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Discovering vegan options at Applebee’s restaurants might surprise you. Applebee’s menu offers a variety of options for those eating a vegan diet. This guide will give you a list of vegan options available from the restaurant chain. 

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Before I lost 125 pounds I enjoyed eating tequila lime chicken washed down with a large soda and followed with chocolate cake.

Now that I have lost weight and started enjoying a vegan diet I pay close attention to vegan food offered at chain restaurants.

I know dining out as a vegan can sometimes be challenging, so I am happy to share this vegan guide for those wanting to avoid animal ingredients and learn how to eat vegan at Applebee’s.

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Vegan Options at Applebee’s

Applebee’s website gives a disclaimer that states “Because we have multiple sources of animal products in our shared cooking and prep areas, including common fryer oil, we are unable to guarantee that any menu item to be completely free of animal products.”

Applebee’s website states the following menu items are vegan-friendly options.


It might not be extensive, but there are some options for creating vegan appetizers at Applebee’s. 


There are a couple of vegan-friendly appetizers to choose from. 

  • Brew Pub Pretzels – skip the beer cheese dip. Opt for Marinara instead.
  • Chips & White Queso Dip – obviously you will want to avoid the white queso dip. Opt for Guacamole or Chipotle Lime Salsa
  • Breadsticks with Alfredo Sauce – you will need to request no alfredo and garlic butter on their signature breadstick. Opt for Marinara.

Sauces and Dips

Applebee’s locations offer a few vegan sauces and dips to choose from. In addition to the listed vegan-friendly dressing and sauces, you may want to choose simple condiments such as mustard or ketchup if they suit your tastes. 

  • Marinara Sauce
  • Guacamole
  • Chipotle Lime Salsa
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard


None of the salads are vegan, however, there are a few vegan menu options, but you must make a few special requests. 

  • House Salad – request no cheese
  • Strawberry Balsamic Chicken Salad  – request no chicken. According to Applebee’s website, you may substitute an Impossible Burger patty for the meat/seafood in any salad.

Salad Dressings

The fast-food chain offers a few vegan dressings for salads.

  • Italian Dressing
  • Lemon Olive Oil Vinaigrette


According to the fast food restaurant, you should avoid all soups since none of the soups are vegan. However, some locations are beginning to offer new plant-based options like Applebee’s Tomato Basil Soup Vegan. If the item doesn’t specifically say “vegan” you will want to ask your server or avoid it. 

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Main Courses

Finding main dishes as a vegan at Applebee’s will probably require some customization, but you only need to ask your server for some modifications. Some options include:


Applebee’s pasta dishes are limited. Plant-based eaters will need to make special requests. 

  • The pasta noodles are vegan
  • Marinara is vegan 
  • You may substitute an Impossible patty for the meat/seafood in any pasta.


There are two non-vegan items offered on their menu. The good news though, you can make some requests and still enjoy a bowl.

  • Southwest Chicken Bowl – request no chicken
  • Tex-Mex Lime Shrimp Bowl – request no shrimp
  • You may substitute an Impossible patty for the meat/seafood in any bowl

Handcrafted Burgers

All of the burgers are sources of animal products. However, Applebee’s has begun offering a new plant-based option, a vegan burger.

  • Impossible cheeseburger – request no cheese.
  • The toasted Brioche bun is vegan

Sandwiches & More

Unfortunately at this time, there are no vegan options. Per their website, they only list the Brioche Bun and Flour Tortilla as options under Sandwiches & More.

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Several side dishes are viable for someone enjoying a plant-based diet.

  • Baked potato – request a plain baked potato -request no butter and no sour cream
  • French Fries 
  • Waffle Fries
  • Steamed Broccoli – request no butter


Unfortunately, there are no vegan desserts offered at Applebee’s.

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There are many vegan-friendly drinks to choose from at Applebee’s.

Soft Drinks & Juices

Applebee’s offers Coca-Cola Products, as well as, apple juice and orange juice.

Coffee & Tea

Their brewed black coffee and black tea are naturally vegan, but you can ask for plant-based dairy alternatives for creamer. The flavored teas are vegan as well, however, it’s always a good idea to double-check with your server before selecting.

Alcoholic Beverages

A lot of people assume that alcoholic drinks are vegan, however, not all alcohol is, so It’s a good idea to double-check details for each specific brand using resources like Barnivore.

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Does Applebee’s have vegan options?

They offer some plant-based foods, however, you can make some special requests that will allow you to enjoy a delicious vegan meal. See the above recommendations.

Are Applebee’s onion rings vegan?

No. According to the allergen information on their website, the crunchy onion rings contain milk.

Are Applebee’s fries vegan?

Yes. The french fries and waffle fries are vegan options.

Are Applebee’s breadsticks vegan?

No. You can ask the server to omit the butter and that will make them vegan-friendly.

Are there vegan options on the kids menu?

No. You can substitute the burger patty on the Kid’s cheeseburger for an Impossible patty and omit the cheese for a plant-based meal.

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How to eat vegan at Applebee’s

Eating out as a vegan might seem tricky, but Applebee’s offers plenty of straightforward options. They have plant-based proteins, sides, salads, sauces, and dressings that cater to vegans, just make sure to make your requests known to your server to feel confident that you are enjoying a vegan dish. 

If you have questions regarding allergens or the vegetarian options you can visit Applebee’s, Vegetarian and Allergen Menus here. You can find accurate information and potential cross-contamination risks for items on the menu.

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​Disclaimer: Please note that I am not a medical professional. The information provided on this blog is based on my personal experiences and research as a vegan recipe enthusiast. While I strive to provide accurate and up-to-date information, it is important to consult with a qualified healthcare professional or a registered dietitian before making any significant changes to your diet, especially if you have any underlying health conditions or concerns. The recipes and tips shared on this blog are meant for general informational purposes and should not be considered a substitute for professional medical advice. Always prioritize your health and well-being by seeking personalized guidance from a qualified healthcare provider.

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