Easy Trader Joe’s Vegan Appetizers & Snacks

updated September 2022

Whether you’re looking for the best vegan appetizer ideas for entertaining or simply the most delicious vegan snacks to buy, these easy Trader Joe’s vegan appetizers & snacks are your answer!

Pesto Rolls: Fancy Vegan Appetizers

This is one of easiest Trader Joe’s vegan appetizers to impress a crowd! (Also on the list of Vegan Party Finger Foods!)

Inspired by our favorite Oakland bakery, Timeless Cafe, I created a quick and easy semi-homemade version of our favorite pastry there. With just 3-4 simple ingredients, these tasty rolls are as adorable as they are delicious. My kids love ’em too!

I prefer smaller crescent rolls, so I cut the pre-cut triangles from the package in half. Then simply add a slathering of Trader Joe’s vegan pesto and a sprinkle of Trader Joe’s vegan parmesan onto the dough, roll ’em up, and top some (or all) with Trader Joe’s Everything But the Bagel seasoning! Pop in the oven for 10 minutes at 350 and they are ready to go!

PS- If you haven’t tried Trader Joe’s vegan parm yet, it’s a must. In fact, it may just be the tastiest vegan parmesan on the market! Definitely made the best vegan cheeses list!


best Trader Joe's vegan appetizers: caramelized onion dip
ridge cut potato chips

This is one of those Trader Joe’s vegan snacks that I serve at almost every gathering! TJ’s vegan caramelized onion dip is full of oniony flavor! In fact, it tastes so similar to the dairy version that people assume it is!

I serve the onion dip with these ridge cut potato chips because they are the perfect thickness for dipping. Also, these chips are less salty than other ridged potato chip brands, which allows the dip flavor to shine.

LENTIL BRUSCHETTA TOASTS: Trader Joe’s vegan appetizers

lentil bruschetta , one of my easy Trader Joe's vegan appetizers
bruschetta sauce, one of the easy Trader Joe's vegan appetizers
pre-cooked lentils
white beans

This Trader Joe’s bruschetta sauce is delicious all by itself, but can easily be made into a variety of healthy vegan appetizers by adding legumes like lentils or white beans. And then either serve on toast with a little arugula on top (for the adults). Or my kids may prefer mixing with white beans and using crackers to shovel it in;)

These toasts are also one of my Easy Vegan Trader Joe’s Meals too!

Dill Pickle Mini Falafel with Tzatziki

Trader Joe’s Dill Pickle falafel are the perfect appetizer size. Paired with Trader Joe’s vegan tzatziki, you have an appetizer to impress a crowd, and no one will ever think it’s vegan!

The falafel are easy to heat in the oven, and even crispier in the air fryer!

Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Crisps

These unassuming crackers are delightful all on their own, or paired with your dip of choice. With a hint of coconut, you would never know that these gluten free crackers are make with cauliflower!

Trader Joe’s Chipotle Black Bean Dip & Plantain Crisps

chipotle black bean dip
plantain crisps

I have tried some pretty bland bean dips in my day, so my expectations were low with this one. But this chipotle black bean dip is FULL OF FLAVOR: smoky, spicy, and salty. It is a pantry staple when I need to put out a quick snack or appetizer, along with our favorite Trader Joe’s plantain crisps!

Trader Joe’s Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

pumpkin seeds, high-protein, store-bought snacks

These Trader Joe’s pumpkin seeds are delightfully salty, crunchy, and dry roasted without any oil! They are so addicting that it’s tough to believe they are so pure. Packed with protein, these seeds are the optimal whole food vegan snack.

Trader Joe’s Pepita Salsa

pepita salsa
plantain crisps

With so many salsas on the market, it is tough for any one to stand out, but this one sure does. With an undeniable depth of flavor from the pepitas (pumpkin seeds) and an 8 on the spice scale (to 10), this salsa is just hard to top. Of course, or favorite combo is along with our favorite chips, Trader Joe’s plantain crisps!.

Nuts: One of the Easiest Trader Joe’s Appetizers

garlic and onion pistachios
Thai lime & chili cashews

Trader Joe’s has long been a leader in deliciously addictive nuts, like sweet & spicy pecans. So when I want to round out my appetizer table, I love to throw in some tasty, unique nuts.

The Trader Joe’s garlic and onion pistachios are not only flavorful but also mild. And the Trader Joe’s Thai lime & chili cashews offer an impressive, addictive kick. They balance the table out perfectly with something for every palate.

Trader Joe’s Bamba with Hazelnut Creme filling

I bought these on a whim a few months ago, after my kids realized Nutella is not vegan. When I saw that this peanut snack was filled with chocolate hazelnut cream without any dairy, I thought this may pacify their craving…and they do!

I even enjoy a handful once in a while;)!

Trader Joe’s Vegetable Spring Rolls

Trader Joe's vegan appetiizers: veggie spring rolls

These vegetable spring rolls are one of the only frozen items we buy regularly. Not only perfectly crispy, the filling is unique (with kale and edamame) and delicious (even my son loves them!). We eat them as an appetizer, snack, or side dish on Chinese food night!

Perhaps I have introduced you to something new?! Or, maybe I am missing your favorite Trader Joe’s vegan appetizers or snacks?! Please, tell me what you think in comments below or send me a message.

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