Fake It Till You Make It: Chicken Salad Goes Vegan

As Back To School week draws to a close, we can’t step away from the lunch boxes just yet without tackling a lunch time classic: the chicken salad sandwich. Some of our favorite recipes are those that take the old standards and make them vegetarian & vegan friendly. There’s nothing quite as delicious as cruelty-free ingredients! Mmmmm!

Kim from C’est La Vegan came up with this clever vegan twist on the time-honored chicken salad, and we’re thinking it looks so tasty, we might have to take an early lunch break! This sandwich will please both kids and adults, featuring savory faux-chicken (use marinated tofu if you don’t like fake meats), crunchy walnuts and sweet, juicy grapes. We’re hard pressed to think of a better way to turn a brown bag lunch into something infinitely more classy.

“Chicken” Salad Sandwich
8 oz. Morning Star Chik’n Strips, or other chicken substitute
1 – 2 Tablespoons Fresh tarragon, minced
1 Cup Toasted walnuts*, chopped
1 Cup Grapes (red, green or both), halved if large
1/2 Cup Earth Balance® MindfulMayo™
1/2 Teaspoon Sea salt
Bread slices
Butter or bibb lettuce

Prepare “chicken”, let pieces cool and then chop. Toss the “chicken” with the tarragon, walnuts, grapes and salt. Add a 1/4 cup Earth Balance® MindfulMayo™ and mix everything together. If you prefer less spread, add the additional 1/4 by tablespoon increments until it reaches your desired level of creaminess. Chill mixture and serve on toasted bread with lettuce.

*To toast walnuts, place on sheet pan in a 350 degree oven. Bake for 10 minutes or until fragrant, rotating tray and stirring halfway through baking time.

Kim notes: You could also use another chicken substitute like Gardein or seitan. If you’re a fan of celery, it would work really well here too. Dice the pieces to roughly same size as other ingredients and mix.

Thanks for sharing this tasty sammich with us Kim! For more of Kim’s fantastic recipes as well as info about her mail-order vegan bakeshop, check out: http://www.cestlavegan.com

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  1. This sound amazing!

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  2. For a Mock Tuna Mix this is what I use. It taste just like tuna sandwhiches from when I was a child.

    1 can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed

    3 tbsp vegan mayo

    1 1/2 tbsp spicy brown mustard

    3 tbsp of sweet relish

    Pinch of salt (I use pink himalayan salt)

    In a food processor combine chickpeas, mayo, spicy brown mustard, sweet relish, and salt. Process until combined and the chickpeas still have some texture to them. (You don’t want them to be smooth.) Then make sandwhiches with the mix. You can add tomatoes and lettcue to your sandwhich if you want.

    Then I take my Mock Tuna Mix to make Vegan Tuna Pasta Salad.

    To make this you just boil 1 cup of macaroni noodles according to package directions. Drain the noodles and rinse with cold water. Put noodles into a large bowl. Then after you have the Mock Tuna Mix made add it to the bowl with the macaroni noodles. Then chop up a small white onion and add it to the bowl. Last add 1 can of sweet peas drained and rinsed to the bowl. Combine all ingredients. Let chill in fridge for 30 minutes before serving.

    As for the Eggless Egg Salad I have a recipe but only make it for company. I never liked it before being vegan. The reason I veganized it was for friends.

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  3. Definitely going to try both the tuna salad and chick salad. Yum. Egg salad? Anxiously awaiting. : )

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  4. Beth Mickens says:

    Never was a huge fan of chicken or tuna salad until I started working at Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe as a teenager and then I fell in love with their Apple Walnut Tuna Salad. Since I was never a true fan, I never thought to veganize it after beocming vegan. However, after reading Crystal’s recipe, I may just have to try and veganize it using chickpeas…I think I remember the ingredients…experimenting time!

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  5. Before I went vegan years ago I tryed to make a chicken salad sandwich to match the one Arbys had, it turned out great.

    This would be a great alternative and healthier too! I want to try the tuna sandwiches too, thanks Crystal! :)

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  6. This looks great, but make sure you get the right meal starter. The one normally sold everywhere, like most products from them, is not vegan :)

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