Here’s any easy and delicious vegan Buffalo chicken salad with all the lively textures and flavors of the familiar “Buffalo” composition. Vegan butter and hot sauce envelop plant-based chicken, which then nestles on a simple lettuce, carrot, and celery salad.
The Buffalo treatment has gotten to be a familiar formula — wings cooked in a combination of butter and Frank’s® hot sauce, served alongside raw carrots and celery with a creamy dressing, usually ranch.
In the plant-based world, the wings are made from some sort of plant protein (there are even plant-based wings!). Cauliflower “wings” have gotten to be quite popular, too, though they’re not a protein source.
For this recipe, we’ll keep things easy with packaged plant-based chick’n. You can now find vegan chicken in most any well-stocked supermarket or natural foods store, as well as online sources. For ideas on brands, see 12 Plant-Based Chicken Alternatives to Look for on Your Next Shopping Trip.
Recipe is from Plant-Powered Protein by Nava Atlas. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky, BittersweetBlog.com.
- Bottled or homemade Vegan Ranch Dressing (find link for recipe in Notes)
- 1 medium head romaine or other dark green lettuce, thinly sliced
- 1 cup grated carrots
- 2 large or 3 medium celery stalks, thinly sliced
- 1 scallion, thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoons vegan butter
- 1 tablespoon (more or less to taste) Frank’s® or similar hot sauce
- 8- to 11-ounce package plant-based chick’n, cut into thin slices or bite-sized pieces
- If you’re making your own vegan ranch, do so first and set aside.
- Combine the lettuce, carrots, celery, and scallion in a large shallow serving bowl and toss together. Add enough dressing to coat generously and toss again.
- Heat the butter and hot sauce together in a medium skillet. Add the chick’n and sauté over medium-high heat, stirring often, until golden and crisp on most sides, about 8 to 10 minutes
- Arrange the chick’n over the salad vegetables and serve at once, passing around remaining dressing to drizzle over individual servings.
Bottled ranch dressing isn’t always easy to find, so here’s a recipe for homemade Vegan Ranch Dressing or Dip.
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