Eating Vegan at Zaxby’s – All the Best Options

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Zaxby’s is a staple of the South, bringing undeniably tasty food with a fast-casual atmosphere. This Georgia based restaurant has been bringing its customers joy in the form of food for decades, and it shows no sign of slowing down. A restaurant whose reputation is built on chicken fingers and wings is likely a pass for most vegans, but those adventurous enough to take a chance on it will find a few options among the plethora of chicken-based classic Southern food. Not to mention, Zaxby’s famous selection of sauces aren’t to be overlooked, and are just as tasty on a french fry as they are on a chicken wing. To make it easier to find good vegan options at this non-vegan chain, the Vegan Unlocked team has created a secret menu, vegan menu, editor’s picks, and even answered a few common questions about the restaurant. Whether you’re in the mood for an indulgent fried snack or a veggie-packed salad, Zaxby’s has got it!

The Vegan Unlocked Research Team analyzed all 35 items on the Zaxby’s menu. We came away with a custom creation and a few tasty on-menu options.

Zaxby’s has a score of 1 out of 5 stars with little to no vegan options. You won’t find a wide variety of vegan wraps and tofu bowls on the menu, but you’ll find a few vegan options if you look hard enough.

This score is calculated based on the amount of vegan offerings on Zaxby’s 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.

Secret Menu

Some vegans may choose to simply cook from home or stick to explicitly vegan restaurants, but we don’t all have that luxury. Sometimes you find yourself on the road without enough snacks, or you may have non-vegan friends you’d like to join for dinner. The good news is, you don’t have to be at an all-vegan restaurant to find a decent meal. You just have to be willing to search the menu and potentially customize a few menu items to make them fit your dietary needs. This might mean changing the bread, swapping out the sauce, or telling your server to hold the cheese. If you’re not sure which ingredients in a dish are non-vegan, simply ask for the meal with no dairy or meat. 

To skip the extra steps and order from the regular menu, scroll down to find the Zaxby’s vegan menu items and our editors’ top picks below this section.

Garden House Zalad

For a classic salad full of fresh veggies, the Garden House Zalad is the winner. It contains mixed greens, red cabbage, carrots, cucumbers, Roma tomatoes, and fried onions with a side of Texas Toast. Ask the server to hold the cheese for an all-vegan meal.

All Vegan Options on Zaxby’s Menu

What are all of the vegan options on the Zaxby’s menu?


  • Crinkle cut fries
  • Texas toast (no butter)
  • Tater chips

Sauces, Add Ons, Toppings

  • Tongue Torch
  • BBQ
  • Wimpy
  • Nuclear
  • Sweet & Spicy
  • Teriyaki
  • Lite Vinaigrette

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

The modified Garden House Zalad is the best vegan meal at Zaxby’s, supplying lots of fresh veggies, flavor and even a side of crunchy toast. This is definitely the meal to get if you can’t decide! 

The best vegan option for a budget is the Crinkle Cut Fries at only $2.19. This is lots of bang for your buck, as you get enough fries to fill you up, for hardly over two dollars.

The Tater Chips are the best vegan menu item for sharing. With a whole platter of chips, you might not even need your main dish! 

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 Zaxby’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 Zaxby’s Questions

Are Zaxby’s fries vegan?

Yes, Zaxby’s fries are fully plant-based! They are, however, cooked in the same place as non-vegan products, so cross-contamination may be present.

What sauce at Zaxby’s is vegan?

The vegan sauces at Zaxby’s are Wimpy, Tongue Torch, Nuclear, Insane, Sweet & Spicy, Teriyaki, BBQ

Is Zaxby’s toast vegan?

Yes, Zaxby’s bread is vegan. As long as you don’t spread butter on it, you’re all set with this vegan side!

You can find out more information on the Zaxby’s menu by visiting their website here.

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Zaxby’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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