Gas station food has got a bad rap. It’s known to be unhealthy, unhygienic, expensive, and bad-tasting. But, Wawa proves that there are exceptions.
The American chain of convenience stores not only offers a wide range of food choices ranging from quick snacks to full meals but its food is also known to be fresh and delicious. Today, we’re going to find out if there is anything vegan on the Wawa menu.
Keep reading to know all about Wawa vegan options.
Does Wawa Have Vegan Food?
There may not be as many food options for vegans as there are for those without any dietary restrictions, but enough to make it a convenient pit stop for hungry plant-eaters and expand its devoted fan base a bit more.
A Little About Wawa
Spread across the Mid-Atlantic region of the country, the convenience store chain has long been a popular food shop for those living in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia (the five states it operates in) and a pit stop for those traveling through them.
It’s repeatedly rated as one of America’s best convenience stores in various industry reports and consumer surveys.
What Can Vegans Eat At Wawa?
Vegan options at Wawa include:
- Breads and Pretzels
- Cinnamon Sugar Oatmeal
- Hash Browns
- Fruit Cups
- Garden Salad
- Spicy Veggie & Beyond Meat Salad
- Burrito Bowls
- Garden Pits
- Roasted Veggie Hoagie
- The Beyond Sausage Hoagie – requires customization
- Buil-Your-Own Hoagie
- The Beyond Sausage Sizzli – requires customization
- Baked Penne
- Roasted Vegetables Pasta
- Sides & Snacks
- Spreads, Sauces, Dressings, and Toppings
It seems like a pretty good list, doesn’t it? It’s put together using the information available online – at Wawa’s website as well as other (reliable) sources.
There’s a bit of a problem here, though. Wawa doesn’t provide lists of ingredients for the foods it offers, which makes it impossible to figure out if any of them can be made vegan through custom orders.
Moreover, there is some contradiction in the information available on the Wawa website and other online sources, including PETA.
I recommend confirming the status of any item you’re doubtful about with the staff members to avoid consuming any non-vegan food mistakenly.
Want to learn more about these Wawa vegan food choices? Keep reading as we dive a little deeper into the Wawa menu to gather more details about these vegan food options, so you know how to eat vegan at Wawa and decide your order with confidence.
Wawa Vegan Options 2023 – A Detailed Breakdown
Here are all the food choices on the Wawa vegan menu:
Wawa Vegan Breakfast Options
Everyone, from moms to healthcare experts, says that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And there’s no denying it (even though I am not a breakfast person).
Whether you live in a state with Wawa or passing through one while on the road, know that you can stop by the convenience store to pick up some breakfast goodies.
Vegan breakfast choices at Wawa include:
Bread and Pretzels
Bread is a breakfast essential and is also easiest to have on the go. The people at Wawa know this. Therefore, they offer a few different bread varieties, so you all can pick your preferred one. Vegan bread available at Wawa include:
- Rye Bread
- Multi-Grain Bread
- Classic Bread Roll
- Shorti Roll
- Junior Roll
- Hot Dog Roll
- Panini Bread
- Soft Pretzel
- Everything Pretzel
Sold at the register, this delicious and everyone’s favorite breakfast item makes a great choice for a quick grab-and-go breakfast (or even snack).
Looking to start your day with something healthy? Try fruit cups! Listed on Wawa’s Read-to-Go menu, these are delicious, refreshing, and nutritious. Your choices include:
- Mixed Fruit Cup
- Sunshine Blend Fruit Cup
- Mixed Fruit with Kiwi
- Pineapple Fruit Cup
- Mango Fruit Cup
- Watermelon Fruit Cup
- Red Grapes Fruit Cup
- Mango, Pineapple, & Strawberries
- Blueberries & Strawberries
- Blueberries, Grapes, &Watermelon
PETA also lists Wawa’s Bagels and Cinnamon Sugar Oatmeal as vegan-friendly. However, as per the store’s allergen menu, the bagels contain eggs and milk, whereas the oatmeal has regular dairy milk.
PETA is a reliable source, and you can’t also deny or doubt the information given on Wawa’s website. To clear the air, I recommend confirming the vegan status of these items at your local Wawa store. It may vary across different Wawa locations.
Wawa Vegan Salads
Did you ever think you would be able to get fresh salads (actually fresh) from a convenience store? Turns out, you can, at Wawa!
The store also offers ready-to-go options for those who may not have time to make their salad fresh.
Here are the Wawa salads that come standard as vegan friendly, according to PETA:
- Garden Salad
- Spicy Veggie & Beyond Meat Salad
While PETA mentions these salads as vegan-friendly, Wawa’s allergen menu states that the Garden Salad contains egg, and it doesn’t even list the Beyond Meat salad.
Since Wawa has the option to have your salad made fresh, I believe you may be able to get the fresh salad bowls customized as per the vegan diet. Do try asking.
Wawa Vegan Lunch and Dinner Options
For those who aren’t from the East Coast, Wawa is best known for its hoagies. But, if sandwiches aren’t your thing, rest assured that there are other options as well.
Here are all the available vegan entrée choices at Wawa:
Burritos and Burrito Bowls
Burritos and burrito bowls make rich, hearty, and filling meals. While Wawa doesn’t have any standard vegan options in these categories, you can get a few varieties customized. When doing so, make sure to also ask to hold the cheese and sour cream in addition to the meat.
Roasted veggies, beans, and rice are vegan, so you can either choose a rice and beans burrito or get one made with your choice of ingredients by opting for the Build-Your-Own burrito option.
I couldn’t find this item on the store’s allergen menu, but it’s there in PETA’s list of vegan options at Wawa. We don’t know what it contains, but PETA recommends swapping the ranch dressing with the balsamic vinaigrette when ordering Wawa’s Garden Pita vegan.
Wawa offers a good variety of different types of sandwiches. These include paninis, hot and cold hoagies, brisket sandwiches, pita sandwiches, cold stacked sandwiches, club sandwiches, and deli sandwiches.
But, sadly, none of them come standard as vegan-friendly, and most can’t even be customized.
Here are a couple of options (hoagies) that PETA says can be made vegan with a few alterations:
- Roasted Veggie Hoagie – Choose plain role instead of the whole wheat hoagie roll (that contains honey) and swap the mayo with the avocado spread.
- The Beyond Sausage Hoagie – Order without eggs, and make sure there is no cheese.
- The Beyond Sausage Sizzli – Choose vegan bread and skip the eggs and cheese.
While PETA only shares these two options, the Wawa website also has a Veggie Hoagie, which, I believe, can also be customized since they are all Built-to-Order.
Moreover, there is a Build-Your-Own Hoagie option; you can also choose that. You can also have veggies and your choice of vegan sauce added to a Beyond sausage sandwich to make it even better.
There is no information or tips available anywhere online about customizing other types of sandwiches. But, I am sure they can be made vegan too. Inquire at your local Wawa if you’re not a big fan of hoagie rolls.
According to a PETA article on vegan food options at Wawa, there are two vegan-friendly pasta varieties available at the convenience store. These include:
- Baked Penne
- Roasted Vegetable Pasta
Wawa Vegan Sides & Snacks
Whether you’re looking for something to pair your meal with or something to munch on while on the road, Wawa has numerous options. However, as with all other food categories, not all of them are suitable for those on a vegan diet.
PETA suggests choosing from the following options if you’re on a no-meat, no-dairy, and no-eggs diet:
- Carrot Snack Pack
- Hummus and Pita Rounds
- Black Beans
- Rice & Beans
- Carrots & Celery Peanut Butter Dipper
- Apple Peanut Butter Dipper
- Pretzels (Plain and Everything)
- Fruit Cups
- Beyond Meatball and Marinara
- French Fries
You can also get a variety of vegan-friendly packaged snacks at Wawa convenience stores, including chips, cookies and crackers, candies and gums, snack bars, and nuts.
Wawa Vegan Sauces, Dressings, & Toppings
Choose from the following plant-based spreads, sauces, dressings, and toppings to make your vegan meals and snacks more flavorful:
- Chunky Marinara Sauce
- Cherry Pepper Relish
- Spicy Brown Mustard
- Yellow Mustard
- Sriracha Sauce
- Red Wine Vinegar
- Olive Oil
- Avocado Spread
- CranRaisin Blend
- Fresh Salsa
- Sunflower Seeds
- Oreo Cookie Pieces
- Maple Syrup
These are the only vegan options in this category, as per Wawa’s website. However, PETA also lists barbeque sauce as vegan-friendly.
You can also add the following veggies in your burritos, wraps, sandwiches, or bowls to make your vegan Wawa foods more filling, flavorful, nutritious, and enjoyable:
- Spring Mix
- Caramelized Onions
- Slivered Onions
- Sliced Red Onions
- Shredded Carrots
- Sliced Tomatoes
- Grape Tomatoes
- Crispy Jalapeno Strips
- Diced Apples
- Roasted Veggies
- Roasted Peppers
Wawa Vegan Proteins
When building your own vegan meals, you can choose to add any of the following vegan protein options available at Wawa:
- Beyond Breakfast Sausage
- Beyond Meatball
Wawa Vegan Beverages
Similar to all other categories, Wawa offers both Built-to-Order and Ready-to-Go options in beverages as well. Your vegan options in both categories are as follows:
- Mountain Dew
- Dr. Pepper
- A&W Root Beer
- Canada Dry
Teas & Coffees
- Coffee – Available in different Mild, Medium, and Dark Roast varieties. Make sure to order without milk or ask if they can do it in non-dairy milk for you. Cold-brew is also available.
- Iced Tea
- Diet Iced Tea
- Raspberry Iced Tea
- Diet Raspberry Iced Tea
- Peach Iced Tea
- Diet Peach Iced Tea
- Blackberry Iced Tea
- Pomegranate Berry Iced Tea
- Green Tea
- Diet Green Tea
- Mango Green Tea
- Sweet Tea
- Pure Leaf Lemon Green Tea
Juices and Lemonades
- Tropical Punch
- Fruit Punch
- Diet Lemonade
- Raspberry Lemonade
- Peach Lemonade
- Strawberry Lemonade
- Watermelon Lemonade
- Mango Juice
- Apple Juice
- Orange Juice
- Cranberry Juice
- Berry Dragon Fruit Refresher
- Mango Dragon Fruit Refresher
- Strawberry Dragon Fruit Refresher
- Berry Passion Fruit Refresher
- Mango Passion Fruit Refresher
- Strawberry Passion Fruit Refresher
- Purple Dragon Wawa Oat Milk Refresher
- Blush Strawberry Wawa Oat Milk Refresher
- Golden Mango Wawa Oat Milk Refresher
- Emerald Matcha Wawa Oat Milk Refresher
- Red Bull
Wawa Food Items That May Look Vegan But Are Not
When ordering vegan at Wawa, make sure to avoid the following items. They may appear vegan-friendly, but the store’s allergen menu tells that they contain animal ingredients.
- Sourdough Bread – Contains egg and milk.
- Cornbread – Contains egg and milk.
- Flour Tortilla – Several online sources list the Wawa tortillas as vegan-friendly, but according to the allergen menu given on Wawa’s website, these contain milk and eggs (surprising).
- Bagels – Just like the tortilla, many online sources assert that Wawa’s bagels are vegan-friendly, but the allergen menu tells that they contain eggs and milk.
- Wheat Roll – Contains egg and milk.
- Protein Boost – Listed in the Built-to-Order Beverage Additions category contains milk.
- Pumpkin Spice Sauce – Contains milk.
- Potato Salad – Contains egg.
- Protein Power Pack – Listed in the Cold Express To-Go Snacks & Meals category, this food item contains milk and eggs.
- Kale and Quinoa Salad – Contains milk.
- Buffalo Sauce – Contains egg and milk.
- Garlic Aioli Sauce – Contains egg.
- Miracle Whip – Contains egg.
- Remoulade Sauce – Contain egg.
- Basil Pesto – Contains milk.
- Sizzli Breakfast Burrito – Contains milk and eggs.
- Sweet Potatoes – Contain milk and eggs.
Wawa Vegan Menu FAQs
- Is Wawa Stuffing vegan?
No. According to the Wawa allergen menu, it contains milk.
- Is Wawa chipotle sauce vegan?
Wawa chipotle sauce is not vegan. It contains egg.
- Are Wawa donuts vegan?
Wawa has quite a few different varieties of donuts. But, sadly, none of them are vegan-friendly; they all contain eggs and milk.
- Is Wawa hot chocolate vegan?
Wawa hot chocolate is made with regular milk, so it’s not vegan. However, Wawa does have almond milk, so you may try asking if they can make hot chocolate using non-dairy milk.
- Are Wawa smoothies vegan?
Wawa’s website doesn’t provide any details about smoothies’ ingredients, so we don’t know if they are vegan-friendly or not. Your best bet is to ask at your local Wawa store.
Conclusion – Is Wawa Vegan-Friendly?
Considering the limited choices offered for vegans compared to those who do not follow a restrictive diet, Wawa may not appear to be a vegan-friendly place.
But, when you look at the fact that you are getting all these choices at a convenience store, your perspective is bound to change.
How many convenience stores have you been to with even these many vegan choices? Not many, I am sure.
Wawa may not be an ideal place for vegan food, but it certainly is a good choice in the world of convenience stores.
Did you find this article helpful? Interested to learn about vegan options available at other American stores? Check out my article Trader Joe’s Vegan Options to find out what this popular grocery store chain offers for its vegan customers.