Review: Veggie Delite from Subway

Eating healthy is all the rage now.ย  Actually, viewing the shoppers on my last trip to Walmart seems to contradict that last statement, but nevertheless, eating healthy is somewhat popular. When it comes to being health conscious and eating fast food, one chain reigns supreme; Subway. After dating lots of vegetarians and being addicted to Yahoo Answers food section a few years ago, it seems that the Veggie Delite is a favorite offering for those with moral and or glandular issues. All jokes aside, this did get me wondering if the largest sub chain on earth can deliver flavor without adding a massive amount calories. So is the Veggie Delite healthalicious? Yes, that’s a word. If Subway can make up words like “Delite”, so can I.

The Veggie Delite is described like this:

Crispy, crunchy and classically delicious. The Veggie Deliteยฎ is tangible proof that a sandwich can be high in flavor without being high in fat. Try a delicious combination of lettuce, tomatoes, green peppers, black olives and onions with your choice of fat-free condiments on freshly baked bread. Default nutritional values are based on the standard 6″ sub recipe.

Yes, the lawyers had to throw the last part in to avoid lawsuits from mayo lovers. I had my Veggie Delite with everything plant-based plus Jack cheese on Italian Herbs and Cheese bread. It was a footlong so I put mustard on half and lite mayo and vinegar on the other.ย  This was the definition of “meh”.The Veggie Delite is a straight up lackluster salad sandwich. No more and no less. Farm to mouth, everything from the spinach to the bread tasted as if they were made by people who hate their job in beijing. From the onions and tomatoes to the stock pickled jalapenos, everything was perfect blah.

Unripe and old produce is not a good combination. Suck all the love out of food and this is what you get. The mustard won over lite mayo and I can’t for the life of me think of anything else to say about this sub, so there you go. It’s for the best anyway.

The first time I had Subway was 22 years ago. I had just moved to Southern California and after picking me up from school, my mom surprised me with a post lunch-lunch; a Subway Club on white with lettuce, tomato and mayo, and it was awesome. Though unlike the Big Mac, this did not turn into a life long love affair. To me Subway just hasn’t held up over the years. Everything, especially the bread, tastes much lower quality than I remember. Either it really is lower quality or I have just outgrown Subway and my palate has moved on. Just like my beloved Ninja Turtles toys… wait… I still love those. Hmm…

Pros: It is pretty healthy. If your greatest fear is flavor, this is the sub for you. The Turtle van. The flip out turret on the Turtle Van.

Cons: This could be so much better. Why didn't the Subway falafel go nationwide? The bread gets worse every time I visit Subway.

Taste: 4.75/10
Value: 7.25/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 2.00/10
Price: $5.00 footlong

Overall GrubGrade: 4.75/10

Nutrition Facts:
customized, see Subway nutrition

34 comments on “Review: Veggie Delite from Subway

  1. Thomas says:

    I was hoping to see a review about the Veggie Pattie from Subway. I have no cluewhat the name is, it is on the middle menu a price bracket above this just veggie variety.

    I mean just veggies on a bun isn’t very interesting.

    • Chefprotoss says:

      My opinion on the veggie patty is that it tastes like a super crappy veggie burger. I love veggie burgers too, so take that in context. I would like to know what others think though.

      • Robert says:

        It tastes like a mediocre veggie patty — but I love mediocre veggie patties. It’s the only thing I get at Subway, because I don’t like slimy lunchmeat or microwaved chicken.

        Best veggie burger I’ve ever had in my entire life was at a restaurant named Bandera in Chicago. It’s the second-best sandwich I’ve ever had in my entire life.

  2. Forrest Gump says:

    “Everything, especially the bread, tastes much lower quality than I remember.”

    You’re not the only one! Subway used to be good, in the old days of the V-cut. What they’re peddling now is an abomination.

  3. Manavee says:

    Subway is terrible. However, I recently tried the falafel sandwich they are advertising in certain markets and I didnt find it half bad. So, you might want to try that if you are looking for a vegetarian option.

    • Chefprotoss says:

      Hmm… I read about the falafel a couple years ago and they were only doing it at the like 7 halal subways that were around at the time. Thanks for brightening my morning there buddy =)

      • Manavee says:

        I should add an important caveat: I had never had a falafel sandwich before the one I had at Subway. So, for all I know, Subway’s falafel is an abomination relative to other falafel sandwiches.

        I enjoyed it, though…..especially compared to the Veggie De Lite and the veggie patty.

    • Hey Everyone! We saw the discussion you guys were having regarding SUBWAY and the vegetarian options and thought this was a great opportunity for us to reply to some of your comments. First of all, we are so happy that some of you have tried our Falafel Sandwich, good or bad comments we appreciate all feedback. We are currently in all of Illinois and in some parts of north-west Indiana and are currently also working on expanding to other markets. If you would like to continue the support, be sure to “Like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Tell US where you want to see Falafel next!!

  4. Lindsay says:

    I want a turkey sub now. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Jonathan Corriere says:

    I usually get the tuna, and just saw at my local Subway here in NJ that the $5 Footlong of March is Jalepeno Tuna, which isn’t special to me because I always get Jalepeno on my Tuna sub. Other than that I totally agree about that Falafel would be a great addition to subway in the US for Vegetarians.

  6. Crysta says:

    I’m not surprised the Veggie Delite sucks. Subways vegetables suck. ๐Ÿ˜€

    I remember Subway being good at one point, and the Subways we had on base in South Korea were actually pretty decent. Lately though, even my favorite subs are lackluster. ๐Ÿ™

    Quiznos is better, but Quiznos also costs more (usually).

  7. Keith says:

    “To me Subway just hasnโ€™t held up over the years. Everything, especially the bread, tastes much lower quality than I remember.”

    I have thought about this, and I’ve concluded that nothing about Subway has really changed fundamentally. I ate at Subway a lot as a teenager in the 90’s. But my tastes have changed a lot since then too. I know my opinion started changing when I first tried Quizno’s, which undoubtedly has sacrificed quality in recent years, and to a larger extend more independent hoagie shops. Subway’s bread, though fresh baked, tastes artificial but had a leg up on competition back then because they had no real competition using fresh rolls. They were simply a healthy alternative to burger joints.

    Today, excluding the aforementioned Quizno’s, there’s Jimmy John’s, Jersey Mike’s, Blimpie and Mr. Subb along with many regional and local places. Subway’s current business model clearly isn’t to compete on quality, but price – which, as far as I can tell, can’t be beat. But like most things, you get what you pay for and quite simply you can’t sell 5-dollar-footlongs with high quality meat and bread.

    • Scrape says:

      They had changed the bread recipes a number of years back(especially their regular white bread) and no longer mix the dough in the store. It comes in frozen and pre-formed into rolls that they just throw it in the proofer and then the oven to bake. They also used to prep fresh vegetables in the store, now, the just open plastic bags and dump the veggies in. “Eat Fresh” just isn’t that fresh anymore.

  8. Brian says:

    yes…when they got rid of the v-cut they jumped the shark IMO.

  9. M86 says:

    Funny, I just had Subway for lunch, and had the same thought about the bread. I don’t get Subway very often, so I’m not sure when they changed it, but the bread is definitely crappy compared to what they had in the past.

  10. Bunny says:

    I had subway last night and the bread has gotten so small I don’t think it could get any smaller. It tasted more like a veggie delight and not like a subway club ๐Ÿ™

  11. Mitchery says:

    I’m with ya on voting nay for subway. I feel like there is something wrong with me every time I eat there, like I lost all my ability to taste. To me all of the products are like tofu, all texture. That’s why I tell them to pile on the chipotle mayo anytime I go. The rest is pretty much filler for me.

  12. Vanessa says:

    C’mon now, I love Subway! I always get the veggie delight on wheat, pepperjack cheese, and sweet onion sauce. I like it!! I remember as a child I would always get the meatball with cheese and with extra Mayo! Eek!!

  13. Rusty Shackleford says:

    All the Subways I’ve been at tend to have very fresh vegetables. The only time I see them like in the article pictures is if I leave half the sandwich out overnight because I can’t eat it.. anyway, I like Subway. The tuna is disgusting, but everything else tastes good.

  14. Sherm says:

    I think it has to do with who owns the franchise. There are glaring differences between some of the locations I’ve been to. Different amounts and quality of ingredients, different prices, food-handling policies, etc. I went to Subway last week and the guy in front of me was charged $5 extra for more meat on his footlong sub. If you go to a good one owned by someone who cares about the product they’re serving, you can get a good meal at Subway. If you don’t, it can be one of the worst experiences in all of fast food.

  15. George says:

    Pretty much all of the Subways near me have very good owners who have much better vegetables than in the pictures. I’ve had a couple gas station/truck stop Subways that weren’t quite as good. I’m still a big fan of Subway when I can get one of my faves for $5.

  16. Jenne says:

    I guess it helps if you live in an agricultural area like we do.. the Veggie is one of my faves. I have with everything plant based except onions and green peppers, and have the fat free honey mustard dressing and provolone cheese…and the footlong is still under 500 calories.

  17. kikurage says:

    “lackluster salad sandwich” is a great expression. I am laughing.
    I have just understand it by watching two pictures.

  18. TxJen82 says:

    I get the veggie delite on a fairly regular basis–probably almost once a week. I usually get the flatbread toasted with pepperjack cheese and lettuce, tomatoes, lots of red onions and green peppers, and the chipotle southwest sauce. The sauce makes it not-as-good-for-you, but it’s worth it!

  19. Erin Jax says:

    I remember trying to like the veggie sub at Subway during a brief flirtation with vegetarianism in high school. The first one was ok, but by sub #3, I realized two things: all veggie subs aren’t good, and I could never be a vegetarian.

    p.s. loved the review, but Lightroom, my friend. LIGHTROOM! ๐Ÿ˜€

  20. jamesela says:

    Two things I absolutely miss from yester-year Subway: V cut and cheese ON TOP. Seems petty, but you just can’t enjoy a topping heavy sub in the current sandwich-taco format…plus, cheese on top provided a nice barrier between the meatballs (in a meatball sub) and my hands/lap.

  21. Scrape says:

    Ewww. Back in the day when they used to prep fresh produce in the store and actually MADE the bread there instead of opening a bag for the produce and just heating up the bread, this might have been actually good. But now, you’re likely to spend some serious time on the can after eating there, and lately, even the smell of their “bread” baking makes me nauseous. I used to love Subway…but no more for me. Potbelly, WaWa or Wegmans are the only chain subs I will partake anymore.