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How To Order Vegan At Panera Bread

Although there aren’t lots of vegan options at Panera Bread, there are still enough items to choose from so you don’t leave hungry. And frankly, the bean soup for lunch and the steelcut oatmeal for breakfast has always managed to put a smile on my face as well as filling the gap!

The company has come a long way with the introduction of healthier ingredients and even a “no-no list” of things they don’t use in their food, so it’s satisfying to also be supporting one of the fast food chains moving in the right direction!

There are a couple of customizations too that can work with their non-vegan orders, we point these out after the vegan items at the bottom of the list.

Vegan Options at Panera Bread 


Bagels and Bread

The below are all vegan. Just be careful not to order whole wheat and whole grain as these are sweetened with honey and so not vegan.


  • Plain Bagel
  • Blueberry Bagel
  • Everything Bagel
  • Sesame Bagel


  • Black Pepper Foccaccia
  • Sea Salt Foccacia
  • Ciabatta
  • Country
  • Rye
  • Sesame Semolina
  • Sourdough


  • Black Bean

Only the black bean soup is vegan and served in a bread bowl – be sure to point out that you are vegan so the bread bowl they are serving it in is one of those vegan breads above (or just have it in a bowl, of course).


  • Steel cut oatmeal with Strawberries, Pecans and Cinnamon
  • Summer Fruit Cup


  • Seasonal Greens
  • Watermelon Arugula with Almonds



Outside of these vegan options, you can always customize a few items by leaving out the non-vegan ingredient:

  • Garden vegetable soup with pesto, but ordered without the pesto
  • Blueberry Pomegranate Smoothie, but without the yoghurt)
  • Mediterranean Veggie sandwich, but order without the feta and with one of the vegan breads above

You are also able to order avocado and quinoa as sides, so you could combine this with the green salad or with other salads with meat just swapping it out for the meat. This is probably the best idea when looking for something more filling without bread.

We’ve begun to see real movement in food chains start to create vegan menus or at the very least start to label clearly those meat-free or healthier options. You can read our guides to eating vegan at Taco Bell and vegan options at KFC so you’re prepared when walking in!

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    1. Don’t all restaurants or fast food places charge the same amount, even if you take off the meat? (I’ve never been to a place that doesn’t). In fact, I’ve always said it seems like a class action law suit waiting to happen. Because if you add avocado, etc., they charge extra. But, if you take off the meat & cheese, they don’t charge less.

  1. Hmmm… Not sure how true this is, since two Panera Bread Managers have told me that the bread is not, vegan. I would encourage everyone to first consult with a manager, so they will refer to the ingredients list prior to ordering.

  2. Off menu hacks: bagel with avocado.
    My experiences: sometimes they don’t know what to put in the register so they have given me the avo for free or charged me for cream cheese. I’ve also been given 1/4 of an avocado with the skin on but usually they give me avocado slices on the bagel

    1. I got the strangest look when I did that, and stood in line for about 3 minutes while she tried to find the option, decided to give it for free, coworker buts in tries to find it ????, then ends up giving for free. Was worth the confusion in the end though :p I got it in a little dish on the side.

  3. Every time I’ve gotten a salad there, I mean literally every single time; they have dropped bacon in the dressing. I’ve never once received even a vegan salad from them. Because of their inability to simply put lettuce in a bowl, I boycotted them for the last two years. But if the ones near where other people live happen to have the intelligence to make a salad without cheese and bacon, that’s great.

  4. I don’t eat there often, but, when I do, I get the Mediterranean veggie sans feta on ciabatta with extra veggies and hummus and a bag of chips on the side. OR, if I order via the app, I add all kinds of veggies (arugula, sliced tomato, avocado) since it lets you customize 🙂 Once in a while, I’ll get the black bean soup too.

  5. They seriously need to train their employes better I was laughed at one over this, they constantly claim nothing is vegan. Either don’t bother reading the nutrition sheet, or won’t bring it out. The sheet itself is horrible and only lists allergens and not all the ingredients.

  6. The Black Bean soup is only served “seasonally”. Not sure what season but I was there summer, fall and winter and they didn’t have it on the menu. Besides the bread, it was the best thing on the menu.

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