Eating Vegan – Nando’s UK

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Despite it’s very chicken vibe, Nando’s can be a really good place to eat as a vegan, with six different hot mains for us (sure they are rooted in two different bases, but they’re different 😉) and a load of salads. Having quickly become one of the most popular chains in the UK, I’m pretty sure some of your friends visit regularly, but now you don’t need to be put off by the usual “but you can’t eat there, it’s a chicken restaurant!” (Especially as there are actually 9 veggie mains!).

Check out the items below that are suitable for vegans:

 

Appeteasers

  • Houmous with PERi-PERi Drizzle – Pour smoky PERi-PERi oil over creamy houmous and dig in with strips of warm pitta.
  • Red Pepper Dip – Dive in to tempting roasted red pepper and chilli spice dip with warm pitta strips.
  • Spicy Mixed Olives – Co-starring garlic, pepper, mushroom and chilli.
  • PERi-PERi Nuts – Fiery almonds, cashews and macadamias – crunch with punch.
  • Garlic Bread – Tasty toasted Portuguese Roll with garlic and a touch of chilli. This item has a possible cross-contamination warning, but doesn’t actually contain any dairy.

 

Mains

  • Veggie Burger – A spicy soya and tomato burger seasoned with spring onion, green chilli and cayenne pepper. Ask for it without mayo!
  • Veggie Wrap – A spicy soya and tomato burger seasoned with spring onion, green chilli and cayenne pepper. Ask for it without yoghurt!
  • Veggie Pitta – A spicy soya and tomato burger seasoned with spring onion, green chilli and cayenne pepper. Ask for it without mayo!
  • Portobello Mushroom and Grilled Halloumi Burger – Roasted Portobello Mushroom and Grilled Halloumi Cheese. Ask for it without the halloumi cheese and mayo!
  • Portobello Mushroom and Grilled Halloumi Wrap – Roasted Portobello Mushroom and Grilled Halloumi Cheese. Ask for it without the halloumi cheese and yoghurt!
  • Portobello Mushroom and Grilled Halloumi Pitta – Roasted Portobello Mushroom and Grilled Halloumi Cheese. Ask for it without the halloumi cheese and mayo!
  • Quinoa Salad – With sweet potato and avocado chunks, piccolo tomatoes, cucumber, crisp salad leaves and a good sprinkling of feta cheese, sesame & roasted seeds. Ask for it without feta cheese!
  • Mediterranean Salad – Piccolo tomatoes, cucumber, celery, sweet peppers and mixed leaves in paprika dressing. Sprinkled with olives and feta cheese. Ask for it without feta cheese!
  • Mixed Leaf Salad – A mix of five leaves and piccolo tomatoes.
  • Supergrain Salad – Grains, greens and beans with avocado chunks and an avocado & buttermilk dressing. Packed with the good stuff – wheatberry, freekah, edamame, kale and more. Ask for it without the avocado and buttermilk dressing!

 

Sauces

  • Mango & Lime
  • Lemon & Herb
  • Medium
  • Hot
  • Extra Hot

 

Sides

  • Garlic Bread – Tasty toasted Portuguese Roll with garlic and a touch of chilli. This item has a possible cross-contamination warning, but doesn’t actually contain any dairy.
  • Mixed Leaf Side Salad
  • Chips
  • PERi Salted Chips
  • Corn on the CobMake sure you ask for this without the butter.
  • Supergrain Salad – Grains, greens and beans with avocado chunks and an avocado & buttermilk dressing. Packed with the good stuff – wheatberry, freekah, edamame, kale and more. Ask for it without the avocado and buttermilk dressing!

 

Fino Sides

  • Chargrilled Veg – Chunky mixed peppers, red onions and courgette in a spicy tomato concasse.
  • Sweet Potato Wedges – Five roasted wedges with creamy coriander and sesame & roasted seed dips. Ask for this without the dips.

 

Extras

  • Pineapple
  • Avocado
  • PERi-PERi Drizzle

 

Desserts

  • Passion Fruit Gelado – Nando’s twist on ice cream. Light, creamy and dangerously moreish.

 

Nandinos

Mains

  • Veggie Strips – Spicy soya and tomato strips seasoned with spring onion, green chilli and cayenne pepper.

Dino Sides

  • Chips
  • Garlic Bread – Tasty toasted Portuguese Roll with garlic and a touch of chilli. This item has a possible cross-contamination warning, but doesn’t actually contain any dairy.
  • Corn on the CobMake sure you ask for this without the butter.
  • Little Tomatoes
  • Sweet Potato Wedges

Desserts

  • Chilly Billy Lolly

Dino Drinks

  • Bottle Green Cordial – (100ml) Apple or Strawberry.

 

Drinks

White Wine

  • Cara Viva White (Portugal) – Dry, crisp and easy-drinking.
  • Spier Chenin / Sauvignon Blanc (S.Africa)THIS ONE IS NOT VEGAN!!!
  • Stormhoek Pinot Grigio (S.Africa) – Fresh and fruity with hints of lime and pear.

Red Wine

  • Cara Viva Red (Portugal) – Bursting with fruit. Great with spicy food.
  • Spier Merlot (S.Africa)THIS ONE IS NOT VEGAN!!!
  • Grand’ Arte Shiraz (Portugal) – Full bodied and perfectly balanced.

Rosรฉ Wine

  • Cara Viva Medium Dry (Portugal) – An off dry gem. Suits PERi-PERi sprice.
  • Cara Viva Summer Fruit (Portugal) – Slightly sweeter summer fruitiness.

Sangria

  • Sangria – A refreshing mix of red wine and lemonade with a frenzy of fruit and a dash of spice for good measure. Perfect for parties!

Beer/Cider

  • Sagres Radler (Portugal) – Sagres Lager with lemon juice. Refreshment with a twist (2% ABV).
  • Sagres Beer (Portugal) – (330ml) Portugal’s favourite golden lager.
  • Superbock Beer (Portugal) – (330ml) Strong and crisp lager that packs punch.
  • 2M – (330ml) A light, crisp and refreshing beer from sunny Mozambique.
  • Savanna Cider (S.Africa) – (330ml) Distinctly appley.

 

 

For more info, please check the Nando’s website

If you have any updates or comments about this, please add them below, we want this to be as updated as possible so any tips you have will be greatly appreciated!

Last updated: 20 May 2016

 

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Author: Rich

22 comments

  1. siobhan says:

    What about the marinades and sauces?

  2. Jess Nacci says:

    Great list, thank you! …Is the spicy rice not vegan?!

  3. omzanti says:

    Wow… Your Nandos has so much more veg/vegan variety than ours in Australia…. We have such great food here and yet so few Nandos options compared to yours. It’s like if you don’t eat chicken…. go away!

    When I was studying I used to go there for garden salad and couscous but no idea if they were strictly vegan.

  4. Mike Maybury says:

    I suppose that it MAY be passable to visit such a place with friends who are not vegan, but so many of the vegetarian dishes become very dull when you take away the cheese etc. which leaves no protein in many cases as well.
    Vegans should not be prepared to put up with these tasteless alternatives. If vegans really wanted to make like easier for themselves and others, they would open their own caterers and provide delicious food to entice vegans, vegetarians and meat-eaters. Most customers to vegetarian restaurants usually eat meat, and are attracted, for various reasons to the varied and tasty food available.
    Where is that pioneering spirit from the beginning of the 20th. Century, when veggies opened factories and shops around the U K to spread their humane ideas. Why work for the enemy, as so many people do?

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  6. Amy Lynn Swarbrick says:

    Hey, just wanted to update you as we checked the allergy info on the website as we wanted to get Nandos last weekend, the veggie burger patties contain eggs as an ingredient, not as cross contamination. They have for sure changed the entire menu since this post was originally made as there was extremely little available to us even when asking my for things without cheese etc

    • Rich says:

      Hi Amy, they have confirmed that the patties don’t have egg, and it comes up as containing egg (rather than cross contamination) as they take the whole thing into account (i.e. with the mayo – which has eggs in it). So as long as you ask for it without the mayo (or yogurt in the wrap) then you should be safe ๐Ÿ™‚
      i have also updated the whole post after talking to Nando’s – it’s grown! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Joanna says:

    What about the beanie burger? I thought it was vegan as long as you order without mayo. What has changed? I had one last week, now I’m gutted!

  8. Tracy Hoult says:

    The kids garlic bread now contains egg ๐Ÿ™

    • Mike Maybury says:

      With 500,000 vegans nationwide apparently, surely we could open 1000 catering establishments with 5 vegan staff in each, and that’s only using 1% of vegans.
      What will all the other vegans do to help spread the lifestyle?
      1000 Health Food and organic stores- another 1%
      1000 regular cookery demonstrations- another 1%
      1000 local societies and groups meeting weekly or more frequently- another 1%
      1000 mobile caterers/stalls at markets and in town centres- another 1%
      That’s only 5% of vegans active.
      What will all the rest do?

  9. Adam says:

    The veggi burger actually has eggs in it.

  10. Vegan says:

    NANDOS VEGGIE BURGER IS NOT VEGAN IT HAS EGG
    ALSO FOR THE CHIPS U HAVE TO ASK THEM TO REMOVE THE CHICKEN SALT

    • Joanna says:

      What do mean by chicken salt? Is it the peri-peri salt? Or the regular salt they use? What is in it that is not vegan? Where did you find this information? Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Bron says:

    The quinoa salad actually contains milk! It says on their dietary section on the app. It’s not vegan, just vegetarian

  12. Ian says:

    Nandos cook their veggie burgers on the same grill with the Chicken – contamination is common !!

    My wife found Chicken in her veggie wrap and when she complained to Nandos head office they sent her a letter explaining that they are a chicken shop, they sell chicken. They offer food called “veggie” but nowhere say it is vegetarian or claim that it is. The letter said they tell their staff to “try” to scrape as much chicken off as possible before cooking a veggie burger, but if you want vegetarian food to eat somewhere else, and sorry they won’t see you again.

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