Favorite Vegetarian Dishes at WDW

You don’t have to be a vegetarian to appreciate and enjoy vegetarian dishes around Walt Disney World. I remember as a former vegetarian years ago visiting the parks and being given the options of veggie burger, fries, or salad. We didn’t do much table service when I was younger, as we wanted to spend as much time as possible on attractions. That, and pretty much everyone else was fine with hockey puck burgers and chicken nuggets. 😉

I’ve been on a bit of a mission to find awesome vegetarian dishes around property, and the past year I’ve found some top-notch ones (I’m limiting this list to items from the past year as menus change). Some are entrees, and some are appetizers that could eat as a meal for one. I’ve tried to stay away from more snack-like items. Ready to look around? Let’s go!

Downtown Disney:

Raglan Road is always a great time, with delicious food, an amazing sangria made with Magner’s cider, and fun entertainment. One of the items on their appetizer menu, the Tart Art, is a rich combination of asparagus and goat cheese with garden peas, leeks, and lemon oil dressed arugula.

Raglan Road’s Tart Art

Resorts:

At Beaches & Cream at the Yacht & Beach Club, comfort food is the name of the game. The classic grilled cheese and tomato soup is tweaked for tomato bisque with a six-cheese blend on sourdough bread. Flavors are familiar but a bit more complex in this version.

Beaches & Cream’s Grilled Cheese and Tomato Bisque

Pop Century’s Everything Pop has several flatbreads to choose from, but straying from your typical cheese or pepperoni is the Mediterranean Flatbread. While it does in fact come topped with chicken, it can be ordered without. Then, the peppers, artichoke hearts, olive tapenade, onions and feta can take center stage.

everything-pop-mediterranean-flatbread-closeEverything Pop’s Mediterranean Flatbread (order it without chicken)

If you’re a fan of quinoa, Beach Club Marketplace’s Quinoa Vegetable Wrap is for you. Lots of quinoa and vegetables including lettuce, eggplant, and zucchini fill a soft wrap and are served with a side of house-made chips.

beach-club-marketplace-quinoa-vegetable-wrap-crossBeach Club Marketplace’s Quinoa Vegetable Wrap

On a recent trip to Contempo Cafe, I tried this Roasted Curry Vegetable Salad. The price was right at $6.69, and there is easily enough food for two tucked inside the bowl. Flavors are bold without being overpowering, greens are dressed perfectly, and dried cherries add a pop of sweetness to this savory salad. It truly eats like a meal.

contempo-cafe-menu-roasted-curry-vegetable-saladContempo Cafe’s Roasted Curry Vegetable Salad

The best falafel I’ve had on property comes from Beaches Pool Bar at the Grand Floridian. Served with three dipping sauces, these crispy-on-the-outside fritters have a smooth interior. With six golf-ball sized pieces per order, they make for a great snack when shared or can satiate a light hunger as meal.

beaches-pool-bar-and-grill-falafel-fritters-closeBeaches Pool Bar & Grill’s Falafel Fritters

Magic Kingdom:

Another recent taste for me was Columbia Harbour House’s Lighthouse Sandwich. With Matt often wanting to stop in for the Anchor’s Aweigh Sandwich (tuna salad), I now have a new favorite go-to with its hearty bread, hummus and broccoli slaw.

columbia-harbour-house-lighthouse-sandwichColumbia Harbour House’s Lighthouse Sandwich

Epcot:

Found on both the adult and kids menus, the Vegetarian Flatbread at Electric Umbrella is not just marinara and cheese. Instead, flavors are layered with a tomato pesto base topped with mushrooms, feta cheese and arugula. The kids portion (below) is half of the size of the adult’s version and comes with two sides and a beverage.

electric-umbrella-kids-vegetarian-flatbreadElectric Umbrella’s Vegetarian Flatbread

In Norway, head to Kringla Bakeri og Kafe for the Vegetable Souffle. It’s not much to look at, but its combination of  roasted mushrooms, spinach, potatoes, Jarlsberg and Muenster cheese is wonderfully savory and filling without being heavy.

kringla-bakeri-og-cafe-vegetable-souffle-2Kringla Bakeri og Kafe’s Vegetable Souffle

Cheese fans should head to La Cantina de San Angel in Mexico for the Empanadas de Queso. These fried corn masa empanadas are filled with mild, melty Chihuahua cheese and topped with crumbled queso fresco and salsa verde. Ask for some pico de gallo or grab some sauces from the condiment station for some extra kick for your tortilla chips.

la-cantina-de-san-angel-empanadas-de-quesoLa Cantina de San Angel’s Empanadas de Queso

Animal Kingdom:

Tucked on the walkway between Harambe and Asia you’ll find Mr. Kamal’s. The menu recently had a revamp and now serves two fantastic dishes: Samosa and a Falafel Sandwich. The samosa are packed with a nicely-seasoned potato and pea filling and served with a sweet mango chutney.

mr-kamals-samosasMr. Kamal’s Samosa

The falafel here are different than the aforementioned fritters, but still pack a lot of flavor and are well executed in their own right.

mr-kamals-falafel-sandwich-closeMr. Kamal’s Falafel Sandwich

Hollywood Studios:

Another shout out to fellow cheese fans, 50’s Prime Time Cafe (and adjacent Tune-In Lounge) has this delicious Fried Herb and Garlic Cheese appetizer. It was a fan favorite that disappeared and then returned. The fried Boursin cheese is accompanied by apple slices, baguette, and grapes.

50s-Prime-Time-Cafe-Fried-Herb-and-Garlic-Cheese50′s Prime Time Cafe’s Fried Herb and Garlic Cheese

I’m sure there are many of you out there who have other favorites that I may or may not have covered either here or on the blog. What are some I should keep an eye out for? Which are your favorites? Let us know in the comments!

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19 responses to “Favorite Vegetarian Dishes at WDW

  1. You’ve hit many of my favorites here! It’s cold where I am today, and I’d give anything for that tomato bisque & grilled cheese from Beaches & Cream! I can’t wait to try the new Samosas- they look delicious.

  2. Glad to hear that I hit some of faves for you! I’m sure you’ll enjoy the samosa!

  3. Love this post! I can’t wait to try the new items at Mr. Kamal’s in a few weeks!!! 🙂

  4. Thank you! I’m sure you’ll enjoy Kamal’s. I grabbed the food and headed to the seating area behind Tamu for pics and tasting. 🙂

  5. Wow! Those all look good. I’m glad to see so many items that aren’t cheese platters 🙂

  6. Thanks Nora! I’ve been trying to pay attention to more filling items. While I love a good cheese plate, I can’t make a meal off the amount that comes on one! 😉

  7. I have missed the fried cheese at 50’s Prime Time too many times. It’s a must do on my next trip for sure!

  8. All very tasty!

    Two of my most favourite vegetarian meals at Disney can be found in Future World at Epcot!

    First is a wonderful quick service option at Sunshine Seasons in the Land building – “Vegan Orange Chicken”. It’s a faux meat chicken – battered in nuggets & fried, covered with delicious gooey mandarin orange sauce and can be served alongside the vegetable lo mein. Man, it is good!

    Another is at the Coral Reef table service restaurant in the Living Seas – another faux meat – “Gardein Chik’n Breast” with thai-ish curried noodles & vegetables. Fabulous options, both!

  9. V – At least find some time at Tune-In if you don’t have time for a full meal at 50’s! 🙂

    Jasmine – I’ve had hit and miss experiences with Gardein’s faux meat, but both are great options for those who are looking for the protein punch they offer! The Coral Reef’s dish sounds especially nice. 🙂

  10. I love it that Disney offers some decent vegetarian options! A falafel sandwich is always a classic, but it’s so nice to have some options. I eat meat, but I love good vegetarian food anyway.

  11. Ellen – I too eat meat, but it’s great to find dishes that showcase other ingredients so you don’t even really notice you’re missing it! 🙂

  12. You have several of my favorites listed but there are a few that I really need to try out. We haven’t visited Raglan Road yet. That needs to change asap 🙂

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  14. Oh my gosh, these look amazing! I’ve never had the veggie souffle at Kringla, but I think I need to find a way to fit that in during our Food & Wine trip. Yum!

  15. Totally! If you like breakfast foods, check out their brunch on Sundays. Best of both worlds since you can order from their regular menu too! 🙂

  16. You so should! Not much more expensive than a F&W option and more meal-like. Bring some friends if you want to keep hitting the kiosks though! 😉

  17. Veggie tempura at Tokyo dining and the salad with sesame dressing. I also love their Udon noodle bowl at the counter service place but think the broth might be fish based? The veggie version of the noodles at Kona are also delicious. I’m planning a dinner at Flying Fish and hoping they’ll make a vegetarian option–the food looks amazing.

  18. Hmm – I’m not sure if the udon broth contains animal products. For those who are strict vegetarians or have food allergies, always ask to talk to a chef/manager and to see the ingredient book to review. That should provide the most up-to-date information regarding recipes being used. Flying Fish Cafe does have some vegetarian options (be sure to verify) on the regular menu between appetizers and sides, as well as a pasta entree. You can see our review from June here! The menu also changes on occasion, so there may be some new options on your visit! 🙂

  19. thank you! I am really excited to try it.