Panda Express Vegan Options
After many years of serving only food made with animal products, Panda Express has finally added some plant-based options to their menu!
The fast-casual Chinese restaurant has an Allergen Guide, which makes it easy to determine which products are plant-based. This Panda Express Vegan Guide was verified using their allergen guide, but feel free to double-check when you order.
IMPORTANT: Because this is a pretty new change to their menu, make sure you always specify vegan when you order. Some stores may not have caught up with the times and might still be flavoring their seemingly vegan options with animal products.
How to Tell if something at Panda Express is Vegan
At Panda Express, you can order a variety of Asian cuisine, including stir fry bowls, fried rice, Asian-style noodles, spring rolls, and more. To find all of the vegan options at Panda Express, you have to search through their allergen guide and ask your server.
In their allergy menu, they list all of their food choices along with a list of common allergens, including wheat, soy, tree nuts, fish, peanuts, shellfish, eggs, and milk.
To determine if something is plant-based at Panda Express, make sure the product:
- Is not a meat product (or flavored the old way with an animal product – ask your server)
- does not contain these allergens: fish, shellfish, eggs, and milk.
- does not contain the word “honey” in the title or description.
The disclosure found at the bottom of Panda Express’s Allergen Guide:
Panda uses ingredients that contain all the major FDA allergens (peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, fish, shellfish, milk, soy and wheat). Panda prepares its entrees fresh with shared cooking equipment and therefore allergens could be present in any entree.
If you have an allergy and are hesitant about ordering something, contact Panda Express directly.
Personally, if there is a chance of cross-contamination — like when a product says “may contain milk” — I still eat it and consider it to be vegan. But just know that they make this disclosure in case you feel differently.
You can go item-by-item trying to find out if something is vegan, but I already did all the work for you. Check out my easy, interactive Panda Express Vegan Menu to find every plant-based product they offer!
Guide: Panda Express Vegan Menu
- vegetable spring rolls
- Super Greens
- Eggplant Tofu
- chow mein
- brown steamed rice
- white steamed rice
- super greens
- chow fun
Sauces and Cookies
- soy sauce
- teriyaki sauce
- sweet & sour sauce
- chili sauce
- potsticker sauce
- hot mustard
- plum sauce
- fortune cookie
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Panda Express chow mein vegan?
- Yes, their chow mein is plant-based as of March 2020!
Are Panda Express spring rolls vegan?
- Yes, Panda Express’s spring rolls are plant-based.
Is Panda Express eggplant tofu vegan?
- Yes, this options is vegan, and it was purposefully added to the menu so there would be a vegan option.
Panda Express’s website says that they do not have any vegetarian or vegan dishes. Is this outdated information?
- The quote below is one of the many comments on Panda Express’s official Instagram page. They explain why that disclaimer is on the website, but you can always contact them directly if you have any more questions.
Hi there. Our meatless options include Super Greens, Eggplant Tofu, Chow Mein, and Steamed White and Brown Rice. While these dishes do not have animal product or byproduct, all items at Panda Express are cooked and prepped in the same kitchen facilities in store, so we have not claimed that our menu is vegetarian or vegan.
If you liked this guide, check out more of my Vegan Restaurant Guides!
Menu items are always subject to change — if you see any new vegan options or any menu items that are no longer available, please contact me or leave a comment below!