PLANT-BASED Diet Grocery LIst

Stock your kitchen with healthy Whole plant foods

Photo by Elly Hollenhorst

Photo by Elly Hollenhorst

Fruit, spices, whole grains, vegetables, and condiments; here is a comprehensive list of items to stock a beginner - advanced plant-based vegan kitchen.

Disclaimer: Get creative with what’s available to you! This list is meant to be used as a starting point or a reference for new ideas. There are plenty of plant foods not listed on this page. The availability and affordability of some foods are dependent on region.

*Indicates items I almost always keep in my kitchen; the remainder are either seasonal or occasional purchases.


  • Greens*: spinach, kale, bok choy, chard, romaine lettuce, etc.

  • Broccoli*

  • Purple cabbage*

  • Brussels sprouts*

  • Carrot*

  • Bell pepper*

  • Tomato*

  • Potato*

  • Sweet Potato*

  • Garlic*

  • Cucumber

  • Cauliflower

  • Zucchini

  • Squash

  • Onion*


  • Banana*

  • Apple*

  • Papaya

  • Berries*: blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, black berries, etc.

  • Mango

  • Watermelon

  • Peach

  • Orange

  • Lemon*

  • Limes

  • Avocado*

  • Medjool date*


  • Almonds*

  • Cashews*

  • Walnuts*

  • Flax seeds*

  • Chia seeds*

  • Hemp seeds (optional)

Fresh herbs

  • Basil*

  • Cilantro*

  • Parsley*

  • Sage

  • Rosemary

Dried herbs, Spices, Seasoning

Salt, Black pepper, Cinnamon, Cardamom, Paprika, Smoked paprika, Turmeric, Curry powder, Oregano, Marjoram, Aniseed, Tarragon, Ground mustard, Ground & whole cumin, Dill, Garam Masala


  • Brown rice*, red rice, and/or wild rice

  • Oatmeal* (steel cut, rolled, and/or quick oats)

  • Quinoa*

  • Buckwheat, raw*

  • Whole wheat pasta*

  • Couscous*

BEANS & LEGUMES (bulk products; dried)

  • Black beans*

  • Chickpeas*

  • Green lentils*

  • Red lentils*

  • Pinto beans

  • Black lentils


  • Blueberries or mixed berries*

  • Mango*

  • Bananas, ripe and peeled*

  • Whole wheat bread*

  • Vegan burgers* either homemade or store-bought for emergencies!


  • Maple syrup*

  • Peanut butter* or other any nut butter (unsweetened, unsalted- if possible, no added oil)

  • Tahini*

  • Dijon mustard*

  • Balsamic vinegar*

  • Hot sauces: tobasco, sriracha*, etc.

  • Hummus* (Homemade or store-bought when I don’t have time to make my own!)

  • Jam


  • Tofu*

  • Canned coconut milk*

  • 1-2 cans of beans* (for emergencies)

  • Tempeh

  • Kalamata olives

  • Plant milk* (homemade or store-bought)

Useful kitchen tools

Investing in a high-speed blender opens up a world of possibilities for dressings, sauces, soups, smoothies, plant milk, and more. You will also see links below to reusable items such as mason jars for storing whole grains, and legumes, metal straws to avoid excessive plastic use, and silicon baking mats that make oil free baking simple and they are so easy to wash. I also linked a tofu press.



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