The 5 Best Vegan Appetizers to Buy at Trader Joe’s Right Now

published Nov 19, 2021
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Trader Joe’s is going all out for the holidays this year. Is anyone surprised? The grocer, without fail, always comes through with the sparkling drinks, chocolate-dipped delights, and, of course, savory bites. If you’re the type of person who likes their appetizers ready-made, plant-based, and incredibly delicious, the hunt for the best mix of holiday finger foods should begin and end here.

We rounded up all of the vegan apps we could find at Trader Joe’s and picked our absolute favorites. These are all so good, you might just want to make a meal out of them! Bonus: Every last one of them can be ready for serving in less than 20 minutes.

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1. Vegan Caramelized Onion Dip, $3.99 for 8 ounces

Made with dairy-free cream cheese and onions previously simmered in balsamic vinegar and brown sugar, this dip is as delicious as it sounds. Choose your own adventure in regard to which variety of TJ’s chips you pair with it.

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2. Fully Cooked Falafel, $3.99 for 12 ounces

As the name clearly states, these falafel are fully ready-to-go — just heat and serve. Warm them in the oven for a delightfully crispy, crunchy texture and serve them alongside the grocer’s vegan tzatziki dip.

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3. Meatless Meatballs, $3.99 for 16 ounces

Cover these soy-based meatballs with a flavorful sauce and heat them in a slow cooker. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can make a homemade sauce. If you want to go the store-bought route, you can’t go wrong with either TJ’s Pumpkin Simmer Sauce or the Vegan Bolognese Style Pasta Sauce.

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4. Organic Veggie Bites, $3.69 for 12.5 ounces

These tasty morsels look like tater tots, but they’re so much more than that. Loaded with colorful veggies, including kale, carrots and broccoli, they’re a crowd pleaser for kids and adults alike. Just like the falafel, simply heat and serve.

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5. Vegan Meatless Meat Eater’s Pizza, $5.99 for 11.95 ounces

Of course pizza made the list! This fully loaded plant-based ‘za is topped with meatless pepperoni slices, and Italian- and chorizo sausage crumbles. It’s scrumptious, low maintenance, and takes less than 15 minutes to bake. Cut it up, serve it like a flatbread, and feast!

Do you have a favorite vegan appetizers from Trader Joe’s? Tell us in the comments below!