Eating Vegan at Panda Express- All the Options

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When you get a hankering for Chinese food, Panda Express is likely one of the first restaurants that comes to mind. This American-Chinese chain is the largest Asian restaurant chain in the United States, and it’s hard to beat when you’re in the mood for a quick meal of fried rice or noodles. Panda Express serves dishes with yummy Asian flavors like teriyaki and sweet & sour. Along with having a variety of delicious Chinese dishes to choose from, Panda Express also has a number of vegan options for those who prefer Beyond Orange Chicken to its meaty counterpart. The Vegan Unlocked vegan menu, secret menu and editor’s picks make it easy to find vegan options on the menu, whether you’re in the mood for spring rolls or a flavorful noodle dish.

The Vegan Unlocked Research Team analyzed all 50 items on the Panda Express menu. We came away with a few delicious on-menu options.

Panda Express has a score of 2.7 out of 5 stars as a vegan-friendly destination. While it may not be geared to the vegan diet, vegans can find a tasty meal with a bit of creativity.

This score is calculated based on the amount of vegan offerings on Panda Express’ menu “as is” or with an easy substitution, a restaurant vegan customizability score and finally the amount of vegan options vs non-vegan options. Learn more about how Vegan Unlocked Ratings are calculated.

Secret Menu

Every vegan knows how it feels to walk through the doors of a restaurant like Jimmy John’s wondering what they’ll possibly find to eat. Fortunately, no one is more adept at customizing a menu to fit their needs than an experienced vegan! Even a menu that appears distinctly meat-centric on first glance can be tweaked until there are plant-based options to choose from. The researchers at Vegan Unlocked have given their own spin to the Jimmy John’s menu, resulting in a few tasty vegan options for vegans to enjoy.

Not up for customizing your meal? Scroll down to find the Jimmy John’s vegan menu items and our editors’ top picks below this section. 

Better Veggie Sandwich:

The veggie sandwich is an obvious choice when looking for a plant-based meal at a sandwich shop! To customize it, get a #6 The Veggie with no cheese and no mayo. Add on pickles, onions, Jimmy Peppers, oregano-basil and oil & vinegar. 

Hacked All-American (Non)Beefy Crunch: 

Order the All-American Beefy Crunch with your own vegan customizations, removing the roast beef, the cheese, and the Thousand Islands sauce. Add tomatoes, Grey Poupon Dijon mustard and Jimmy pickles for extra flavor. Voila!

All Vegan Options on Panda Express Menu

What are all of the vegan options on the Panda Express menu?


  • Chow Mein Bowl with Beyond Original Orange Chicken: This tasty bowl includes noodles tossed in shredded onions, celery and cabbage topped with Beyond Original Orange Chicken
  • Super Greens Bowl with Beyond Original Orange Chicken: For a flavorful, low-carb meal, this dish is made with broccoli, cabbage, kale and Beyond Orange Chicken
  • Eggplant Tofu: Lightly browned tofu, eggplant and red bell peppers cooked in a sweet and spicy sauce for a healthy vegan meal full of flavor

Appetizers, Sides, Kids, Desserts

  • Vegetable Spring Roll
  • Super Greens
  • Tree Top Apple Crisps
  • Steamed Brown Rice
  • Steamed White Rice
  • Orange Beyond Chicken Cub Meal (Sub orange chicken for beyond orange chicken)
  • Fortune Cookie

Sauces, Add Ons, Toppings

  • Teriyaki Sauce
  • Sweet & Sour Sauce
  • Chili Sauce
  • Soy Sauce
  • Potsticker Sauce
  • Hot Mustard
  • Plum Sauce

Editor’s Picks: What Are the Best Vegan Meals at Panda Express?

The Chow Mein Bowl with Beyond Original Orange Chicken is the best vegan meal at Panda Express.

The healthiest vegan dish at Panda Express is the Super Greens Bowl with Beyond Original Orange Chicken.

The most budget-friendly vegan option is the Vegetable Spring Roll, which is only $2. Fill up on 5 spring rolls for only $10.

Note: Vegan Unlocked is a tool dedicated to helping people find plant-based options. We are not an allergen resource, and want to encourage our friends with allergies to proceed with caution. We cannot control and don’t always know when cross contamination takes place. See Panda Express’s allergen menu here. As far as cross-contamination of vegan foods with animal products, this is completely up to your comfort level as an individual. Read our stance on cross contamination.

Frequently Asked Panda Express Questions

Is the Panda Express Chow Mein vegan?

Yes, the Chow Mein has no animal products and is fully vegan.

Are Panda Express Spring Rolls vegan?

Yes, the Panda Express Spring Rolls are completely vegan.

Are Panda Express Fortune Cookies vegan?

Yes, the fortune cookies at Panda Express are vegan, containing no animal derivatives.

You can find out more information on the Panda Express menu by visiting their website here.

Dining at Panda Express soon?

Be sure to tag Vegan Unlocked and share your vegan meal or custom creation to be entered into our monthly giveaway!

Panda Express’s vegan menu was brought to you by…

Lydia Greene

Lydia Greene is a freelance writer with a passion for food and travel. When she’s not writing, you can find her hiking in the woods near her home in Portland, Oregon, cooking up a tasty meal or dreaming up her next adventure.

Cristina Garrido

Cristina is a vegan cook and recipe developer. She’s worked in several vegan kitchens, as a collaborator for different cooking blogs and now works as a consultant helping restaurants interested in making their menus more vegan-friendly. She’s passionate about cultural foods and culinary innovations. Her non-food related interests include thrifting, sustainability and exploring her new adoptive country, Portugal.

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