Black Quinoa Bowl salad at Coralli restaurant, located at the Ritz-Carlton hotel.
Many restaurants in the Turks and Caicos offer vegetarian dishes, and a much smaller selection offers vegan options. It’s undeniable that the Turks and Caicos isn’t the best destination for plant-based dishes! A consolation is that many restaurants are happy to create vegetarian versions of many of their dishes upon request.
As an arid tropical archipelago, the Turks and Caicos doesn’t have a strong agricultural industry, and there isn’t much produce that is grown locally. Providenciales is home to one hydroponic farm that grows tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, and sprouts. Likewise, a few upscale resorts have small hydroponic gardens to raise herbs and greens. The island of North Caicos has long been the garden island of the country, and has a few farms that grow peppers, tomatoes, legumes, papaya, squash, and sweet potatoes. Due to the limited agriculture in Turks and Caicos, nearly all produce is imported into the country from the United States.
Salads, Veggie Burgers, and More
Roasted buttermilk pumpkin salad, by Zest restaurant at Wymara resort.
For salads, a great option is simply the self-serve salad bar at the Graceway Gourmet supermarket, located in central Grace Bay. The salad bar is stocked with dozens of types of fresh greens, vegetables, fruits, nuts, cheeses, and dressings, and salads are sold by weight.
For those seeking a vegetarian burger, Big Al’s Island Grill serves a black bean burger, a veggie burger, and a portabella mushroom burger, and they also offer a grilled veggie panini, an arugula salad, and a Caprese salad as well.
Thai Orchid, located at the Regent Village in Grace Bay, has a menu that includes several vegetarian dishes, with a steamed vegetable salad, spicy tofu, vegetable curry, and more. Turks Kebab, also in Grace Bay, is a Mediterranean restaurant with some salads and appetizers that are free of meat. Bay Bistro, Solana, Baci Ristorante, and Mango Reef all also have very wide menus, which have some vegetarian choices as well.
For guests staying at a vacation villa, another option that works well for those with dietary and food concerns is to arrange the services of a private chef. Providenciales is home to many talented chefs, and dishes can be created to conform exactly with vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free needs.