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>Almond-Tarragon Chik’n Salad
(i’m cursing myself for not being able to find my camera cable.)
This recipe was inspired by the chicken salad that Bread & Company sells (or used to, I haven’t been there in ages). I love the combination of these flavors. Tarragon is one of those spices that you either love or hate. I didn’t discover I loved it until I was 16.

This is the only mock chik’n salad that I make without any addition of fruit. I tend to love the flavor balance fruit brings to otherwise savory dishes; but sometimes it’s just unncessary. This is one of those times; the almonds are quite sufficient. My recipe makes enough for two for lunch or dinner, or one extremely hungry person. My husband is not vegan-or even vegetarian, so most of my recipes are for one or two meals.

10-12 MorningStar Chik’n Meal starter strips (the bag needs to say VEGAN)
1/2t olive oil
1 and 1/2 t dried tarragon
1/2 c sliced almonds
2T veganaise
1/2 stalk of celery, sliced fairly thin
1/4 t smoked paprika
salt + pepper to taste

Saute the chik’n strips in oil; once they begin to brown sprinkle the strips with salt, 1/2 t tarragon, paprika and pepper. Cook until well browned; then set aside to cool. Once the strips are cool; chop them into small pieces.
Combine all ingredients (chik’n, remaining tarragon, celery and almonds) except for veganaise. Add veganaise last, 1 tablespoon at a time to make sure you do not use too much. Too much “mayo” completely ruins chik’n salad.
Lately; I eat my chik’n salad plain. I’m trying to make sure my diet doesn’t rely heavily on starchy carbs. I have no problem with carbs-don’t worry, I just have a problem with empty calories that have no nutritional value-especially if they aren’t coming from sweets!


About laceythevegan

I'm a reader, a food lover, a crazy cat lady, an animal lover, local shopper and local music supporter. You can find me in East Nashville most of the time, shopping, having a drink at a locally owned bar, or eating food at a local restaurant. I like cumin and smoked paprika way more than I should, winter squashes make me happy, and while I do like most fruits, I only *love* berries and mangoes. I'd rather have salty snacks than sweets, and the darker chocolate is, the better. I still think Earth Balance is the best fake butter, Vegenaise is the best vegan mayo, and Almond Milk tastes better than soy milk. Chia seeds are my favorite egg substitute for the most part, and pumpkin tends to bind better than applesauce-especially in chocolate goods. I know a lot about food and nutrition, but that doesn't mean I'm the healthiest person. I tend to avoid eating out because I know I can make food that tastes better at home.

3 responses »

  1. >This sounds wonderful!

  2. >thanks! tonight's experiment involves sweet potato casserole with Dandies on top. I hope they brown!


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