November 12, 2010
most of you probably know that i’m a vegetarian (right?). though i can’t really say that i miss anything, i will say that i love me some mock chicken salad! it’s most often something enjoyed at whole foods, but i recently tried making it myself, and to my surprise- it was scrumptious! here’s the recipe!
– 1 block of extra firm tofu
– 1 tbs olive oil
– 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
– 1/2 cup chopped celery
– 3 tbs of mayonnaise (or nayonaise)
– 1/2 tsp italian seasoning
– salt and pepper to taste
feel free to add any other ingredients your prefer in ‘chicken salad’ like grapes, walnuts or scallions.
place the tofu in an absorbent towel, top with a flat surface (like a cutting board or baking sheet) and weight it down for 5-10 minutes so that most of the water gets absorbed. then, tear the tofu into irregular, bite size pieces. heat the oil in a pan over high heat and cook the tofu, stirring often, until lightly browned on all sides. this should take about 10-15 minutes. once finished, place in a bowl and let completely cool- i like to either put it in the refrigerator for an hour, or the freezer for 15 minutes.
take the chilled tofu and mix in a bowl with the mayonaise, onion, celery, spices, salt and pepper. eat right away or keep chilled until ready to serve.
for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike- this recipe is delicious! whether you eat it plain or make a sandwich out of it- you’ll be quickly wondering where it all went.