Fast food chains are beginning to offer plant-based options. Burger King just began testing a whopper with the vegan Impossible patty and places like White Castle and Red Robin are joining. Chick-Fil-A is another very popular fast food chain restaurant. They’re known for their chicken sandwiches and therefore aren’t exactly veg-friendly. However, they may be looking for a way to begin incorporating plant-based foods into their menu. They recently decided to test out a healthy, vegan side dish: the Kale Crunch Side.
The new side dish is made with a blend of curly kale and green cabbage, topped with salted, crunchy almonds and an Apple Dijon Dressing. The restaurant recommends that diners order it alongside their typical chicken-based dishes, but some people might still appreciate a healthy, plant-based option on the menu even if it is just a small side salad.
It’s currently being tested at the Orlando, Daytona, Space Coast, and Gainesville, Florida; Eastern Iowa; and Tyler-Longview, Texas locations. Chick-fil-A will then review feedback and decide whether or not to roll out the salad nationwide.
Make Your Own Homemade Vegan ‘Fast Food’!
You can always make your very own homemade vegan versions of classic fast foods. The Food Monster App can help! Check out these three recipes and see for yourself:
1. Spicy Fried ‘Chicken’ Sandwich
Source: Spicy Fried ‘Chicken’ Sandwich
Crispy, crunchy, spicy, and reminiscent of something you would order in a fast food joint. The patty in Melanie Sorrentino‘s Spicy Fried ‘Chicken’ Sandwich is made from vital wheat gluten that has been cooked in vegan chicken broth, then dredged and fried in a spicy batter until crisp and golden. Serve this crispy patty with your favorite greens and a creamy sauce that’s addictively spicy.
2. Crispy Tofu Nuggets
Source: Crispy Tofu Nuggets
Attila Hildmann‘s Crispy Tofu Nuggets are a vegan twist on a traditional favorite and beat the fast food variety any day. If you don’t want to deep fry them, you can also fry them in a skillet until golden brown. The curry ketchup is a unique dipping sauce that packs a punch and perfectly complements the dish. It also goes great with your morning tofu scramble eggs!
3. Herb and Garlic Massaged Kale Salad
To enjoy Meredith Youngson‘s Herb and Garlic Massaged Kale Salad ahead of time, massage the kale and add everything but the nutritional yeast/parmesan and nuts. When ready to serve, add the final touches and toss.
We also highly recommend downloading our Food Monster App, which is available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 15,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to new recipes every day. Check it out!
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