Vegan Salads 101
Vegan Chicken Salad
This plate of Vegan Chicken Salad is served with fresh organic baby spinach with a mango dressing, slices of English cucumber, cherry tomatoes and sliced fresh half ripe mango.
For those of use who grew up on chicken, this will satisfy those longings. The White Wave Chicken Style Wheat Meat can be used in a variety of traditional type recipes from those "meat eating days".
1 16 ounce package of White Wave Chicken Style Wheat Meat
2 organic tart & firm apples, grated
1/2 organic celery bunch... one with green leaves on the tips
8 green onions "scallions" finely sliced
1/2 purple onion, diced
3/4 cup fresh mint, finely sliced
1/4 cup chopped organic nuts (cashews, pecans, almonds)
1/2 cup organic dried currants, cranberries or cherries
3/4 cup Vegenaise
2 tablespoons organic apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon celery seed
2 tablespoons chives
2 tablespoons capers
1/2 teaspoon Hawaiian sea salt
White Wave Chicken Style Wheat Meat
The White Wave Chicken Style Wheat Meat is a form of wheat gluten, high in protein and low in fat. Seitan (pronounced say-tawn) is the Japanese term for cooked wheat gluten and the Buddhist in Japan have been eating it for hundreds of years.
White Wave Chicken will give you the taste and texture of "chicken" without the side effects of actually eating a chicken. The White Wave Company also makes other variations of seitan that can be added to other traditional meat type dishes. I'll be demonstrating some of these recipes in other vegan recipes.
When you open the White Wave Chicken box up, the seitan will resemble chicken breast meat that you pulled off the breast bones. The contents can be shredded by hand, sliced or diced by knife or pulsed in a Cuisinart food processor.
Keep your package of White Wave Chicken in the freezer and defrost the day before you wish to use it. I usually put a box from the freezer into the refrigerator the week I know I'm going to make the Mocking Chicken Salad recipe. That way it slowly defrosts in the refrigerator and will keep for one week with no spoilage.
White Wave Chicken Style Wheat Meat contains: Water, Wheat Gluten, Natural Flavors, Pea Starch, Canola Oil, Garbanzo Bean Flour, Soy Flour, Maltodextrin, Autolyzed Yeast Extract, Salt, Calcium Lactate (From Beets), Lemon Juice Concentrate.
Cuisinart Food Processor
large bowl for mixing
storage containers for salad
Remove the White Wave Chicken from the package and pull apart into the Cuisinart bowl fitted with the knife blade.
Pulse the seitan chicken until it looks shredded or diced.
Empty chicken into a large mixing bowl.
Grate the apples into the bowl.
Using a mandoline set on the thinnest setting, slice 1/2 of the celery bunch.
Slice the scallions finely and add to bowl.
Finely slice the mint leaves and add to bowl.
Dice the purple onion and add to bowl.
Add nuts, dried currants.
Add the Vegenaise, apple cider, celery seed, chives, salt and capers.
With a large spoon or your clean hands, mix the bowl contents until all are coated with the Vegenaise.
You may add more Vegenaise and cider vinegar to suit your taste buds.
Serve immediately as a salad or on a sandwich.
Vegan Chicken Salad can be used on any salad plate with the other salad types that are posted under the SALAD section of Chez Bettay's recipes. This version is loose and needs to be eaten with a fork... it you add more Vegenaise you can get that "mayo" consistency that Mom use to make. But I prefer the lower calorie version.
I served this version with sliced fresh white peaches, whole wheat crackers and the Mocking Chicken Salad over a bed of fresh arugula greens with my favorite beverage, BOTTLED WATER!