Longhorn Steakhouse is not a vegan-friendly restaurant but it has a lot to offer when it comes to side dishes and toppings. It isn’t somewhere you would plan out a meal but can stop by for a quick bite.
There aren’t any 100% dedicated dishes for us vegans as they do share the same utensils to prepare non-vegan stuff. In this article, we’ll give you some vegan options that you can try out at Longhorn Steakhouse to make the most out of your trip.
Vegan Side Dishes at Longhorn Steakhouse
A lot of the below-mentioned side dishes are may be either fried in animal oil or have cheese sprinkled over them. It definitely doesn’t hurt to ask for no dairy, no butter, or a vegan version of the side dish. But make sure you emphasize the need for the dishes to be vegan.
- Plain Baked Potato
- Steamed Rice Pilaf
- Fresh Steamed Broccoli
- A Green Salad
- Plain Sweet Potato
- Seasoned French Fries
- Freshly Baked Bread
Another very interesting salad that Longhorn Steakhouse offers is the Strawberry Pecan Salad. The pecans are honey-glazed, so you can always ask the waiter for any adjustments if you really want to try them. The Strawberry Pecan Salad has feta cheese, so make sure to place the order without the cheese.
Make sure you order the bread without butter. The Green Salad contains cheese and croutons, so tell the server to not add those to your dish. If ordering Steamed Broccoli or Asparagus, do not forget to mention removing butter out of the preparing method.
Vegan Sauces and Salad Dressing at Longhorn Steakhouse
- BBQ Sauce
- The Original
- Oil and Vinegar
- Balsamic Vinaigrette
- Raspberry Vinaigrette
- Italian Sauce
- Mustard Sauce
While all the listed sauces and salad dressings are vegan, there are a few exceptions. But why would we add them to the list if they aren’t completely vegan? The catch is, in some locations they are, and in some, they aren’t. Before opting for dressings like White Balsamic Vinaigrette and Raspberry Vinaigrette, consult with the waiter.
Drinks at Longhorn Steakhouse
If only there were as many vegan meals as beverages at Longhorn Steakhouse, they would be called a true and proud vegan restaurant. Sadly, this isn’t the case. If nothing on the vegan menu excites you, vent it all out on their wide range of beverages.
- Bottled water
- Minute Maid Lemonade
- Raspberry Iced Tea
- Sweet Tea
- Raspberry Lemonade
- Strawberry Lemonade
- Unsweetened Tea
- Diet Coke
- Apple Juice
- Cranberry Juice
- Dr Pepper
- Pibb Xtra
- Peach Iced Tea
- Orange Juice
From sodas to alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, they have got it all. All beverages are safe and completely vegan. If you find nothing on the menu, just go have a drink to distract yourself from the disappointment.
Seasonal Fruits and Vegan Desserts at Longhorn Steakhouse
The best way to get yourself some fresh fruits and fun smoothies are to pace through the kids’ menu. Talking about smoothies, ask the waiter whether they use vegan milk or not. You could also go for crushed ice cubes to have a thicker and vegan version of it.
- Red Seedless Grapes
- Banana Berry Smoothie
Vegan Chips/ Fries and Shareable Starters at Longhorn Steakhouse
Talking about the Seasoned French Fries at Longhorn Steakhouse, thank your stars as they do not fry them in animal oil. Longhorn Steakhouse has mentioned in their allergen information brochure that they have been and will always use soybean oil to fry their potatoes.
- House Made Kettle Chips
- Brew Pub Pretzel Sticks
Steps to Get the Vegan Version of the Dish You Wish
Being vegan is hard, especially questioning and researching each and every ingredient you are confronted with. When you are cooking at home, you have the freedom to customize your meals as much as possible with almost zero restrictions.
When you are out and about, looking for a vegan-friendly restaurant is not an easy task. On top of that, making sure everything you order has to be vegan is a whole another challenge. So, we will show you how to be specific yet fast at conveying to the waiter what is mentioned on the menu and how you would prefer the meal.
- Go through the menu and look out for any vegan signs next to the dishes.
- If the dish that you want does not come under vegan, talk to the waiter.
- You can either ask them to explain how the dish is made or directly tell them if a potential swap of ingredients is possible or not.
- If you are left with no option, just tap into your cooking senses and start to plan out your meal, like you would do at home.
- Order basic side dishes with a bowl of rice or pasta. Select the required sauce and make your own meal.
Ummm… definitely not a go-to fast food restaurant out there. Imagine you are hungry as hell and can’t seem to find a vegan restaurant, that is exactly when you stop by Longhorn Steakhouse.
Although being a steak restaurant, we were impressed by the variety of veggies they offered. You will need to hop on the kids’ menu to take full advantage of all the fruits and fruit smoothies. All in all, Longhorn Steakhouse is an excellent place to snack on vegan stuff but do not expect a full meal.