Despite its very chicken vibe, Nando's is one of the best places in most towns to eat as a vegan, with nine different hot mains for us (sure they are rooted in three different bases, but they're different 😉) and four main meal 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 now 13 veggie mains!)

Check out the items below that are suitable for vegans:

Last updated: 17 November 2019

Fire-starters

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

 

Mains

Burgers, Pittas & Wraps

  • Sweet Potato & Butternut Burger – Made with red pepper, onion, edamame beans, and a hint of smoked paprika. Served in a bun with lettuce, tomato, and mayo. Ask for it without mayo.
  • Sweet Potato & Butternut Wrap – Made with red pepper, onion, edamame beans, and a hint of smoked paprika. Served in a wrap with lettuce, lightly spiced yoghurt mayo, and chilli jam. Ask for it without yoghurt mayo.
  • Sweet Potato & Butternut Pitta – Made with red pepper, onion, edamame beans, and a hint of smoked paprika. Served in a pitta with lettuce, semi-dried PERi tomatoes, cucumber moons, and mayo. Ask for it without mayo.
  • Supergreen Burger – Made with broccoli, edamame beans, and kale. Served in a bun with lettuce, tomato, and mayo. Ask for it without mayo.
  • Supergreen Wrap – Made with broccoli, edamame beans, kale, and a touch of mint. Served in a wrap with lettuce, lightly spiced yoghurt mayo, and chilli jam. Ask for it without yoghurt mayo.
  • Supergreen Pitta – Made with broccoli, edamame beans, kale, and a touch of mint. Served in a pitta with lettuce, semi-dried PERi tomatoes, cucumber moons, and mayo. Ask for it without mayo.
  • Portobello Mushroom & Halloumi Burger – Roasted portobello mushroom and grilled halloumi cheese served in a bun with lettuce, tomato, and mayo. Ask for it without the halloumi and mayo.
  • Portobello Mushroom & Halloumi Wrap – Roasted portobello mushroom and grilled halloumi cheese served in a wrap with lettuce, lightly spiced yoghurt mayo, and chilli jam. Ask for it without the halloumi and yoghurt mayo.
  • Portobello Mushroom & Halloumi Pitta – Roasted portobello mushroom and grilled halloumi cheese served in a pitta with lettuce, semi-dried PERi tomatoes, cucumber moons, and mayo. Ask for it without the halloumi and mayo.

Special Guests

  • Veggie Cataplana – Chargrilled veg, beans and chickpeas in a rich, spicy tomato and coconut sauce, served on spicy rice and sprinkled with toasted coconut shavings.

Salads

  • House Salad – Cos lettuce tossed with crunchy cucumber and mixed tomatoes, topped with a spicy olive mix and chargrilled peppers.
  • Grains ‘n Greens Salad – A hearty helping of mixed grains, beans, and corn, served on a bed of baby spinach and topped with long stem broccoli.
  • Mixed Leaf Salad – A mix of four leaves, sweet baby plum tomatoes, and cucumber.

 

Sauces

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

 

Sides

Regular

  • Garlic Bread – With 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.
  • Grains ‘n Greens – Grains, beans, peas, and corn drizzled with an avocado & buttermilk dressing. Ask for it without the avocado and buttermilk dressing.
  • Saucy Spinach – Baby spinach with beans and chickpeas, cooked in a spicy tomato & coconut sauce.
  • Long Stem Broccoli
  • Spicy Rice

Fino

  • Sweet Potato Mash – Rich and creamy mashed sweet potato.
  • Roasted Sweet Potato & Butternut Squash – With wilted spinach and a sprinkle of feta cheese. Ask for this without the feta cheese.
  • Chargrilled Veg – Chunky mixed peppers, red onion, and courgette with crushed PERi-PERi tomatoes.

Extras

  • PERi-PERi Drizzle
  • Chilli Jam
  • Pineapple
  • Avocado
  • Toasted Pitta
  • Portobello Mushroom

 

Desserts

  • Mango Gelado – Nando's twist on ice cream. Light, creamy and dangerously moreish.

 

Nandinos

Mains

  • Sweet Potato & Butternut Pattie – Made with red pepper, onion, and edamame beans.
  • Sweet Potato & Butternut Burger – Made with red pepper, onion, and edamame beans, served in a bun with lettuce, tomato, and mayo. Ask for it without mayo.

Dino Sides

  • Broccoli
  • Sweet Potato Mash
  • Grains ‘n Greens – Grains, greens and full of beans. It shouldn't come with the avocado and buttermilk dressing, but double check when ordering.
  • Sweet Potato & Butternut Squash Chunks
  • Corn on the Cob Make sure you ask for this without the butter.
  • Little Tomatoes
  • Chips
  • Garlic Bread – With a touch of chilli. This item has a possible cross-contamination warning, but doesn't actually contain any dairy.

Desserts

  • Chilly Billy Lolly

Dino Drinks

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

 

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!

First published: 23 June 2015
Last updated: 17 November 2019

 

29 COMMENTS

  1. 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.

  2. 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?

  3. […] chains are starting to realise that there’s a market to be served. You can get vegan options in Nando’s (the veggie burger without mayo and the chips are good, as is the sweetcorn side – your server […]

  4. 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

    • 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 🙂
      i have also updated the whole post after talking to Nando’s – it’s grown! 🙂

  5. 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!

    • 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?

    • 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 🙂

  6. 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.

  7. Wow…I can’t believe that so many vegans would choose to eat in a place that is responsible for the death of so many chickens!
    Also, do you seriously believe that everybody working in those kitchens gives a f*** about cross contamination?
    Ian’s comments sum up their attitude really.

  8. The medium sauce at Nandos is NOT vegan. You need to change this on here as I made the mistake of ordering it and luckily a member of staff informed me it is not vegan. It’s only suitable for Vegetarians.

  9. I’m a vegan who works at Nando’s, and the spicy rice has just been made vegan! I don’t think the website has been updated yet and it might not yet be in all the stores, but it is happening. Ask to check the box (it has ingredients listed on the label) in the restaurant, they’ll be able to show it to you.

  10. Another nandos worker here! Spicy rice and sweet mash are also vegan. Both have had the butter taken out.

    Also so is the chocolate gelato

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