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How To Order Vegan At Wendy’s

We are continuing our very popular, yet controversial, series on how to eat vegan at fast food restaurants. After our last article, How to eat vegan at Taco Bell, I received over 20 complaint messages and lost over 100 Facebook fans. Just because I was trying to help people stay vegan if they had to eat at a fast food restaurant.

The problem with only looking at the negative vegans who messaged me is you have to compare it to the positive response. That was my most popular article in 3 weeks and I picked up over 400 new fans from that one post. Clearly most vegans like learning how to survive in the fast food jungle.

I have to travel a lot so I often find myself stranded in fast food hell. I also have a lot of friends and family that insist on going to eat at fast food restaurants and I like to spend quality time with those I love. One of the main reasons some people struggle with veganism is the alienation and isolation. Of course you can compensate for this by meeting new vegan friends. But you can’t replace your family. Sometimes compromises have to be made.

So with all of that being said, let’s look at how to order vegan at Wendy’s. The first option is going to be an obvious one of course. Salad.

Wendy’s Garden Side Salad

wendys side salad

Most fast food restaurants have a side salad and Wendy’s is no exception. It’s not the largest salad ever but it will get the job done. And unlike a lot of fast food places you get more than one vegan dressing to choose from. You can have their Fat Free French, Italian Vinaigrette, or the Pomegranate Vinaigrette Dressing. Note, the latter is not available at all stores.

There are a few things you can add into the salad or request more of to bulk it up. Those include apple slices, red onion and tomato.

On the next page the heartiest vegan menu item at Wendy’s. It’s your main entree if you are vegan and eating at Wendy’s.

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  1. I tried to get a salad and every one of them was pre-made with bacon ? they also stopped serving baked potatoes at some locations, including my nearest. If I must do fast food, I do my best to talk the group into another option. Preferably tb.

  2. None of the salads should be premade with bacon or chicken Just saying . And only two of our salads are actually made with bacon and you can request without it, they should follow through with your request, if not I would speak with a manager. Also if you get a strawberry fields salad without bacon and without chicken , request a different dressing, DO NOT get Apple balsamic , it has bacon fat in the dressing and the workers are supposed to notify you if you order it without bacon and chicken . Just some helpful tips from a Wendy’s employee .

  3. Thankfully I’ve been able to the salads without any meat at the ones I’ve been too. We move cross-country a lot and sometimes my options are very limited; Wendy’s has always been a great option. Thanks for your article!

  4. I had a moment of fast food weakness I was too hungry. & so i had a veggie burger from BK yesterday & pretty good, I know it’s not vegan but for a veggie burger it was pretty tasty, now all they have to do is add some veggie bacon to it then it will really be the bomb.

  5. You can also order the the apple pecan salad and request no chicken and blue cheese …. They will give extra salad dressing / pecan packets ?….. It also saves you a $ 1.50 ish off the salad they won’t charge for the chicken ?

  6. I know you have lost fans over articles like this and taco bell, but my life isn’t perfect, far from it, busy and chaotic. So THANK YOU for keeping the “real people ” in mind that only have enough time to run thru a drive thru on busy days. Life happens

  7. How to order at Wendys? … DO NOT BUY ANYTHING. If you do, you are still contributing to the meat.dairy industries. And don’t give me that crap about “but there’s nowhere else to get Vegan food” or “at least they’re offering Vegan items” … it’s total bs. Give your money to Vegan stores, if none available, make your own food. I know this causes arguments but seriously, take a step back and look at the big picture here. Wendy’s and other fast food can offer ALL the “Vegan” food they want but they will NEVER stop selling meat / dairy… cuz THAT is their “Cash Cow” ( yes pun intended)

  8. I think there should be fast food eating guides that give tips on eating at Fast Food restaurants for all the good reasons you mention in this article. BUT this is not a vegan guide! Wendy’s fat free ranch dressing is NOT vegan!!! I can’t believe you didn’t change this article to reflect that. Wow.

  9. PETA actually has a page about eating vegan at Wendy’s. Though it’s not much more, there are a few more options than just a baked potato or salad. Like a “veggie sandwich” (essentially everything on a burger but the meat…say no mayo and no cheese though) or a “fry burger” which is all that veggie sandwich stuff with fries on it. Sometimes some locations have the black bean burgers but they come and go. Never seeming permanent.

    1. Jey, thanks for letting me know! Will look into it and make sure to update this post. It’s great to see how many vegan options – or at least non-meat options – are creeping into these menus. It feels like almost every day I hear something new – hard to keep up!

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