What Is Vegan At Potbelly? (Updated Guide)

Vegan options at fast-food restaurants are becoming more and more commonplace. From a hamburger place in Oklahoma City to the famous Taco Bell, there are a plethora of vegan options at most fast-food chains.

Many people have decided to go vegan for several reasons — because it’s healthier, it’s better for the environment, or because there’s too much cruelty in animal agriculture. 

Potbelly is not the most vegan-friendly place. It has one vegan sandwich made with peanut butter & jelly, but it’s possible to choose from several fillings to create your own vegan sandwich, although you’d have to ask the staff if they’re able to accommodate your request. 

In this article, we’ll have a further look at the vegan options available at Potbelly Sandwiches, and see how you can make your visit a bit more enjoyable. 

What Is Vegan At Potbelly Sandwich Shop?

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Monika Wahi, Potbelly Sandwich Shop, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons.

Potbelly is not the ideal place for a vegan, but you could say there is something for everyone.

If you want to order a sandwich, there is an actual vegan sandwich, but it’s a rather simple one that you could probably make at home — the Peanut Butter & Jelly sandwich. 

Other sandwiches that you could make vegan include the Veggie Melt sandwich and the Mediterranean sandwich, but you would have to remove the cheese and chicken. 

Another option would be to ask them to make you a vegan sandwich from the variety of ingredients available on their list, but you should first ask them if they’re able to do so. 

There are ingredients such as lettuce, tomato, pickles, onions, cucumbers, hot peppers, and even sauerkraut. That’s not all as they also have artichoke hearts, avocado, hummus, and mushrooms. 

The bread options include white, multigrain, and flat, so you can pretty easily ask them to make you a vegan sandwich that is as delicious as anything else. 

Other vegan picks on their menu also include:

Soup: There are not that many solid options on the menu, but one that you can order without having to remove any ingredients is their garden vegetable soup. It’s completely vegan and it packs a nutritious punch thanks to the variety of ingredients in it, including beans, carrots, celery, corn, mushrooms, onions, peppers, potatoes, and zucchini.

Dressings: They also have a couple of vegan dressings which include balsamic vinaigrette, non-fat vinaigrette, and potbelly vinaigrette. Although they may seem the same, they’re slightly different. 

Salads: No, there are no vegan salads at Potbelly, but you can still have a vegan salad by removing some of the ingredients from existing options such as the Farmhouse salad (no meat, no cheese, no egg, sub dressing), Apple Walnut salad (no meat, no cheese) and Powerhouse salad (no meat, no egg). 

Sides/Chips: Potbelly has a variety of chips that are vegan-friendly, including Lay’s Classic, and a variety of other chips from Zapp’s, including the Hotter n’ Hot Jalapeño flavor. 

Even though Potbelly is lacking some solid vegan options like a proper vegan sandwich or even a legit vegan salad, you’re still able to get your fill by attempting to create your own vegan sandwich or salad with the variety of ingredients they got available. 

Key Takeaways

Potbelly is not a place I would recommend for vegans because even though they have a couple of options available, you’re not in for an exciting experience.

If you still intend to pay them a visit, there are a few things I would like you to remember:

  • Potbelly Sandwiches has one vegan sandwich which is the peanut butter & jelly sandwich.
  • Their garden vegetable soup is also vegan-friendly.
  • They also have a bunch of vegan sides, mainly chips with different flavors. 
  • If you don’t want a peanut butter & jelly sandwich, you can ask them whether they’re able to prepare you a vegan sandwich with the veggie ingredients they have on display. 
  • Vegan options like hummus are made with chickpeas and tahini paste, so they naturally do not contain any animal products like eggs or dairy. 
  • Most of the ingredients in their dressings are vegan except for a few of the dressings like the buttermilk ranch which contains dairy.
  • Like most places, they also have tons of vegan-friendly drinks. 

Hey there! My name is Alex and I've been vegan for over five years! I've set up this blog because I'm passionate about veganism and living a more spiritually fulfilling life where I'm more in tune with nature. Hopefully, I can use Vegan Foundry as a channel to help you out on your own journey!