There’s absolutely no reason to use actual bird to make the classic chopped chicken salad. Making it a vegan chick’n salad is the kinder way to go!
Chicken salad — whether on a sandwich or mounded on greens — is an American classic. But with so many plant-based chicken alternatives on the market, there are many ways to recreate this classic.
Of course, you can use baked tofu instead of vegan chick’n. It will be just as tasty, though many of the latter have a more meaty, chewy texture. Go with one that’s on the simpler side — that is, no breading or special seasoning. See 12 options for plant-based chicken alternatives here.
For this batch, I used Improved Nature® Prime Slices. This product has exactly one ingredient — soy protein — and cooks up to a meaty texture that omnivores, especially, will appreciate. See more about Improved Nature® products, which are economical, high protein, and contain almost no sodium.
Once the plant-based Prime Slices were fully cooked and cooled, I chopped them up finely in a food processor, creating a perfect texture. And since they’re quite neutral, they absorbed the flavors of the other ingredients quite nicely.
Enjoy this chopped chick’n salad on a bed of salad greens, or dollop onto fresh bread lined with dark green lettuce or baby arugula and sliced tomatoes. You can also combine this with lots of chopped leafy greens for an easy wrap.
[Full disclosure — I was sent Improved Nature’s products to sample, but this is NOT a sponsored post. Opinions are my own.]
- 8 to 10 ounces vegan chick’n or baked tofu (see Note)
- 2 celery stalks, finely diced
- 1 scallion, thinly sliced, or a few chives, minced
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill, or 1 teaspoon dried
- 1/2 cup vegan mayonnaise
- 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon all-purposed seasoning blend (like Mrs. Dash) or poultry seasoning
- Salt and freshly ground pepper to tasted
- 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
- 1 tablespoon sweet pickle relish
- Place the vegan chick’n or baked tofu in a food processor. Pulse on and off until finely chopped. Don’t overdo it!
- Transfer to a mixing bowl and add rest of the ingredients, including the optional nutritional yeast and/or pickle relish.
- Mix well. If time allows, let stand for a few minutes to allow the flavors to blend. Serve on a sandwich (open-faced or with both slices) or dollop onto a green salad.
If you use an Improved Nature® product, as I did in this recipe, 8 to 10 ounces is the cooked weight you'd use, as the product comes in dehydrated form. To explore other plant-based chicken options, see 12 Plant-Based Chicken Alternatives.
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