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I Taste-Tested 17 Popular Trader Joe's Vegan And Plant-Based Products — Here's What To Buy (And What To Skip)

Whether you're vegan or just trying to cut back on meat or dairy, here's where to start.

Hey! I'm Hannah. 👋 You may know me as a pretty avid Trader Joe's shopper. Another thing about me is that I absolutely love food. I'm not vegan, but I am fascinated by meatless and dairy-free substitutes. It all started when I tried Just Eggs plant based scrambled eggs a few years back, and they totally blew my mind. Since then, I've always been on the look-out for intriguing vegan products.

A woman sitting at a restaurant table.

While I don't think I'll ever go completely vegan, I've recently been trying to introduce more frequent plant-based meals into my diet. That's mostly because I've read a lot about how eating a vegan diet is the single best way to reduce one's impact on the planet.

Meatless selection in the frozen aisle at Trader Joe's.

So I wanted to try some of them out for myself. I loaded up on a bunch of popular dairy-free and meatless products from Trader Joe's, tried them all, and ranked them from worst to best. So here are my honest thoughts about the vegan products I'll steer clear of, the ones I'd try again, and the meatless and dairy-free products I actually loved.

17. Cheddar-Style Slices

As for the appearance, this stuff looks a lot like deli sliced cheddar cheese, but the texture is thicker and almost a little bit plasticky.

Maybe it would taste better melted in a grilled cheese sandwich. So I placed a few slices between two pieces of bread, brushed it with butter, and put it in a skillet.

A woman holding a grilled cheese sandwich looking unhappy.

16. Organic Creamy Cashew Cultured Yogurt Alternative

So how did it taste?

A spoonful of yogurt.

15. Italian Sausage-less Sausage

Honestly, just looking at this vegan Italian sausage, I knew that I couldn't possibly bring myself to enjoy it.

A plate of sliced vegan sausage.

14. Chicken-less Mandarin Orange Morsels

So how did they stack up to the real deal?

13. Vegan Mayo Spread and Dressing

Well...yes and no.

A slice of toast with mayo and tomatoes.

12. Vegan Meatless Meat-Lover's Pizza

After 15 minutes in the oven, it was time to dig in.

A cooked meat-lover's vegan pizza

11. Vegan Mac

I'm not sure I would say the sauce tastes cheesy per se, but it's certainly decadent and rich.

A bowl of vegan mac 'n' cheese with pasta shells.

10. Vegan Pasta Bolognese

The meatless Bolognese sauce itself was pretty tasty.

bowl of meatless Bolognese

9. Vegan Cookies and Cream Vanilla Bean Bon Bons

And they are, indeed, very good.

A bite taken out of a chocolate-covered bon bon.

8. Mozzarella Style Shreds

But the real question is: How do these shreds taste when melted?

7. Impossible Chicken Nuggets

From the look of these, they could easily be real chicken.

6. Soy Chorizo

I tried the soy chorizo on its own and was seriously impressed.

5. Strawberry Non-Dairy Oat Frozen Dessert

But how does it stack up to real ice cream?

4. Vegan Buttery Spread

As for the color, this vegan spread could be mistaken for butter.

3. Vegan Feta Cheese Alternative

This is hands-down the best non-dairy cheese I've ever tried👏👏👏.

A salad with crumbled feta cheese.

2. Hold The Dairy! Mini Coconut Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert Cones

A box of vegan chocolate ice cream cones.

The vegan version of Trader Joe's iconic Hold the Cone dessert did not disappoint.

1. Chickenless Crispy Tenders

A bag of vegan chicken tenders.

And the verdict? I was completely blown away by these.

The resemblance to real chicken is really wild.

TL;DR: Whether or not you're vegan, some of these products are worth your money and consideration.

Desserts in the frozen aisle at Trader Joe's.

Have you tried a vegan product you absolutely love from Trader Joe's, or elsewhere? Or one you definitely wouldn't buy again? Tell me in the comments below!