Somehow, during all the craziness going on in the world, we find ourselves in the middle of May. This year seems both impossibly long and impossibly short at the same time.
I know this spring (and likely this summer) will be nothing like years past, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the warm weather headed our way with some fresh food and springtime recipes.
I’ve recently been craving Classic Chicken Salad and so I decided now was the best time to start experiment with a recipe.
This recipe uses one of my favorite whole-food meat replacements for a light, soy-free, and gluten-free Vegan Chicken Salad that will rival its traditional counterpart. What is the key component of this vegan chicken salad?
Let’s take a closer look.
Recommended Ingredients & Equipment
Here’s everything you will need.
Ingredients & Substituions
- Jackfruit. If you don’t like or can’t find jackfruit, feel free to use tempeh, tofu, or mashed chickpeas following these instructions.
- Vegetables. celery, red onions, pickles
- Vegan Mayonnaise. My favorite brand is Just Mayo. It is shelf-stable and has a similar price point to non-vegan mayonnaise. However, any vegan mayo will do.
- Fresh Dill
- Spicy Mustard
- Lemon Juice
- Salt and Pepper
How to Make Vegan Chicken Salad
Note: The full printable recipe is at the bottom of this post.
Step One – Prepare the Jackfruit
Drain and rinse the jackfruit through a colander. Shake out any excess water. Lay the jackfruit on a paper towel and pat dry. Using your fingers, press the jackfruit chunks and the base to fan out, pushing it into large shreds. See this video for a visual.
Step Two – Prepare the Veggies
Dice all your vegetables and herbs into uniform pieces and set aside.
Step Three – Mix it Together
Combine all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir until the salad is combined. Serve it over a bed of lettuce or in between a baguette for a vegan chicken salad sandwich.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is this salad gluten-free?
Why, yes it is! In fact, this vegan salad is also low-carb and keto-friendly!
For those of you who are unfamiliar, jackfruit is a large green tropical fruit that, when green, has very little flavor. The stringy texture, however, is similar to that of chicken or pulled pork, making it one of the most popular whole food vegan meat substitutes.
While some people buy jackfruit whole, I find getting it canned is the most convenient way to introduce jackfruit into your recipes.
Jackfruit is an incredible whole-food meat substitute. It has a similar texture to that of chicken or pulled pork and it takes on any flavors you give it. (Hello, Buffalo Jackfruit Tacos!)
How do I prepare Jackfruit?
When buying jackfruit in a can, it comes in small triangles. At the base of the triangle, you’ll find a thick core. To shred it, hold the core between your thumb and forefinger and gently press up while pressing into the fruit with your thumb. The tops will easily shred into what you see below.
Watch this video to see it for yourself.
Can I use something other than jackfruit?
I’ve tried several different replacements for vegan chicken salad and I have to say that I love jackfruit the most. However, if you don’t like jackfruit or can’t find it, tempeh or smashed chickpeas make a great replacement.
Serving and Storing
For best results, serve within 4 hours of making. Serve the salad on toasted bread, with crackers, or on a bed of lettuce.
Store leftover salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
More Classic Salad Recipes
Are there classic salad recipes you no longer enjoy now that you’re vegan? Don’t worry! I’ve veganized them. Check out these recipes.
More Jackfruit Recipes
New to jackfruit and can’t get enough? I get it. Here are some of the most popular vegan jackfruit recipes on the website.
- One-Pot Burrito Bowls w/ Jackfruit
- BBQ Jackfruit “Pulled Pork” Sliders
- Buffalo Jackfruit Tacos with Cilantro Slaw
- Jackfruit Taquitos with Salsa Verde
But before you check out those, let’s take a look at the recipe card below.
A Vegan Chicken Salad everyone will love. This traditional salad is made with green jackfruit and mixed with celery, onions, and pickles for a healthy twist on a classic salad. Soy and gluten-free!
Keyword: vegan chicken salad
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 74 kcal
Author: Sarah McMinn
Drain and rinse the jackfruit through a colander. Shake out any excess water. Lay the jackfruit on a paper towel and pat dry. Using your fingers, press the jackfruit chunks and the base to fan out, pushing it into large shreds. See this video for a visual. Set aside.
Dice all your vegetables and herbs. Set aside.
Place the prepared jackfruit in a medium bowl. Add the remaining chicken salad ingredients and stir until well combined.
Serve on sandwich bread or a baguette with lettuce. Leftover chicken salad can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
For best results, serve within 4 hours of making. Serve the salad on toasted bread, with crackers, or on a bed of lettuce. Store leftover salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Nutrition facts are for the salad alone. They do not include the nutritional information of the sandwich bread.