Vegan Options at Noodles & Company (Updated 2023)

Vegan Options at Noodles and Company

The vegan options at Noodles and Company are pretty solid. There is one vegan menu item that you can order straight off the menu; the 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 along with Impossible Panko Chicken!

Here’s everything vegan at Noodles & Company:

Vegan Options at Noodles & Company


  • Zucchini Rosa with Chicken. Order with NO chicken, rosa cream sauce, or parmesan cheese. SUB with Impossible Panko Chicken and either Marinara Sauce or their Balsamic Vinaigrette/Olive Oil combo … comes with mushrooms, Roma tomato and spinach.

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. 
  • Pasta Fresca. Order with NO parmesan cheese … comes with penne noodles, balsamic vinaigrette, olive oil, roasted garlic, red onion, tomato 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

  • 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.


Currently, there are not any vegan-friendly dressings available. See our list of vegan dressings below to choose which will work best for your salad.

We suggest the Balsamic Vinaigrette/Olive Oil combo for the Med Salad and the Korean BBQ Sauce for the Backyard Salad. 

  • Med Salad with Chicken. SUB chicken with Impossible Panko Chicken. Order with NO feta cheese or Med dressing (aka spicy yogurt dressing). Ask for one of the options listed above … comes with Tuscan greens and kale, tomato, cucumber, red onion, kalamata olives, and cavatappi pasta.
  • Backyard BBQ Chicken Salad. SUB chicken with Impossible Panko Chicken. Order with NO cheese or dressing. Ask for one of the options listed above … comes with mixed greens, tomato, red onion and roasted corn. 


  • 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


  • Impossible Panko Chicken
  • Seasoned Tofu (Asian flavors)

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
  • Korean BBQ Sauce
  • Sriracha Sauce
  • 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. Noodles & Company offers a tofu seasoned with Asian flavors. 

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. Noodles & Company’s 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 Sauce, 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?

While it is no longer on their menu, yes, the Impossible Orange Chicken was vegan. 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.

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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  • Disclaimer: We do everything possible at VeggL to make sure all our Vegan Guides are as up to date as possible, but sometimes menus and menu items can change. VeggL is not responsible for incorrect or outdated information. Always check with your location and server to confirm items are vegan when ordering. If you notice something that needs to be corrected – please let us know!