Vegan Eggless Egg Salad 🌱Everyone loves this super easy & tasty plant-based twist on an old-fashioned favorite, egg salad. High in protein and zero cholesterol, this is the perfect addition to any brunch or potluck.
I love springtime…the warmer weather, flowers in bloom, all the colorful butterflies, birds and wildlife that visit my yard. Some of my fondest memories as a child are centered around the fun springtime outdoor parties I would enjoy with family and friends. Often those parties included egg-based dishes like deviled eggs or egg salad. The good news is, your springtime family traditions don’t need to stop in a vegan home, in fact, it is the perfect time of year to celebrate all the color and life that the end of winter brings.
Enjoy the flavors of the season with this super easy & tasty plant-based twist on an old-fashioned favorite. High in protein and zero cholesterol, this Vegan Eggless Egg Salad is the perfect addition to any brunch or potluck. Serve with toasted french bread or cucumber slices.
BTW… you don’t have to wait until Spring…you can enjoy this delish dish year-round!
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What is tofu?
Tofu, also known as bean curd, is a nutrient-rich food created from soy milk that has been heated and coagulated. The soy milk curds are pressed and formed into blocks. Much like traditional cheesemaking. The word “tofu”comes from the Japanese term for bean + curdled or fermented. Tofu is very mild in taste but it readily absorbs the flavors of seasonings and marinades. It is often served as a plant-based meat or egg replacement. According to Wikipedia, tofu first originated in China more than 2,000 years ago. Today, it is a staple in many Asian countries including Vietnam, Thailand, and Korea.
🥕 DID YOU KNOW…?
As if he wasn’t already amazing enough – the brilliant polymath, inventor, publisher, writer, postmaster, diplomat, and Founding Father – Benjamin Franklin, became an ethical vegetarian at the age of sixteen. He was also the first American known to mention tofu, according to a letter he wrote in 1770, where he referred to it as “cheese from China”.
IS TOFU GOOD FOR YOU?
Yes! There is good reason why tofu is so popular with vegans and vegetarians. Not only is it perfect for preparing delicious dishes, it is also super nutritious! Low in calories, high in protein and iron, tofu contains all 9 essential amino acids, as well as calcium and magnesium.
IS IT HARD TO COOK WITH TOFU?
It’s easy! Sometimes people are at first intimidated by tofu because they don’t know what to do with it or are worried they’ll prepare it incorrectly. Here’s a little tip: Tofu is very forgiving. You can add almost anything you want to it and it will turn out tasty! It’s hard to undercook or overcook. In fact, you don’t have to cook it all for some recipes. Tofu itself is very subtle in flavor and is perfectly suited for marinades and seasonings, as it absorbs and takes on the flavors of whatever you prepare it with. Once you learn the basics about preparing tofu, it will quickly become one of your favorite ingredients to use.
HOW TO CHOOSE the right TOFU For Vegan Eggless Egg Salad
Here’s how… One of the first things you should know is tofu comes in different firmnesses: Silken (for puddings, desserts, and sauces), soft (desserts, dips), medium & firm (scramble, eggless egg salad), and extra firm (braised tofu, strips, sandwiches, barbecue, skewers). The texture and levels of firmness may vary depending on the brands you buy. I suggest trying a few different brands and finding the ones that work best for your particular recipes. For this easy vegan tofu scramble recipe, you will want to use medium-firm.
HOW TO COOK WITH TOFU
Step #1…Remove the water. Tofu is packed in water. When you are ready to prepare your tofu, you will need to drain off all of the water and press any excess liquid out of the tofu, as it will make the tofu absorb marinades and seasonings much better. The simplest and fastest way is by using a tofu press, but you can also sandwich the tofu between two cutting boards (I suggest first slicing the block of tofu into 1″- 2″ thick slabs) and then press down firmly, or, place heavy cans or books on top and let it sit for 10-15 minutes (on a slight slant so the liquid drains into a bowl or sink).
A tofu press is a good friend in the kitchen!
How to make Vegan Eggless Egg Salad
This salad is SO EASY to make! Since it doesn’t require any cooking on the stove, you can put this delish dish together in about 20 minutes or less! It’s the perfect recipe to use when you need to whip up something for unexpected guests or if you’re in the mood for a super tasty & satisfying quick bite. Simply store leftovers (if there are any) in a covered container for up to 3 days.
The secret to making this amazing vegan version of egg salad is a special salt – Himalayan Black Salt, also know as Kala Namak.
What is Kala Namak?
Himalayan Black salt (Kala Namak) is a kiln-fired rock salt mined in the Himalayan region. It imparts an “eggy” flavor in recipes, due to its natural sulfur content. Kala Namak is not actually black in color, instead it ranges from a mauve-grey to a muted pinkish hue. Don’t confuse it with Himalayan Pink salt, which is a pale pastel pink. I use Kala Namak in tofu scramble & my very popular Easy Vegan Tofu Scramble recipe
Vegan Eggless Egg Salad
- large bowl
- spatula or spoon for stirring
- 14 oz tofu medium-firm, one package, drained
- 3 stalks celery diced
- 1 Tbsp fresh dill minced
- 1/3 C mayo vegan
- 3 Tbsp dill pickle relish
- 1/2 tsp Himalayan Black Salt (also known as Kala Namak)
- 1/4 tsp turmeric
- 1/4 tsp paprika save a pinch for garnish
- 1 tsp mustard yellow ballpark style
- 1/4 tsp black pepper freshly ground
- Thoroughly drain tofu as described in blog post.
- After your tofu is drained, place it into a mixing bowl and break into small pieces with a fork.
- Add chopped celery and dill.
- In a separate bowl or large measuring cup, combine mayo, dill pickle relish, Himalayan black salt, turmeric, paprika, mustard, pepper to make dressing.
- Pour onto tofu and mix well.
- Sprinkle remaining paprika over top and garnish with a sprig of dill.
- Refrigerate and serve. Simply delicious!