food

basic vegan chicken salad

One of my goals with this blog is to provide easy vegan recipes that don’t require a lot of ingredients or skill to make.  Something I hear often is, “I would love to eat more vegan food – but I don’t know how to cook!”  (I used to feel that way, too.)  But that’s fine, because this is barely cooking!  All you really have to do is put ingredients in a bowl, and your friends or partner or stomach will think you’re a genius.

Ingredients:

  • Beyond Meat Beyond Chicken Strips (1 package)
  • vegan mayo (1 generous tablespoon)
    • I like Trader Joe’s brand – pictured below – or Just Mayo
  • green onion (1 stalk)
  • pickle juice (1-2 tablespoons)
  • Mrs. Dash (a few shakes)

About Beyond Meat:  I’ve always been loyal to the grilled variety of Beyond Meat chicken since because they’re super basic and can be used in any recipe.  I got lightly seasoned this time because, uh, to be honest I don’t think I was paying attention.  But they did add a nice flavor to the chicken salad, and I will definitely try them in more recipes in the future.  I could be a convert?  These babies are gluten free, and have 20g of plant-based protein per 3-oz serving.

Preparation:

If you can cook a frozen product according to package instructions, congratulations — the hard part is over.  Sauté your Beyond Meat in a little oil until warmed and slightly browned/crispy on the outside.  Remove from pan and allow to cool for a bit; honestly 10 minutes at room-temp is probably long enough if you’re trying to eat this ASAP, or wait a little longer/refrigerate if you’d like.  Cube your chicken and add green onion, vegan mayo, Mrs. Dash (or seasoning of your choice), and pickle juice.  Mix and serve.

About Pickle Juice:  Listen, not only is this recipe not fancy, it includes probably the most not-fancy ingredient you will ever use.  Start with a little, and add more until the dressing is the consistency you want.  I love pickles but I’m very picky – my personal pickle picks are Claussen Kosher Dills, and Sonoma Brinery Wild West Dills.  It doesn’t really matter what kind of juice you use, low-end or gourmet, but I would go for something tangy or spicy over sweet.

I ate this as lettuce wraps this week, but it’s great on sandwiches, crackers, salads, or all by itself.  Enjoy!

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