Vegan Options at Noodles & Company (Updated 2023)

Vegan Options at Noodles and Company

The vegan options at Noodles and Company are pretty solid. There are a couple of outright vegan items that you can order straight off the menu like the Impossible Orange Chicken Lo Mein and Japanese Pan Noodles.

They have a few more dishes that can be made vegan with just a couple small modifications which we detail below.

They also offer a Seasoned Tofu (with Asian flavors) that can be added to dishes or their NEWEST addition, Impossible Panko Chicken!

Here’s everything vegan at Noodles & Company:

Vegan Options at Noodles & Company

Seasoned Tofu could be SUBBED in the Italian style dishes but be aware that the seasoning on the tofu is Asian. Be daring with your flavor combos if you choose. 😉

Zoodles And Caulifloodles

  • Cauliflower Rigatoni Fresca with Shrimp. Order with NO shrimp or parmesan cheese. SUB with Panko Crusted Chicken (optional) … comes with cauliflower-infused rigatoni, balsamic vinaigrette, olive oil, roasted garlic, red onion, tomato, and spinach.
  • Zucchini Rosa with Chicken. Order with NO chicken, rosa cream sauce, or parmesan cheese. SUB with Marinara Sauce or the dressing used above (balsamic vinaigrette & olive oil) and Panko Crusted Chicken.

Classic Noodles

  • Penne Rosa. Order with NO light cream or parmesan cheese. SUB with Marinara Sauce or a balsamic vinaigrette/olive oil combo … comes with penne noodles, mushrooms, roma tomatoes, and spinach. 
  • Spaghetti and Meatballs. Order with NO meatballs or parmesan cheese. SUB with Impossible Panko Chicken (optional) … comes with spaghetti noodles, and crushed tomato marinara sauce.

Asian Noodles

  • Impossible Orange Chicken Lo Mein. Vegan as-is! … comes with Asian-style noodles, sauteed in orange sauce with snap peas, napa and red cabbage, topped with Impossible Panko Chicken, green onions, black sesame seeds, and cilantro.
  • Japanese Pan Noodles. Vegan as-is! … comes with caramelized udon noodles, a sweet soy sauce, seasoned tofu, broccoli, mushrooms, carrots, black sesame seeds, and cilantro.
  • Spicy Korean Beef Noodles. Order with NO steak. SUB with Seasoned Tofu or Impossible Panko Chicken (optional) … comes with lo mein noodles tossed with a sweet and spicy Korean style Gochujang BBQ sauce, napa and red cabbage, spinach, topped with cucumber, green onions and cilantro.


The only dressing that is vegan is the Citrus Dressing.

  • Asian Apple Citrus Salad. Order with NO chicken. SUB with Seasoned Tofu or Impossible Chicken (optional) … comes with Tuscan greens and kale with a ginger citrus dressing, diced apple, cucumber, slaw (broccoli, carrot & red cabbage), topped with avocado, crispy chow mein noodles and black sesame seeds. 
  • Med Salad with Chicken. Order with NO Med dressing (aka spicy yogurt dressing), feta cheese or chicken. SUB with Seasoned Tofu, Impossible Chicken (optional) and/or Citrus Dressing … comes with Tuscan greens and kale, tomato, cucumber, red onion, kalamata olives, and cavatappi pasta.
  • Mexican Street Corn Salad. Order with NO cotija cheese dressing, cheese, or chicken. SUB with Citrus Dressing and Impossible Panko Chicken … comes with Tuscan greens and kale mix, roasted corn, roma tomato, avocado and cilantro. Torilla Strips are also notated as being on it. Verify they serve you the regular tortilla strips and NOT the chipotle cheddar tortilla strips they switched out. 


  • Apple
  • Baguette
  • Tossed Green Salad with Citrus Dressing.

Vegan Noodle Options

  • Cavatappi Noodle
  • Cauliflower Rigatoni Noodle
  • Elbow Noodle
  • Gluten Sensitive Pipette Noodle
  • Lo Mein Noodle
  • Penne Noodle
  • Rice Noodle
  • Spaghetti Noodle
  • Udon Noodle
  • Zucchini Noodle

Toppings (fruits/veggies/other)

  • Apple, diced
  • Asian Seasoning
  • Avocado
  • Black Pepper, ground
  • Black Sesame Seeds
  • Broccoli
  • Broccoli Slaw (broccoli, carrot, red cabbage)
  • Cabbage Blend
  • Carrots
  • Chow Mein Noodles
  • Cilantro
  • Corn, sweet or roasted
  • Crispy Jalapenos
  • Cucumber, diced or julienned
  • Green Onion
  • Italian Seasoning
  • Lettuce Blend
  • Kalamata Olives
  • Mushrooms, white
  • Mushrooms, roasted
  • Peanuts
  • Red Onion
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • Roma Tomatoes
  • Snap Peas
  • Spinach
  • Zucchini, roasted

Vegan Sauces/Dressings

  • BBQ Sauce
  • Buffalo Sauce
  • Fresca Sauce
  • Japanese Pan Sauce
  • Marinara Sauce
  • Orange Sauce
  • Spicy Korean-style Gochujang BBQ Sauce
  • Sriracha Sauce
  • Citrus Dressing
  • Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • Olive Oil

* As with any restaurant that is not 100% vegan or does not offer a designated cooking space for their vegan options, cross contamination can occur and fryers/grills may be shared with animal products. You can choose what your level of comfort is with these potential issues.

Noodles & Company Vegan FAQ

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Does Noodles & Company have tofu?

Yes. They offer a seasoned tofu that can be added to dishes. Check with your server.

Is Noodles & Company Cotija Cheese Dressing vegan?

No. This may seem like an obvious answer since Cotija cheese is dairy-based; however, Noodles & Company’s nutrition guide shows this dressing along with the Chipotle Cheddar Tortilla Strips that go on the Mexican Street Corn Salad as vegan. (as of 8.17.22)

I attempted to contact Noodles & Company to let them know an update needs to be made. In the meantime, as of October 2022, the cojita cheese still shows as a vegan option which is not correct according to their ingredients list and the cheddar tortilla strips have been switched out for regular “not seasoned” tortilla strips. 

Are Noodles & Company’s Croutons Vegan?

No. They contain a natural butter flavoring that according to their ingredients list, contains actual dairy.

Is Noodles & Company’s LEANguini vegan?

No. The LEANguini contains egg.

Is Noodles & Company’s Pad Thai Sauce vegan?

No. The Pad Thai sauce contains anchovies (aka fish).

What is the Seasoned Tofu seasoned with at Noodles & Company?

The Seasoned Tofu is seasoned with their Japanese Pan Suace, Asian Seasonings and Vegetable Broth.

Is the Tomato Basil Bisque Vegan at Noodles & Company?

No. The Tomato Basil Bisque contains heavy cream (aka dairy).

Is Noodles & Company Impossible Orange Chicken Vegan?

Yes. Technically, we like to call it “accidentally vegan.” The chicken is a Panko Crusted Impossible Chicken covered in Noodles & Company’s Orange Sauce. According to their Ingredients StatementOpens in a new tab., here are the ingredients:

Impossible Panko Chicken; Salt, Spices (Black Pepper, Parsley, Basil, Rosemary, Savory, Oregano, Thyme), Dehydrated Garlic, Lavender.

Orange Sauce; Water, Brown Sugar, Mandarin Juice Concentrate, Soy Sauce (Water, Salt, Sugar, Soybeans,
Wheat, Molasses), Soybean Oil, Vegetarian Chicken Flavor Base (Water, Salt, Hydrolyzed Soy
and Corn Protein, Soy Protein Concentrate, Corn Oil, Onion Powder, Autolyzed Yeast Extract,
Natural Flavoring, Soy Protein Isolate, Sugar, Garlic Powder, Turmeric), Sugar, Modified Food
Starch, Sweet Chili Sauce (Sugar, Water, Pickled Red Chili, Vinegar, Garlic, Salt, Xanthan
Gum [stabilizer]), Seasoning Blend (Salt, Yeast Extract, Dehydrated Vegetables [Mushroom,
Garlic, Onion, Tomato], Maltodextrin, Spice), Garlic, Sesame Seed Oil, Salt, Ginger, Hoisin
Blend (Sugar, Soy Sauce [{Wheat, Soybeans, Salt}, Maltodextrin, Salt], Rice Vinegar Powder
[Maltodextrin {identity preserved}, Rice Vinegar], Dehydrated Garlic, Chili Pepper, Spices
[Ginger, Black Pepper]), Green Onion, Sriracha (Red Peppers, Distilled Vinegar, Water, Sugar,
Salt, Garlic, contains 2% or less of Natural Flavor, Maltodextrin, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid),
Cilantro, Coriander.

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Our Picks

Ryan’s Pick: The Spicy Peanut Saute is my favorite. I always ask them to add tofu as well and it’s never been an issue.

Jen’s Pick: I’ve not been to a Noodles and Company yet. I’ll update here when I do.

More Info:

  • Noodles and Company is a fast casual chain with almost 500 locations across the US in 30 different states specializing in International and American noodle dishes and pasta. Noodles was founded in Denver, Colorado and Colorado is still the state with the most locations (60 at the time of this writing)
  • If you’d like to check out Noodle and Company’s full menu, head over their Official Menu Page
  • Noodles and Company has a pretty unique allergen and ingredients section on their website. Their MyMenu Page allows you to check vegan and the MyMenu feature not only eliminates items that don’t meet your requirement, but gives you suggestions on substitutions. The information on this page was pulled from there. Their ingredients list can be found here
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