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Red Robin Is Launching These Two New Menu Items This Spring

You can now go plant-based with your favorite orders!
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Red Robin is ready to embrace the cauliflower craze. For a limited time this spring, this chain restaurant is adding two new cauliflower-centric items to its menu: cauliflower "wings" and a cauliflower-crust pizza.

The new "wings" offer a plant-based alternative to traditional chicken wings. This item features breaded cauliflower florets paired with the customers' choice of sauce and its garnishes, which include Buzz, Island Heat, Banzai, or Whiskey River BBQ (although you can also order them plain).

The cauliflower pizza is part of Red Robin's new partnership with Donatos Pizza, which is made and served at select locations. You'll now be able to swap in the cauliflower crust option for a limited time.

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So what spurred Red Robin to embrace these healthier menu items? The chain decided to conduct a survey that showed consumers are willing to add more veggies to their plates, but the options to do so are lagging at restaurants.

Based on the results, as many as three-quarters of adults who used to dislike veggies now love them, with broccoli, spinach, asparagus, avocado, and cauliflower being the top veggies they warmed to over the years. It was also apparent that those who hesitate to add more veggies into their diets do so because it can be harder to make vegetables taste good at home and it isn't always easy finding restaurants that have tasty plant-based options.

"Our new cauliflower-focused limited-time menu offerings showcase that vegetables are more versatile than ever," said Jonathan Muhtar, Red Robin Executive Vice President & Chief Concept Officer. "Whether the guest is an existing cauliflower fan or looking to experience something new, we encourage our guests to gather around our table, or theirs, and try our new cauliflower offerings while they last."

Of course, diners seeking a healthy meal should be mindful of these options. An order of the cauliflower wings clocks in at 970 to 1,070 calories depending on the sauce, plus 41 to 70 grams of fat, 550 to 1,890 milligrams of sodium, and 11 to 41 grams of sugar. Meanwhile, a 10-inch plain pizza with cauliflower crust has 960 calories, 45 grams of fat, and 1,110 milligrams of sodium. Both are better-for-you options when enjoyed in moderation.

The cauliflower wings and cauliflower crust pizzas are available at participating locations for dine-in, takeout, and delivery. And don't forget to sign up for our newsletter to get the latest restaurant news delivered straight to your inbox.

Paige Bennett
Paige is a Los Angeles-based editor and freelance writer. In addition to writing for Eat This, Not That!, she works as the content editor for Inhabitat. Read more