Vegan Chicken Salad

This vegan chicken salad is amazing piled on a sandwich, stuffed in a wrap, or on top of a crunchy salad! Made with protein-packed seitan, hearty chickpeas, and creamy vegan mayo seasoned with fresh dill and scallions. Whip up a batch for lunch today!

Vegan Chicken Salad on a Plate

My husband and I recently added a new member to our family. He’s a cat! Well, a kitten that’s almost a cat, at eight months old. And he’s really bad. I mean, we love him. We’re completely obsessed with our new furbaby, but he’s SO BAD!

I’ve always had cats but it’s been a while since I lived with a kitten, and I forgot how much trouble they can get into. He keeps us up all night while he runs around the house like a maniac (sometimes chasing our older cat). He tries to eat my hair. And clothes. And furniture.

And lately, he is relentless about getting into the kitchen and onto the counter while I work.

That last thing didn’t start happening until the last time I made this vegan chicken salad. He was pretty good until the day I started shooting the video (which you can view at the bottom of this post) and during the 15 seconds while I had my back turned to get some dill out of the fridge, he made his way onto the counter and started stuffing his little face with chickpeas.

Oh well. At least chickpeas are the cheapest and easiest to replace of all the ingredients in this recipe.

Hands Holding a Vegan Chicken Salad Sandwich

My husband and I have since installed an extra high baby gate in the doorway leading to the kitchen, which our little guy has already defeated by jumping, squeezing through the (2-inch spaced apart!) bars, and climbing the molding in the doorway. He’s resourceful, that guy.

Vegan Chicken Salad Ingredients

So, what else goes into this recipe, aside from those chickpeas my cat loves so much? Seitan is the main ingredient that I’ve used to replace chicken.

Some recipes for vegan salady sandwich fillings use chickpeas on their own (like this one), and while chickpeas are great, they’re not fooling anyone. Seitan on its own is quite chickeny, but it’s a little too firm for chicken salad by itself. Mix it with some smashed chickpeas and you’ve got the perfect texture.

You can use homemade seitan or store-bought. If you use store-bought, you’ll need exactly one eight ounce package. If you make it yourself using my recipe, go with the chicken flavor (I guess that’s kind of obvious!), and you’ll need about a half of a batch, or one slightly scant cup once it’s diced.

I used vegan mayo for the dressing, along with some celery and almonds for crunch, and garlic, dill and scallions for flavor.

How It’s Made

It’s so easy! Grab a bowl and lightly mash your chickpeas. I used a potato masher, but a fork will work too. Add in the rest of your ingredients and stir everything together. Give it a taste-test, and make any adjustments you think are needed.

Collage Showing Steps for Making Vegan Chicken Salad: Smash Chickpeas, Add Remaining Ingredients, and Mix

That’s it! Pile it on a sandwich, stuff it in a wrap, or use it to top a salad.

Vegan Chicken Salad Sandwich Topped with Lettuce, Tomato and Onion

FAQ & Tips for Making Amazing Vegan Chicken Salad

  • Can this recipe be made gluten-free? I haven’t tried making a gluten-free version, but soy curls may work as a substitute for the seitan. You could also probably omit the seitan and double the chickpeas, which will give you something that isn’t quite as chickeny, but should still be tasty.
  • Where do I get vegan mayo? Lots of regular supermarkets sell vegan mayo — check near the regular mayo or in the natural foods section. Just Mayo is my preferred brand.
  • This vegan chicken salad will keep in the fridge for about 4 days once mixed.

Check out my video to see just how easy this vegan chicken salad is to make!

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Vegan Chicken Salad on a Plate

Vegan Chicken Salad

This vegan chicken salad is amazing piled on a sandwich, stuffed in a wrap, or on top of a crunchy salad! Made with protein-packed seitan, hearty chickpeas, and creamy vegan mayo seasoned with fresh dill and scallions. Whip up a batch for lunch today!

Prep Time 10 minutes

Total Time 10 minutes

Servings 4

Calories 315 kcal

Author Alissa

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cooked or canned chickpeas, drained, rinsed and lightly mashed
  • 8 ounces seitan (about 1/2 batch if using homemade), finely diced
  • 1/2 cup slivered or sliced roasted almonds
  • 1 cup diced celery (about 2 stalks)
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh dill
  • 1/4 cup chopped scallions (about 2 medium scallions)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 cup vegan mayo (or more if you’d like a creamier salad)
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Place the chickpeas into a medium bowl and roughly mash them with a fork or potato masher.

  2. Add the remaining ingredients and stir until fully mixed.

  3. Taste-test and adjust any seasonings to your liking.

  4. Chill or serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

Vegan Chicken Salad

Amount Per Serving (0.75 cup (approximately))

Calories 315 Calories from Fat 158

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 17.6g 27%

Saturated Fat 1.5g 8%

Sodium 574mg 24%

Potassium 411mg 12%

Total Carbohydrates 21.9g 7%

Dietary Fiber 6g 24%

Sugars 1g

Protein 20.1g 40%

Calcium 11%

Iron 23%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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