Don’t Leave Trader Joe’s Without These 9 Vegan Items


If you’re lucky enough to live near one of the eight Trader Joe’s locations in Michigan, don’t forget to pick up these nine vegan staples on your next trip.


Chicken-Less Strips

Whether you toss these on your salad or enjoy them with your favorite barbecue sauce, these “chicken” strips will not disappoint. For a dynamic pairing, pan fry them with Trader Joe’s Japanese Style Fried Rice (see below).



Vegan Soy Chorizo

This chorizo is the definition of versatile. It’s perfect in tacos, but also delicious in a breakfast scramble. It can add a nice kick to classics like chili and Sloppy Joes as well.



Japanese Style Fried Rice

Want a fast and easy vegan dish that will both impress and satisfy even the pickiest eater? Just add a meat-free protein into the mix and you’ve got dinner for two! Who needs takeout?



Pizza Dough Ball

Speaking of takeout, pizza delivery can be expensive. Save your dough (pun intended) and make your own! The Trader Joe’s dough ball is both inexpensive and tasty.


Vegan Pesto

A personal favorite, this pesto not only tastes amazing but is also the most reasonably priced pesto I have encountered thus far. Use it as a sandwich spread or create a fast pasta dish. Bonus points if you use it on the dough ball as a pizza base.


Zucchini Fries

Need an excuse to use your air fryer? Me neither, but these fries are delicious, so fry away! Plus, they have zucchini so they’re healthy, right?



There’s something about these dolmas that is irresistible, and it’s not just the price tag. They are both the perfect snack and low in calories, which is good because it’s hard not to eat the entire can in one sitting.



Soft Baked Snickerdoodle Cookies

Can’t forget the sweet stuff! These cookies are a crowd favorite across the board. They have the perfect amount of spice and just enough chewiness to make them taste like they’re straight out of grandma’s kitchen. Pro tip: toss them in the microwave for a few seconds for an extra homemade effect.



No specific brands to point out here, as I’ve yet to try a bad vegan wine. The point is that they have a bunch of vegan options to choose from! Simply ask any associate for a list of vegan wine and they will point out all of the options for you. They have them at every price point including the five dollar range for cheapskates like myself!


There are a lot of great vegan options at Trader Joe’s and this list is only the beginning. One of the reasons they provide such a positive guest experience is that almost everything is labeled. Whether the product has the Trader Joe’s “V” or the chalkboard sign states it, it is pretty easy to see at a glance what vegan options are available. Note that not everything is labeled, so just because it doesn’t say that it’s vegan doesn’t mean that it’s not. Do some digging and ask questions if it’s not obvious by the signage  and labeling.


Trader Joe’s resides in both Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids so be sure to take this list with you and build on it. See you in the wine aisle!


Feature photo credit: Trader Joe's




Born and raised in West Michigan, Sara has been a vegetarian for the last seven years (plant based for the most recent two).

When she’s not corralling her infant daughter and infant-at-heart beagle, she enjoys traveling, writing, and eating all the vegan food. Sara is an art school graduate with a BFA in Fashion.