Friday, August 17, 2007

Faux Chicken On The Run


Fake chicken salad is something that I turn to for lunch way too often. Here are the ways to dig it:

Govinda's does an interesting sandwich (pictured) that doesn't resemble chix salad at all. They don't shred it and they use spicy mayo, plus they add olives and pickles for extra flavor and crunch. You can get it on a roll or a wrap, and it's closer to a faux chicken caesar wrap than anything.

Since I prefer mine in between bread, I usually buy Healthy Corner's vegetarian chicken salad sandwiches, which are sold predominantly at Asian delis. This is my favorite, no question. It's just really simple and flawless.

Essene's faux chicken salad is similar, although not as flavorful. It's mostly vegan mayo, which makes it a tad runny.

I like to order my mock chicken salad over greens at Mugshots, but their version is closest to the texture of the real thing if that's what you're into.

And lastly, for serving a crowd or saving a dime, a recipe:

Basic Chicken-less Salad

1 cup vegan mayo (Vegenaise, Nayonaise, etc.)
1 (18 oz.) package White Wave Chicken-Style Seitan, chopped or shredded
1 stalk of celery, diced
1/4 cup carrots, diced
salt & pepper

Mix ingredients in a bowl. Don't think too hard.

Serves 4, or you 4 times.

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