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Alaska Airlines Adds New Vegan, Gluten-friendly Options Onboard

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Alaska Airlines has consistently been recognized for providing some of the most extensive food and beverage options across its flights. Alaska’s generous meal policies in both the premium cabin and for-sale items in the main cabin have long been a gold standard in the airline industry, and the airline is now adding additional gluten-friendly, plant-based, and vegan meal options to its onboard menu.

“Soy Meets World”

Alaska is adding a new salad concept for purchase onboard, appropriately named “Soy Meets World.” This salad is in partnership with a company called Evergreens which specializes in healthy and fresh salads.

The Soy Meets World salad includes “roasted broccoli, fresh cucumber slices, pickled carrots, fried tofu and brown rice served over a bed of crisp romaine and baby lettuce greens, topped with roasted cashews, fried onions, and paired with a Tamari chili-lime dressing,” according to Alaska Airlines.

The new Soy Meets World salad on Alaska Airlines. Image Credit: Alaska Airlines

“We’re thrilled to offer our guests more healthy and nutritious choices when they fly with us,” said Todd Traynor-Corey, managing director of guest products. “We built our menu thoughtfully to offer more plant-based, vegan and gluten-free options, which include a range of fresh, bright flavors inspired by the West Coast and ingredients that are authentically healthy by nature such as roasted broccoli, crisp romaine and baby lettuce greens, quinoa, fresh fruit and more.”

Alaska’s Plentiful Onboard Food

For any flight over 550 miles, Alaska offers 3 options for a meal in the premium cabin, usually consisting of 2 snack items, such as a sandwich or salad, and then the Alaska Signature Fruit and Cheese plate, featuring Beecher’s Cheese from Seattle.

If you’re seated in the main cabin on a flight over 223 miles, you can order a snack such as a Mediterranean Tapas Pack which is vegan and gluten-free.

For flights over 1,100 miles, Alaska offers a choice of 3 options as well, with 1 of the 3 usually being a vegetarian option, along with an appetizer and dessert. If you’re seated in the main cabin on any meal-eligible flight, you’ll be able to preorder your fresh food to be served at your seat. Alaska has a unique system where you can preorder before your flight and your card will be charged when your meal is received on board.

Alaska is also incorporating more fresh, seasonal ingredients in these foods, such as berries, summer squash, corn, citrus, and tomatoes.

Final Thoughts

Alaska Airlines will be offering more vegan and gluten-free meals onboard in order to serve diverse customer requests and tastes. You’ll be able to preorder the new Soy Meets World salad on meal-eligible flights, offering a fresh and tasty meal 30,000 feet up in the air.

About James Larounis

James (Jamie) started The Forward Cabin blog to educate readers about points, miles, and loyalty programs. He’s spoken at Princeton University and The New York Times Travel Show and has been quoted in dozens of travel publications.


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