There are more Subways in the world than any other restaurant. This is comforting in the fact that no matter where you are, it’s very likely there’s a sub shop nearby with plenty of vegan options. We dove into the menus around the globe to find all the vegan options—from the standard Veggie Delite to the vegan-friendly regional specialties. Use this guide to learn what’s vegan (hello, Sweet Onion Sauce) and what’s surprisingly not (avoid the 9-Grain wheat bread) before you place your next Subway order.
At Subway, it begins with bread. The only vegan option available across all locations is the Italian (white), though the chain carries other plant-based bread options that vary by region. These include Harvest, Hearty Italian, Roasted Garlic, Ciabatta, and Sourdough. Both the tomato basil and spinach wraps are animal-free as well.
The condiments at Subway can transform a rather bland sandwich into a handhold you’ll actually enjoy. Vegan-friendly options include guacamole, all three varieties of mustard (deli brown, yellow, mustard seed spread), oil and vinegar, Subway Herb Garlic Oil, Subway Vinaigrette, Sweet Onion Sauce, black pepper, and sea salt. The options expand even more when looking at the regional variety. Your local sub shop could carry any of the following vegan-friendly sauces and spreads: barbecue sauce, buffalo sauce, Creamy Italian, Fire-roasted Tomato Sauce, giardiniera, Golden Italian, hot pepper relish, ketchup, and sweet chili sauce.
Vegans, seek sustenance elsewhere during the A.M. hours. There are no vegan breakfast options at this sandwich shop.
Sandwiches and Wraps
At any Subway, vegans can always depend on the Veggie Delite. Make your sandwich substantial by piling on as many vegetables as you like (banana peppers, black olives, peppers, onions, cucumbers, lettuce, tomato, pickles, spinach, and jalapeños) and amp up the flavor with Subway’s vegan-friendly condiments. Beyond this veggie-loaded sandwich, a vegan-friendly Veggie Patty is available in select Malibu, CA locations. If you encounter the Veggie Patty elsewhere, ask to check the ingredients. The chain serves two varieties of Veggie Patties—one contains animal products. In earlier years, Subway offered falafel and vegan meatballs as well, but these options have been discontinued in the States and Canada. The falafel is still available in Australia and New Zealand.
The vegan salad at Subway is essentially a breadless Veggie Delight served in a bowl. If you’re in Malibu, CA where they offer the vegan Veggie Patty, we highly suggest adding this to make your salad more substantial. Outside of Malibu, be firm with your sandwich artist and tell them to load up on the veggies and don’t skimp on the guac. Any of the vegan condiments listed above can be used as a dressing.
Subway carries a variety of Lay’s brand chips and Musselman’s squeezable applesauce to supplement its vegan patron’s meals. Just be sure to steer clear of the cheese-flavored Doritos and Sunchips. And unfortunately, the cookies are not vegan.
What better accompanies a six-inch than a cup of soup? Opt for the Black Bean or Mediterranean Vegetable to make your sub a full meal.
Tanya Flink is a Digital Editor at VegNews as well as a writer and fitness enthusiast living in Orange County, CA.
Photo credit: Subwayplant-based nasdaq-bynd cheese dressing