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Not-Chicken Salad

Who says you can’t be Vegan and still eat Chicken Salad? I used to love eating tuna, ham or chicken salad sandwiches. Something about the mayonnaise-y consistency of the filling, the crunch of the celery and the flavors of the spices made for one tasty sandwich. I now enjoy my sandwiches sans the meat, but still full of flavor.

Creating something Vegan to mimic a non-Vegan food is always a challenge for me. For this Chicken Salad Face Off I wanted to find a great Seitan chicken in order to mimic the chicken consistency as much as possible. I went for West Soy because they offer so many different options – you can find a pre-seasoned chicken style or plain seitan in strips, cubes or ground. I went for the strips because I wasn’t sure if I wanted a chunky chicken salad or if I wanted to chop it up finer. Choose the brand and seitan style you like the best – I ended up chopping up my strips and eating the chicken salad in lettuce wraps, but can see how the strips may hold up better in a wrap or on bread.

Not-Chicken Salad Ingredients Not-Chicken Salad Dressing

Once I finalized what my base chicken/seitan was going to be the rest came together easy – Vegan mayo, lemon juice, celery and little red pepper for kick and I was done. This was my first time making Vegan Chicken Salad, ever, but it was much easier to mimic than I originally expected. Now, who knows how to Veganize Tuna Salad??

Not-Chicken SaladNot-Chicken Salad

2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 cup Vegan mayonnaise
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)
3 1/2 cups Seitan (strips, diced or ground)
1 cup finely diced celery

  1. Combine lemon juice, mayonnaise, salt and crushed red pepper and whisk together well.
  2. Toss mayonnaise mixture with seitan and celery.

Serve on bread or wrapped up in lettuce.

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