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Vegan Options at Panda Express
Meals, Sauces, Super Greens

Rafid Nassir
Published by Rafid Nassir
Fact checked by Markus Oliver, BHSc FACT CHECKED
Last updated: March 10, 2021

As you might be aware, Panda Express is a fast-food restaurant chain that serves a fusion of American-Chinese cuisine.

With over 2,200 locations, this is one of the biggest Asian chain restaurants in the US.

But, let's take a look at the vegan options in this fast-food restaurant!

Is Anything at Panda Express Vegan?

panda express logo surrounded by leaves

Yes, there are a couple of vegan-friendly meals at Panda Express. However, this wasn't always the case.

Panda Express offers a variety of Chinese-inspired dishes.

They offer everything from brown and white rice and chow mein to eggplant tofu and super greens.

And this is all thanks to PETA.

Before their persistence in 2019, Panda Express used to prepare these meals with animal-based flavoring.

Vegan Meals at Panda Express

1. Eggplant Tofu

Eggplant Tofu on bowl

This may be the most delicious dish in this non-vegan-friendly restaurant.

According to Panda Express, the dish used to be made with chicken broth.

However, today it consists of lightly brown tofu, eggplant, and red bell peppers dipped in a sweet and spicy sauce.

You can add some steamed rice on the side and have a full, nutritious meal.

2. Chow Mein

Stir-fried noodles with vegetables and, sometimes, tofu is another plant-based option at Panda Express.

You may also ask the staff to add a couple of pieces of tofu for a more filling and nutritious meal.

3. Vegetable Spring Roll

Vegetable Spring Roll Close up

In traditional Chinese cuisine, spring rolls are made with cabbage, and other vegetables rolled into a cylindrical pastry.

However, they may sometimes contain meat.

Luckily, Panda Express makes their vegetable spring rolls completely vegan.

They're delicious with a side of soy or sweet and sour sauce.

4. Super Greens

One of the most famous dishes is made with a mixture of broccoli, kale, and cabbage. It’s a healthy, vegan side dish you may add to your eggplant and tofu meal.

5. Vegan Sauces

Different Vegan Sauces

What surprises many is that most sauces at Panda Express are vegan. You can choose from:

  • Soy sauce
  • Sweet-sour sauce
  • Chili sauce
  • Hot mustard
  • Plum sauce
  • Potsticker sauce

Depending on the brand, the teriyaki sauce may also be vegan, so be sure to check with the staff before you order it.

6. Vegan Drinks

Vegan drink options at Panda Express restaurants include:

  • Root beer
  • Black tea
  • Coca-Cola
  • Ginger ale, etc.

Is Panda Express a Good Option for Vegans?

Even though it's not exclusively a vegan restaurant, the menu at Panda Express offers an excellent selection of vegan side dishes.

You can enjoy nice plant-based meals and combine them with white and brown rice for a filling meal.


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