Vegan Options at Panera Bread (Updated 2021)

Panera Bread Vegan Options

The vegan options at Panera Bread include enough of a variety for you easily pick up something for breakfast or lunch. Many of their breads and bagels are vegan. They also offer quite a few varieties of salads that with a few modifications can be made vegan. Of course you can always take solace in the fact that the coffee is vegan. Mmmmmm… coffee.


Vegan Options at Panera Bread


Breakfast 

  • Steel Cut Oatmeal with Strawberries, Pecans & Cinnamon Crunch Topping
  • Seasonal Fruit Cup
  • Peach & Blueberry Smoothie with Almondmilk (seasonal)
  • Green Passion Smoothie
  • Bagels… Plain, Everything, Blueberry & Sesame
Panera Vegan Bagels
Credit where credit is due – Panera has some of the best bagels of any chain restaurant in my opinion. Pictured here are the Plain, Blueberry and Everything bagel.

Lunch/Dinner

  • Green Goddess Cobb Salad. Order with NO chicken, cheese, egg or bacon.
  • Strawberry Poppyseed Salad. Order with NO chicken
  • Greek Salad. Order with NO feta
  • Fuji Apple Salad. Order with NO chicken or gorgonzola
  • Asian Sesame Salad. Order with NO chicken or wontons
Panera Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich
This Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich exceeded my expectations. I changed the Tomato Basil bread out for the Black Pepper Focaccia (amazing!). The drink is a Prickly Pear Hibiscus Fresca – it’s a great summer drink.
  • Mediterranean Bowl. Order with NO feta or Greek yogurt
  • Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich. Order with NO feta and on one of the vegan breads listed below (sandwich comes with Tomato Basil Bread by default which is not vegan (honey)).
  • Baja Bowl. Order with NO feta or Greek yogurt
  • Teriyaki Chicken & Broccoli Bowl. Order with NO chicken
  • Ten Vegetable Soup
  • Frozen Strawberry Lemonade (seasonal)
  • Peach & Blueberry Smoothie with Almondmilk (seasonal)

Add avocado and/or quinoa to salads or sandwiches!

Sides

  • French Baguette
  • Kettle Chips
  • Apple
  • Banana
  • Summer Fruit Cup
  • Pickle Spear

Vegan Breads

  • French Baguette
  • Hoagie Roll
  • Sourdough
  • Black Pepper Focaccia
  • Country Rustic Sourdough
  • Artisan Ciabatta
  • Bagels… Plain, Everything, Blueberry & Sesame

Kids

  • Kids Ten Vegetable Soup

*From Panera’s website: “New items are added to our menu all the time, and some items are available only on a regional, test or seasonal basis… for the most up-to-date information, be sure to call or visit your local bakery-cafe and ask to speak to a manager, or check the nutrition information available at PaneraBread.com and on our mobile app.”


Panera Bread Vegan FAQ

Are bagels vegan at Panera?

Yes! Panera has 4 vegan bagel options. The Plain, Everything, Blueberry and Sesame bagels are all vegan at Panera Bread.

Does Panera have vegan desserts?

No. All the desserts at Panera contain either egg, milk/dairy or some combination of the three. Unless you consider fruit a dessert. But, that’s as close as you’re going to get to a dessert.

Is Panera mac and cheese vegan?

I know this is going to raise some eyebrows, but it’s a question we’ve received more than once. No, the mac and cheese at Panera contains, well, cheese. There’s no vegan cheese options at Panera Bread so there’s no vegan mac and cheese. Would be cool if they did though.

Can I eat WFPB (Whole Food Plant Based) at Panera?

Yes!

  • Steel Cut Oatmeal with Strawberries, Pecans & Cinnamon Crunch Topping. Order with NO Pecans or Cinnamon Crunch Topping
  • Peach & Blueberry Smoothie with Almond Milk
  • Green Passion Smoothie
  • Fresh Fruit Cup
  • Apple
  • Banana
  • Bagels–Plain, Everything, Sesame
  • Breads–French Baguette, Classic Sourdough, Sourdough Bread Bowl, Country Rustic Sourdough
  • Greek Salad. Order with NO dressing, feta or salt & pepper blend. (the salt & pepper blend has oil)
  • …maybe ask if you can put the Greek Salad in the Sourdough Bread Bowl with the Balsamic Glaze? We cannot find any other “dressings” that are oil-free. 

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Our Picks

Ryan’s Pick: I love the Cranberry Walnut bagel, just plain and toasted. A bagel and a large coffee with almond milk and I’m good to go.

For lunch, the Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich is way better than I was anticipating. I still find it hard to get fired up for just veggies on bread. However, I subbed the Tomato Basil bread for Black Focaccia bread, which was absolutely amazing. Then, the hummus provides a ton of flavor – I’d definitely order this sandwich again!

Jen’s Pick: I’ve had the Vegan Lentil Quinoa Bowl a few times and it’s really good. Panera also makes really good Sourdough bread in my opinion.


More Info:

  • For a complete look at Panera Bread’s full menu, head over to their official website. Panera lists their ingredients directly on each menu item and where we pulled much of the info for this guide.
  • Not quite what you’re looking for? We also have Vegan Guides for over 130 other popular coffee chain restaurants like Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts
  • We are working tirelessly to make sure all the information contained in VeggL is accurate and up to date. However, sometimes options change. If you notice a change at a restaurant that we need to know about, let us know

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