Does Nandos Actually Have Vegan Options?

does nandos actually have vegan options

The only reason I’d go to Nandos would be if I was invited by non-vegan friends. And even then, I would try to bargain and steer them to a different place.

HOWEVER, Nandos is among the few places where you can find vegan options.

If you can’t go to a Mcdonalds, Burger King or KFC, just drop by Nandos.

They actually have a wide range of vegan options.

Even if you’re a strict vegan, and are against supporting companies involved with animal suffering, buying vegan products from non-vegan companies still has an impact. In the same way, you want to change your parents, cousins, and friends, you also want companies to change.

For instance, this short interview with Gary Yourofsky speaks on that matter.

Anyway, let’s dive a bit deeper, and see what Nandos has to offer.

Nandos Vegan Eating Out Options

Whether it’s starters, mains, and desserts, Nandos has something for you.

In fact, here’s what’s available on the menu:

Starters

Houmous with Peri-Peri Drizzle

Houmous with Peri-Peri Drizzle

This is basically smoky PERi-PERi oil over creamy houmous and strips of pitta bread.

Spiced Mixed Olives

spiced mixed olives

If you love olives, these are delicious. They also come with mushrooms, garlic, and red pepper.

Peri-Peri Nuts

peri peri nuts

A mix of spicy almonds, cashews, and macadamias.

Mains

Sweet Potato and Butter Nut Burger (or Pitta)

nandos veggie burger

This is probably one of the most popular vegan options. A veggie burger made from sweet potato, butternut squash, red pepper, onion and edamame beans.

*You can choose between a burger or a pitta.

Supergreen Burger (or Pitta)

supergreen burger or pitta

The other popular vegan option is the Supergreen burger. It combines broccoli, edamame beans, and kale. Plus, it can also come in a burger or pitta.

Portobello Mushroom Burger (or Pitta)

portobello burger

This is burger is not originally vegan. In fact, it’s considered vegetarian because it has halloumi cheese. However, you can make vegan by replacing the halloumi with pineapple or avocado.

Supergrain Salad (Without Chicken and Buttermilk Dressing)

supergrain salad

This recipe typically contains chicken and buttermilk dressing. But you can still ask for those ingredients to be replaced for other plant-based ingredients.

The Quinoa Salad (Without feta cheese)

nandos quinoa salad

This salad consists of quinoa, sweet potato, avocado chunks, tomatoes, cucumber, feta cheese, and some ‘Peri-Seeds and grains’. It’s considered vegetarian, but you replace the feta cheese with another plant-based ingredient.

Sides

Obviously, this is where you probably find the most options. This being said, ask the waiter if these options are indeed vegan-friendly.

  • Chips (They’re delicious!)
  • Portuguese rice
  • Macho peas
  • Flame-grilled corn on the cob
  • Mixed green side salad
  • Chargrilled Veggies
  • Sweet potato wedges sans dip.

Last time I’ve checked, these are suitable for vegans, but you’re never too safe.

Additional information:  Apart from the Perinaise variety, most sauces in Nandos are suitable for vegans.

Desserts

This is probably the toughest thing to find vegan options for, though it could be worse. Nandos has one vegan option available (to my knowledge).

passion fruit gelato

Introducing the passion fruit gelato. Made from water, granulated sugar, and passion fruit puree.

It’s still better than not having any options.

Food For Kids

If you end up with your kids in Nandos, there are some things, albeit limited.

  • Sweet Potato & Butternut Pattie
  • With red pepper, onion and edamame beans
  • Chips
  • Corn on the Cob
  • Little Tomatoes
  • Sweet Potato Wedges
  • Supergrain
  • Grains, greens and full of beans
  • Chilly Billy Lolly

For your kids’ you can mix and match ingredients, or you can request smaller portions of the burgers or salads.

Or, why not ask them to make a sweet potato and butternut hamburger, but without the bread? You add chips and a small salad on the side and voilá.

In Conclusion

Nandos does have some legitimate vegan options.

But they stick to the basics: burgers, pittas, salads and the typical sides. Like I usually say to my wife, “don’t get your hopes up”.

On my last visit over there, my favorite foods were the chips and the olives. The Sweet Potato and  Butter Nut burger… well, I’ve had better.

This being said, what I respect about Nandos is that it changes its menu regularly. So as the vegan movement grows, they are compelled to add more vegan options.

At the same time, we have to remind ourselves that Nandos is clearly all about the chicken.

If you want to know more, visit the Nandos website. They should have all the information about the food currently on the menu, as well as foods to come in the future.

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About the Author: Alexandre Valente

Hey there! My name is Alex and I've been vegan for more than three years! I've set up this blog because I'm really passionate about veganism and living a more eco-conscious life. Hopefully, I can use this website as a channel to help you out on your own journey!

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