gyoza
My kiddos LOVE potstickers, especially when dining out. At home, there is only one brand that we can all agree on—these Thai Vegetable Goyzas. With a perfectly balanced filling-to-dough ratio, a delicate texture, and a hint of gingery goodness, they are amazing on their own. But when I have a few extra minutes, I love to make them into a simple veggie dumpling soup to increase the kids’ veg consumption;). One of our favorite quick vegan Trader Joe’s meals.
Trader Joe’s Vegan Cookies: Oatmeal Chocolate Chip
These vegan oatmeal chocolate chip cookies with coconut are the only store bought cookies I buy regularly as they are consistently soft, slightly chewy, and not crumbly. And those little coconut flakes make them just so delicious. They are our go-to road trip dessert as they travel well too.
These bad boys are also included in the top vegan Trader Joe’s desserts too!
Sweet & Spicy Pecans
These pecans are the PERFECT balance of spice and sweet. While they most often show up in a salad (with some apples or pomegranate seeds and plant-based soft cheese), I have recently been snacking on them all on their own. They are so satisfying that I eat way fewer of them than I would other nuts.
These tasty Plantain Crisps surprised and confused us when they came out, as we had been big fans of the plantain chips for years and couldn’t imagine needing an alternative…but they are our favorite household dipping chip! Thinner and crispier than the original, they are similar in texture to a kettle potato chip. Plus, they are lighter (read: able to devour more guac with them😉)!
Bruschetta Sauce : Best Trader Joe’s Vegan Food
While this product has been around for years, it is still one of our family favs. While we have long enjoyed it mixed with lentils, both of my kiddos are super into the latest combo: this bruschetta sauce mixed with white beans over crostini.
I’ve never had real chorizo in my life, but this stuff sure is tasty, with the perfect amount of kick and flavor. The simplest preparation is to mix it with a ton of veggies and some crumbled tofu for an amazing breakfast scramble…no additional seasoning needed. It also works well as a meat replacement in any Mexican dish.
This Trader Joe’s vegan meat is approved by herbivores and omnivores alike!
Perhaps I have introduced you to something new, maybe I am missing your fav?! Please, tell me what you think in comments below! I update this trusty Best Trader Joe’s Vegan Food quarterly.
For more TJ’s love, check out:
- 8 Easy Vegan Trader Joe’s Meals
- Trader Joe’s Air Fryer Vegan Food
- Trader Joe’s Vegan Desserts that are Worth It!
- Trader Joe’s Salad Recipes & Ideas
- Easy Trader Joe’s Appetizers and Snacks
- Trader Joe’s and Costco Vegan Value Comparison
Finally, for vegan recipes using Trader Joe’s ingredients, check out:
- Easy Vegan Ice Cream Pie
- How to Air Fry Tofu
- Tangy Green Herb Sauce
- Green Vegan Pasta Primavera
- Oven Roasted Cauliflower with Garlic, Capers, & Panko
- Semi-homemade Veggie Dumpling Soup
- Easy, Creamy Kale & White Bean Dip
- Delectable Tahini Dressing/Dip/Sauce