Everything Vegan at Applebee's (Late-2019)

Applebees Typical Location Vegan Options

Applebee’s has some great vegan options including a vegan burger, multiple sides, salads, and maybe even an appetizer depending on your local Applebee’s menu choices.

We’ll go over all of them below, but first off let me address that it wasn’t always this way. In fact, most people have no clue Applebee’s even has these vegan options. I’m not entirely sure why when Applebee’s revamped their cooking processes and some of the products they served, even introducing a vegan burger, they got little to no attention for it.

Applebee’s is one of the most vegan-friendly chain restaurants in the United States, even beating out more popular well-known places such as Chili’s Grill & Bar (Yes that Chili’s), but of course that’s not saying too much.

Vegan Appetizers at Applebee's:

  • Basket of Fries
  • Chips & Salsa

While both of these weren’t always vegan, as Applebee’s sometimes used to use oil that contained animal lard, now all Applebee’s use Vegetable Oils (Soybean in particular) that are trans-fat free.

Applebee's Main-course Vegan Meal Options:

  • Impossible Burger without cheese (Not all locations – Yet!)
  • Southwestern Chicken Salad (No Chicken, Cheese, Sub dressing for vegan one – see below)
  • Oriental Chicken Salad (No Chicken, Sub dressing for Vegan Dressing – see below)
Those are all the “real” Vegan main courses you can order currently, however there’s always the classic vegan meal built of multiple sides that’ll be covered below. Applebee’s has some decent sides to choose from that can build a basic vegan meal or add some bulk to one of the above salads.

Applebee's Vegan Sides:

  • French Fries
  • Seasoned Fries
  • Steamed Broccoli (Request no Butter)
  • Apple Sauce
  • Baked Potato (Request no Butter)
  • House Salad (No Cheese, see vegan dressings below)
  • Salad Greens with Fruit and Veggies
  • Grilled Onions (Off-menu but able to be ordered as a topping)
  • Guacamole

That’s pretty much all the vegan side options, some Applebee’s may also have Corn that you’ll need to get without butter, however it’s not typical for Applebee’s to have corn.

Applebee's Vegan Salad Dressings & Sauces

  • Lemon Olive Oil Vinaigrette
  • Fat Free Italian
  • Champagne Vinaigrette
  • Sweet & Spicy Sauce
  • Balsamic Glaze
  • Salsa
  • Pico De Gallo
  • Chimichurri Sauce
  • Chunky Roma Pepper Relish
  • Black Bean Corn Salsa
  • Chunky Roma Pepper Relish

That’s all the Salad Dressings and Sauces other than Ketchup/Barbecue sauce/etc, that are vegan. Normally you can request any of the above for free with pretty much anything you order at Applebee’s, so don’t be afraid to ask for them.

They can make simple boring baked potatoes into very tasty treats and of course kick your salad’s to a whole new level.

Is That All The Vegan Options at Applebee's?

Other than the drinks they serve and silly things that are always vegan such as Ketchup, yes, that’s all that’s vegan at Applebee’s. The Pastas & Deserts, while many of them can be made vegetarian none of them can be made vegan nor are naturally vegan. Their soups aren’t vegan either, and in fact all of them contain Cow (beef) broth.