This updated list of my favorite Trader Joe’s vegan products highlights some of the store’s must haves.
Items include pantry staples, refrigerated sauces and spreads, enticing frozen items, as well as tasty snacks and treats.
Going to Trader Joe’s is like a treasure hunt.
You never know what you may fall in love with at your next visit.
New and exciting products appear on store shelves in regular rotation.
But being a TJ’s fan is also a lesson in detachment. As soon as you’ve found a product you love, it may be discontinued.
Products are taken off the shelves because they’re seasonal, not selling well, or for quality control reasons.
So when you like something, you’ve got to buy it and enjoy it while you can.
Some products stick around for years, others for just weeks.
Today I’m sharing an updated list of 50 favorite Trader Joe’s vegan products.
(Wondering what I buy every week? Check out my Trader Joe’s grocery list!)
In this post:
- Green jackfruit
- Chickenless crispy tenders
- Korean beefless bulgogi
- Spanish style rice
- Salsa de cacuhuate
- Garlic & jalapeño stuffed olives
- Vegan ice cream sandwiches
- Squiggly knife cut noodles
- Taiwanese green onion pancakes
- Oat chocolate bars with crispy rice
- Vegan spinach & cashew ravioli
- Chicken-less Orange Morsels
- Everything but the Bagel seasoning
- Nutritional yeast flakes
- Peanut butter caramel popcorn
- Onion salt
- Vegan feta cheese
- Soy chorizo
- Organic shredded cabbage
- Steamed lentils
- Thai vegetable gyoza
- Vegetable spring rolls
- Grilled artichoke halves
- Organic kosher sandwich pickles
- Hashbrown patties
- Fruit jellies
- Greek chickpeas
- Marcona almonds
- Extra firm tofu & baked tofu
- Organic brown rice
- Organic tomato basil marinara
- Ridge cut potato chips
- Vegan caramelized onion dip
- Vegan tzatziki
- Non-dairy shreds & slices
- Boursin dairy free garlic & herbs
- Cashew yogurt
- Mini vegetable samosas
- Frozen fully cooked falafel
- Vegetable fried rice
- Riced cauliflower stir-fry
- Strawberry oat ice cream
- Sugar snap peas
- Tubed polenta
- Radishes of many colors
- Vegan marshmallows
Obviously, you can buy young green jackfruit other places. It’s available at Asian grocery stores, in addition to natural food stores.
But it’s very handy to buy at Trader Joe’s when I’m doing my regular shopping run.
And for people who are confused about which jackfruit to buy for savory dishes, it’s an easy place to point them.
This green jackfruit packed in brine works well for things like BBQ jackfruit.
And there are lots of vegan barbecue sauce options at Trader Joe’s that you can use for it. I’m especially fond of the Kansas City-style shown above.
Chickenless crispy tenders
Chickenless crispy tenders are a freezer staple.
They get beautifully crisp on the outside. And the inside has wonderful bite.
They’re one of those super easy dinners for when you come home famished.
Tear open a bag, and throw them into the air fryer.
They’re ready by the time you’re in pajamas & have poured a glass of wine.
Pop them into veggie wraps with bell pepper, romaine, and a lemon tahini sauce drizzle. Not too shabby for something that took next to no effort at all!
Or put the air fried strips onto a warmed baguette sandwich, smeared with vegan mayo and mustard. Add pickle planks & onion slices.
Serve it with french fries (also cooked in the air fryer).
Korean beefless bulgogi
Do not pass go. Go directly to these new beefless strips.
They are AMAZING. Easily one of my favorite new TJ’s products in years.
These soy protein strips are tossed in a sweet soy marinade. But the flavors of the marinade are subtle.
What really stands out is the flavor of steak.
- They’re great in fried rice
- They make an excellent centerpiece in vegan steak sandwiches
- Use them in a vegan bánh mì or kimchi reuben (instead of bulgogi tofu)
- Or put them in fajitas or steak tacos along with a drizzle of cilantro chimichurri
My favorite way to prepare them is in the air fryer. Pull them out of the packaging, and cook at 400 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes.
(The air fryer directions on the package aren’t for nearly long enough.)
Since it starts as a solid block, you’ll need to use a spatula to break up the strips as they cook, and pull them apart.
Let them get a little overdone and crispy around the edges. SO GOOD.
Spanish style rice
Salsa de cacuhuate
Get it while it lasts! Seasonal salsa de cacuhuate is just here for the summer.
It’s a really unique salsa with guajillo chile peppers and peanuts. It’s made with peanut butter, which adds wonderful richness and depth of flavor.
Looking for an everyday salsa? The organic thick & chunky salsa pictured in the lower right hand corner is my current favorite!
Garlic & jalapeño stuffed olives
Garlic and jalapeño stuffed olives are firm, buttery, and briny.
Then they have a little kick of garlic & heat at the end.
Here are some ways to enjoy them:
Vegan ice cream sandwiches
If you’re a fan of ice cream sandwiches, make it your business to get a box of these!
Officially called oat non-dairy frozen dessert sandwiches, this icy treat scratches that childhood nostalgia itch in every way.
The wonderfully creamy vanilla ice cream stands in delicious contrast to the dark chocolate flavor of the exterior.
The sandwiches are just the right size for an afternoon treat.
(Curiously, the serving size is TWO sandwiches. But one is perfect for me.)
A box of 6 is $3.49 at my Trader Joe’s location.
Squiggly knife cut noodles
Squiggly knife cut noodles have quickly become a pantry favorite at my house! They’re very similar to Momofuko noodles, sold online and at Target.
As directed on the package, you’re supposed to boil the noodles, drain them, and then toss with the soy & sesame sauce packet. That’s not my favorite way to use them, though.
I like to marinate cubed tofu in the sauce pack, boil the noodles, and steam broccoli over the pot in a steamer basket. Then I put them all together for a noodle bowl. I finish with a generous drizzling of peanut sauce. (For more complete directions, see my Instagram post.)
The noodles are also good in homemade ramen with tahini miso broth. (Add Better Than Bouillon no chicken base in place of the usual ramen seasoning packet.)
Taiwanese green onion pancakes
I am obsessed with these green onion pancakes! They are amazing fried in a little oil in a skillet, and served alongside fried rice (with or without pineapple).
Cook them straight from the freezer in a non-stick skillet. They get wonderfully crispy around the edges, while the rest of the pancake is tender & dippable with gyoza dipping sauce.
(Be aware that Trader Joe’s also has a second type of scallion pancakes that are NOT vegan. Look for the word “vegan” on the label!)
Oat chocolate bars with crispy rice
Looking for a vegan Crunch bar? Try the new oat chocolate bars with crispy rice and cocoa nibs.
These cute little bars come three to a pack. They have a nice light crunch, and vegan milk chocolate by way of oat milk.
(FYI: For whatever reason, I didn’t enjoy the plain oat milk bars. They have a vaguely floral quality that isn’t my favorite.)
Vegan spinach & cashew ravioli
Vegan spinach and cashew ravioli is made with egg-free semolina pasta. It’s stuffed with cashew cheese and stuffed spinach.
You can find it in the refrigerated section with the other fresh pasta options.
Follow the package directions. And enjoy this ravioli with your favorite pasta sauce and a sprinkling of vegan parmesan.
Or use it to make vegan fried ravioli. Bread the ravioli right out of the package. Then cook it in the air fryer!
Fried ravioli is wonderful with marinara or cilantro basil pesto for dunking.
Heads up: There’s a second plant-based ravioli option now – vegan Italian Bolognese ravioli. It has a sweet flavor that’s similar to canned Chef Boyardee. I don’t recommend it with something like pesto, where the flavor stands out. But with a tomato sauce, it’s okay. You can’t really taste the “Bolognese” aspect.
Chicken-less Orange Morsels
When you’re craving Chinese takeout, make a batch of this vegan orange chicken.
I like to cook the chicken-less bites in the air fryer until crispy. Then reduce the sauce in a separate pan. Once the sauce has thickened, add the crispy bites until just coated.
Serve with brown rice & steamed broccoli.
(The frozen brown rice pouches & chopped florets work great here as timesavers!)
It’s a full meal that’s ready in almost no time.
Everything but the Bagel seasoning
If you’ve ever had an everything bagel, you know what to expect with this seasoning mix.
It’s a combination of sesame seeds, poppy seeds, sea salt flakes, dried garlic, and dried onion.
I use it several mornings a week on my vegan avocado toast, along with a generous sprinkling of nutritional yeast flakes (also on this list.)
You can also add it to non-dairy cream cheese or as a topping on hummus. Use it as a finishing salt on vegan pigs in a blanket.
A lot of people like to add it to their popcorn or an air fryer baked potato.
Nutritional yeast flakes
Buying a big canister of nutritional yeast flakes can get pricey. However, a bag of nutritional yeast at Trader Joe’s is only $2.99.
And unless you’re making massive amounts of vegan mac & cheese, it will probably last you a while.
(And if you are making massive amounts of vegan mac & cheese, invite me over, okay?)
What is nutritional yeast? <— Find out here
Peanut butter caramel popcorn
This peanut butter caramel coated popcorn is almost too good.
It’s dangerously easy to polish off a whole bag in one sitting.
The popcorn is double coated in peanut butter and caramel. It’s surprisingly not sticky.
Each kernel holds its form, making it easy to enjoy handful after delicious handful.
Trader Joe’s onion salt is a pantry staple.
It’s made with granulated onion, granulated garlic, minced onion, green onion, chives, and salt.
It has a delicious layered flair that adds yum to everything it touches. It’s similar to Fox Point seasoning from Penzey’s, but for a tiny fraction of the price.
I like to use it in my vegan ranch dressing. Just omit all of the other herbs, onion powder, and salt. Then add several generous shakes of onion salt until it tastes just right.
Onion salt is also delicious on garlic bread. Grab a baguette, and cut it in half. Then butter it with non-dairy butter, and add several shakes of onion salt. Toast it in the air fryer, toaster, or oven. Great with salad or pasta!
Vegan feta cheese
If you like Violife feta, give this feta from TJ’s a whirl. I’m pretty sure it’s just repackaged Violife in sturdier packaging.
This vegan feta is packaged in brine. It has a flavor with funk that is more similar to goat cheese than feta.
If you’d prefer to make your own, check out my vegan feta cheese recipe made with blanched almonds.
Organic shredded cabbage
Sure, you could easily shred a head of cabbage yourself. But this shredded cabbage mix is a terrific shortcut.
And since cabbage and carrots are relatively dry vegetables, this mix keeps well in the refrigerator for a while without going bad.
Lentils aren’t hard to make from scratch. And they only take about 30 minutes to cook.
But you know what’s even easier & faster?
Opening a package of fully cooked brown lentils that are ready to go.
A lot of lentils are packed into a pouch. It contains five ½ cup servings.
These steamed lentils are a refrigerator staple for me.
Use steamed lentils in:
Thai vegetable gyoza
These veggie-packed envelopes of deliciousness have won over everyone I’ve served them to – from grandparents to grandkids.
There’s rarely a time when I don’t have a bag in the freezer ready to go for a quick snack, or to use as a side dish to a stir fry.
Of course, they also have a starring role in vegan potsticker soup.
Filled with cabbage, carrots, chives, white radishes, onions, ginger, garlic, and soy sauce, they have a great taste that isn’t too overpowering.
These days I usually fry them in the air fryer (400 degrees for 10 minutes with a spritz of oil, stopping once to shake.) However, they’re also great fried or steamed in a skillet.
I like to serve them with gyoza dipping sauce or Chinese hot mustard for dipping.
Vegetable spring rolls
Unlike uninspiring, cabbage-heavy spring rolls, these are stuffed with kale, edamame, tofu, and mushrooms.
The wrapper gets delightfully light & flaky in the air fryer.
I serve them with Chinese hot mustard for dipping.
(By the way, I also buy the bagged baby spinach & tri-color peppers shown above almost every visit!)
Grilled artichoke halves
I may be a little bit obsessed with these grilled artichoke halves.
I’ve been an artichoke lover for decades, but these grilled ones add a certain something that makes them totally craveable.
The artichokes take on a smokiness from the grill and have those beautiful, dark grill marks that I adore.
Prefer water-packed artichoke hearts? (I usually have both kinds on hand.) Trader Joe’s has those as well, and they are delicious as an appetizer of fried artichoke hearts.
Organic kosher sandwich pickles
It may seem strange to put sliced pickles on the list, but when Trader Joe’s wasn’t in my area, I’d stock up with 5 or 6 jars when I happened to be near one.
They have a good dill flavor, crunch, and work perfectly for those of us who want our sandwich to include a taste of pickle with every bite.
Plus, they’re organic and only $2.99. That’s a really good deal when organic pickles can sometimes cost $5 or more. (It’s just cucumbers, people!)
While I often make hashbrowns from scratch on the weekends, sometimes I want the delicious crispy crunch of hashbrowns without having to clean the food processor afterwards.
These hashbrown patties remind me of a certain non-vegan fast food establishment I used to visit as a kid.
They are great with a tofu scramble. Don’t forget the seitan bacon & avocado!
Did you know you can even cook them on the grill? My usual method for cooking them is in the air fryer. However, if you’re already making a cast iron breakfast skillet, add some hashbrowns to a grill basket!
I’m not usually a big candy person. But I can’t resist these fruit jellies.
They’re in the same wheelhouse as a gummy product, except that they’re softer with a gel-like interior.
They come packed in multiple flavors – orange, grape, lemon, raspberry, blueberry, and mandarin.
And they’re finished with granulated sugar, which adds great texture.
Right out of the can at room temperature, these chickpeas are fine. But roasted or air fried, they are wonderful!
The oil they’re packaged in makes them extra brown and crispy on the outside.
And the seasonings of cumin, parsley, and lemon intensify as they cook.
(See a picture of how they look roasted on Instagram.)
Here’s how to air fry them: Drain them. Then air fry at 400 degrees for about 12 minutes or until they reach your desired level of crispiness. Stop occasionally to shake the air fryer basket.
Or roast in the oven: Cook them on a baking sheet for about 20 minutes at 400 degrees. Stop occasionally to shake the baking sheet.
Add them to a charcuterie board. Use them as a salad topping. Or put them in a warmed pita with vegan tzatziki, cucumbers, red onion, and lettuce.
Trader Joe’s is my go-to stop for nuts. I always have a wide variety in my lazy susan – peanuts, raw & roasted cashews, shelled pistachios, salt & pepper pistachios…
Two of my favorites are these Marcona almonds in truffle & rosemary.
Marcona almonds are the best, because they aren’t as dry as your typical almond. I love their thin crunch.
These are seasoned and go beautifully on a vegan cheeseboard, with salad, or as a snack.
Plus, since they have a very specific flavor, it’s easy to be satisfied with a few. (That sounds like a back-handed compliment, but it’s true!)
Canned dolmas are another thing I would buy in groups of five whenever I went to a Trader Joe’s location out of town.
Obviously they keep well in the cupboard. So there’s no worry about them going bad before I can use them.
I know that canned food often doesn’t inspire confidence, but these stuffed grape leaves are really good!
They are tightly packed and firm, not mushy like some underwhelming dolmas you buy in cans.
Extra firm tofu & baked tofu
Trader Joe’s is my go-to stop for alllllll of the tofu.
First, my main, all-purpose tofu is extra firm in vacuum packaging. I like that it doesn’t require pressing before using.
It is a little drier than the water-packed kind. However, now I’ve been using vacuum-packed tofu for so long, I really don’t even notice.
(Need more ideas? Check out these 28 tofu recipes.)
Trader Joe’s teriyaki flavor baked tofu is a good snack on its own straight out of the fridge. I also like to put it on avocado toast.
It is an easy to transport lunch with a salad or bowl. It also works well in a cooler if you’re heading on a road trip or taking food on a plane.
When I need a quick stir-fry in a flash, I like to cut the baked tofu into cubes and pop it into the air fryer until crisp around the edges.
For another baked tofu option, they also have a sriracha flavor, which I like a lot too.
Organic brown rice
Frozen brown rice is so darned convenient. No more waiting for rice to cook.
And you can use it straight from frozen when making pineapple fried rice.
Just get your vegetables softened. Then add the rice straight from the bag into the skillet.
Organic tomato basil marinara
I love the full-bodied flavor of this sauce.
It’s not too sweet like some spaghetti sauces. And the ingredient list is really wholesome.
Plus, it has a V for “vegan” right on the label.
That’s super handy when you’re scanning the list of options at the store.
Ridge cut potato chips
These potato chips are my obsession.
I hardly ever buy them, because once the bag is open, I can’t stop thinking about them.
I love the balance of salt and pepper, and the crunch from the ridges.
(If it’s mid-November or early December, don’t miss my very favorite potato chips with horseradish & chives!)
Vegan caramelized onion dip
This onion dip has big chunks of caramelized onions in every bite.
It is almost too good. I really have to use self restraint not to blaze through it in a day or two.
The texture is incredibly thick – like cashew cream or cream cheese.
So be sure to grab some very sturdy chips like the salt & pepper kettle chips also on this list.
This creamy cucumber dip has the flavors of lemon, dill, and garlic.
It is terrific on a pita with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and falafel.
Or instead of falafel, use crispy chickenless strips, homemade seitan chicken, or a can of Greek chickpeas.
(To see how to turn the roasted Greek chickpeas into a pita pocket with tzatziki, check out this Instagram post.)
Non-dairy shreds & slices
Trader Joe’s has stepped up its non-dairy cheese game with vegan cheddar slices, mozzarella shreds, and vegan parmesan.
They’re all pretty mildly flavored and nice in complement to a full dish.
The cheddar slices and mozzarella are cashew-based. The American slices are potato starch & coconut oil-based. The slices remind me of Parmela, if you’re familiar with that brand.
Boursin dairy free garlic & herbs
Calling all garlic fans!
The dairy free Boursin garlic and herbs spread is an excellent addition to your vegan cheeseboard.
It has a thinner, spreadable quality that is nice on crackers.
I also like to add a dollop to a baked potato.
Yogurt is handy to have on hand for a quick breakfasts and snacks.
Trader Joe’s cashew yogurt is nice & creamy.
It’s available in strawberry and vanilla.
Mini vegetable samosas
Enter mini vegetable samosas.
These flaky samosas are made with a phyllo-type dough and loaded with peas, carrots, potatoes, lentils, onions, and spices.
I cook them in the air fryer. They get beautifully crisp on the outside.
Cook them in the air fryer at 400 degrees for 7 to 8 minutes. Stop once to flip half way through.
I like to serve them with homemade apple chutney or Trader Joe’s zhoug sauce.
Frozen fully cooked falafel
When you don’t feel like making your own air fryer falafel, this frozen variety is the next best option!
Trader Joe’s falafel is on the dense side, but it gets the job done.
They are very filling, and usually two are plenty with a bowl. That means that I can really stretch one bag out for a while.
They’re also tasty in a falafel sandwich!
Vegetable fried rice
Frozen vegetable fried rice is so handy to have on hand for easy stir-fries. It’s one of my favorite dinner shortcuts.
Just saute whatever veggies you have on hand.
Then add some of this fried rice. It’s already dotted with edamame, corn, bell pepper, and peas for double the vegetable action.
It can be enjoyed on its own.
Or top it with fried tofu, beefless bulgogi strips, or Mandarin orange vegan chicken.
Riced cauliflower stir-fry
The first time I had cauliflower rice, I wasn’t totally sold on it.
I tend to be a chewy grain person, and cauliflower rice kind of reminded me of couscous, which I’m not really keen on.
I’m really loving this cauliflower rice stir-fry, though.
It already has added vegetables packed into it and is seasoned with sesame oil. So it’s ready to go for a quick lunch.
I especially like to add it to brown rice.
The brown rice bulks up the texture, while the cauliflower rice provides more vegetables.
Serve it with TJ’s vegan orange chicken, potstickers, or cubed baked tofu.
Strawberry oat ice cream
This beautifully creamy dessert lets the strawberries shine. It really tastes like your classic strawberry ice cream.
It’s finished with almond brittle and candied strawberries.
So perfect for warm weather months!
The base of this ice cream is oat milk. It includes tapioca and coconut oil. It’s sweetened with agave syrup.
For maximum pleasure, spoon it into a Trader Joe’s sugar cone when they’re available.
Sugar snap peas
Sweet and crunchy sugar snap peas are an excellent snack. They’re ready to go right out of the package.
Chomp on them raw. Or turn them into a quick and easy sugar snap peas stir-fry.
They’re also a nice addition to a veggie platter.
I get a baguette from Trader Joe’s almost every time I go.
They make wonderful garlic bread, cheesy bread, baguette pizza, or crostini.
(Perfect for tomato bruschetta!)
You can also slice them in half & warm them for a hearty sandwich.
Tubed polenta is a super convenient pantry staple.
Similar to grits, it’s a cornmeal porridge that solidified as it cooled.
These fully cooked tubes of polenta can be cut into rings & shallow fried. Top with marinara and vegetables.
Or you can cut it into fry shapes. Cook in the air fryer until crispy. Great for dipping!
Radishes of many colors
These colorful radishes come in white, purple, pink, and red. They are wonderful thinly sliced in salads, added to a fruit & veggie platter, or roasted.
Craving s’mores or vegan rice crispy treats? You’ll want to grab a bag of marshmallows. They are light & plump with vanilla undertones.
Most marshmallows aren’t vegan, because they contain gelatin. However, these are both vegan and gluten-free.
Be aware they’re a seasonal item. So get ’em while it’s hot!
Content updated September 1, 2023. Originally posted March 16, 2018.