Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Eggless Salad

Do kids like egg salad? I liked it when I was a kid. And my kids like this egg-free version. This is a great way to introduce tofu to people who don't eat it on a regular basis. Serve it on the bread of your choice--like white bread with the crusts cut off if you are headed to a pot-luck dinner in a church basement.

INGREDIENTS
- 1 pkg firm or extra firm tofu, pressed
- 3 tbsp minced dill pickle
- 1 minced green onion
- 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
- 1/4 tsp paprika
- 1/4 tsp tumeric
- freshly ground pepper
- vegenaise

METHOD
1. Crumble tofu with your hands into a bowl. Make it as chunky or as fine as you want.
2. Add dill pickle, onion, mustard, paprika, tumeric, and pepper. Add in enough vegenaise to get the consistency you like. Mix well. Refrigerate until ready to use. Tastes even better the next day.
VARIATION FOR THE KIDS
Wrap up eggless salad with some shredded romaine and tomato in a small tortilla. Slice into two or three pieces and serve. Past experience has taught me that a) kids like things in tortillas, and b) kids like portions that aren't too daunting.

23 comments:

Jan Scholl said...

I remember having a dish similar to this about 30 years ago at this little hippie cafe in Flint MI-they supplied food for the art fair when it was small and local then. It was so yummy! some things change so fast-Merlins is gone (the building is all boarded up) the Art Fair is huge and international and you pay to get in now. Flint sucks in general-but eggless egg salad still is yummy.

federal vegan (kate) said...

Mmm, this sounds good - I like the idea of the pickle in there.

CeciLiA said...

this looks really yummy...now i just need to find vegannaise ....

Celine said...

I don't think I ate egg sandwiches as a kid, I was more of a devil egg kind of gal I suppose. had I known about YOUR "egg" salad at the time, I would have probably forgotten about the devilish ones in no time.

Mandee said...

Hey Vegan Dad, that egg salad recipe looks the goods, might give it a go :) Kitteh xox

Solitary Dancer said...

This is just what I what I was looking for.

It sounds perfect and your photos make everything look delicious!

Deb

carrie said...

MMMM, I love egg-less salad. My kids like it too (on whole wheat with no crust!!). I like it on white bread (ashamed) because it reminds me of childhood.

I served egg-less salad to my very omni family as part of Easter Brunch this year, and no one had any clue that it was tofu.....it's really all about what you mix with it.

Vegan Dad said...

carrie,
I couldn't agree more. I think the essential ingredients here are the vegenaise (if you like a mayo taste), the dijon mustard, and the dill pickle, which adds a wonderful bakground flavour without making the whole thing taste like a dill pickle. The tofu is the right texture, and so the whole thing ends up tasting remarkably like agg salad (or, how I remember egg salad tasting).

Erin said...

I LOVE eggless egg salad. It's one of the recipes I return to over and over. I don't think I liked egg salad as a kid, it fell into the "yucky" category. Ate tons of it in college though.

Solitary Dancer said...

I made this over the weekend and I must say it is yummy.

The only thing I did different was to replace the dill pickle with sweet pickles. I'm sure that's because I live in the South. LOL

It was great and I will be making this again and again.

mom said...

I confess my first thought was GROSS! But I wanted to find out - so I made some - HEY! that's good!
Now we'll see what Dad thinks.

veg4life(of_the_chickens) said...

ur new background is awful.

Vegan Dad said...

veg4life,
How nice of you to say.

veg.in.the.fog said...

OMG, veg4life-

How rude! Personally, I like his current background better, but who cares what it looks like! This is the best blog ever!!

Lisa said...

Just wanted to thank you for posting this recipe - my husband and I loved it, and I'll probably be making it at least once a week for our lunches. I haven't had eggy egg salad in a while, but I swear this one tastes yolk-y. Also, I love your blog in general - keep up the good work! :)

Vegan Dad said...

yes, it is amazingly egg-like. I am not sure if it is the texture + the vegenaise, or what.

Stacey said...

Two words: SO GOOD. I made this recipe last night for the first time and was super impressed by its eggy-ness (yes, I just made that into a word), its great flavor and its simplicity! Short ingredient lists that produce something this great are always a plus.

Holley said...

This is an amazing recipe, thankyou! As others have said, it is very 'eggy', it's the first time i've tried uncooked tofu and it was YUM! :)

veg.in.the.fog said...

this mixture is so perfect! i tried it for the first time while staying with relatives. when they tried it (without knowing it was egg-free) they loved it, only commenting once that the other flavors overpowered the eggy-ness. really funny. thanks for the post, i didn't think of trying to veganize egg salad! (want to try for fried eggs? ☺)

Vegan Dad said...

veg.in.the.fog,
I am so glad it worked out for you!

A vegan fried egg? That would be an accomplishment.

Nifty Mom said...

I made this Sunday for lunch and like you sugested it's MUCH better sitting in the fridge for a while. My 2 year old didn't like the "salad" when I first made it but today for lunch she gobbled it down and asked for more! Thanks!

Amy S. said...

This is a great recipe! I haven't had a hard time giving up eggs, but egg salad was one of the few ways I enjoyed eating them. This recipe tasted shockingly like real egg salad. I also added 1/4 teaspoon of black salt that I got at an Indian market - it gives it that egg yolk taste. Thanks for another great recipe!

drhannahj said...

This was AWESOME!!! I loved it!! Will definitely make again! Thank you for the recipe !!