Ah, McAlister’s Deli—a place where you might think your vegan options are limited.
They’ve got some vegan-friendly gems that even the most discerning plant-based eater would enjoy. From sandwiches to soups, let’s explore my top picks that make eating vegan at McAlister’s a flavorful experience.
Unpacking the Sandwich Game
A Customizable Veggie Delight
Let’s start with something filling—The Veggie sandwich.
Now, here’s where you put your personal touch. Swap out that 9-grain bread with any from the list below and kick the mayo to the curb. Spicy brown mustard is your new best friend, or you can opt for a different vegan-friendly dressing.
This sandwich isn’t just lettuce and tomato; it’s loaded with avocado, colorful roasted peppers, red onion, and more.
Choose Your Bread Wisely
- Ciabatta Bread
- Country White Bread
- Wheat Wrap
- Bread Bowl
- Sliced Wheat
- 6″ & 12″ Baguette
- Marbled Rye Bread
Add Some Zing
- Spicy Brown Mustard
The Sides You Didn’t Know You Needed
- Fruit Medley
- Crunchy Pickle Spear
- Refreshing Tomato and Cucumber Salad
- Lay’s Classic
- Baked Lay’s
- Miss Vickie’s Sea Salt
The Soup Section is Hot
Bowl of Comfort: Veggie Chili
This is no ordinary bowl of soup; it’s a hearty delight. Opt for the bread bowl if you’re feeling like an indulgence.
And don’t forget, you can jazz it up with garnishes such as blue corn tortilla chips or even some fiery jalapenos.
Make it Your Own
- Blue Corn Tortilla Chips
- Crispy Onion
Spuds Your Way
Who says potatoes are boring? At McAlister’s, you’re the chef when it comes to crafting your own spud.
A word of advice: since you’ll be nixing any non-vegan sauces, think about including spicy brown mustard for flavor or get imaginative by adding veggie chili on top.
The Topping Line-Up
- Avocado (extra cost, but worth it)
- Diced Tomatoes
A Salad That Isn’t Just Leaves
The Garden Variety
Skip the cheese and croutons, but feel free to go crazy with the rest. Pick a dressing that suits your palate, and enjoy a salad that’s more than just a side dish.
Dressing Dilemmas? No More
- Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinaigrette
- Fat-Free Raspberry Pecan Vinaigrette
Caution: As always, there’s a risk of cross-contamination in any non-vegan establishment. Be sure to express your comfort level regarding this when placing your order.
So, the next time you find yourself at McAlister’s, remember that being vegan doesn’t mean you have to settle for a plain salad or a dry potato. Get creative and make that menu work for you!
Did you find this guide useful? Here are a couple of my other guides on how to eat vegan at other restaurants:
Want more information on ordering vegan at McAlister’s Deli? I recommend checking out the following resources: