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Chick-fil-A Tests Fried Cauliflower Sandwiches in Greensboro, North Carolina, and Charleston

The new vegetarian-friendly creation resembles the original Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich

Fried cauliflower on a bun.
It kind of looks like chicken.
Erin Perkins is the editor of Eater Carolinas, covering the food and restaurant scene across North and South Carolina.

On Monday, February 13, the controversial fried chicken chain Chick-fil-A will begin to test a fried cauliflower sandwich in Greensboro, North Carolina, Denver, and Charleston. The creation is a marinated and breaded hunk of “tender filet cut from a whole, real cauliflower” on a bun with two dill pickle chips. The result looks very similar to the original Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich.

According to Leslie Neslage, director of menu and packaging at Chick-fil-A, customers were asking for more vegetables and “a plant-forward entrée that tasted uniquely Chick-fil-A,” so after four years of research, this is what the fast-food giant came up with — a big hunk of cruciferous vegetable between some buttered-up buns.

Will vegetarians go for this? The sandwich is not vegan, as it involves eggs and dairy. Right now, Chick-fil-A offers a smattering of salads and waffle fries for non-meat eaters. The three test markets will determine if the cauliflower sandwich goes nationwide.