Curried Fake Chicken Salad

This recipe is for Mochamomma. You see, she expressed a certain fondness on Twitter the other day for Curried Chicken Salad. I had to point out that I make a great curried chicken salad…without the chicken.

I in the beginning used the Yves unbreaded chickn patties for this vegetarian variation on my mother’s curried chicken salad. Then I moved to using tofu…experimented a bit with chicken flavored seitan. Denise loves any version and tofu is easier to get. I am particularly fond of using the Marjon brand of firm tofu but I haven’t found it here since we moved.

The recipe is rough because, well, I do it out of my head. It is based on the Bird of Paradise salad in Joy of Cooking.

Take one block of well-drained tofu or chicken substitute of your choice (or chicken…about 2-3 cups). Dice it up. Add one chopped apple. I use granny smith usually. You can also halve 1/2 to 1 cup of grapes to add in. (a mixture of green and red is nice). If you are into some crunch, chop a stalk of celery and throw in.  Stir it together. Throw some curry powder and salt on top. 1-2 teaspoons curry powder. 1 tsp salt or salt to taste. Add JUST enough mayo for it all to stick together. At this point, it is best to throw it in the fridge for a couple hours, overnight or however long you can wait.  Just before serving, stir in about a cup of cashews.

This is way easy. Fabulous served with French bread or the bread of your choice.


  1. This is going to be so wonderful! I haven’t ever bought tofu before but if I take my mom I’ll be ok – surely she’s done this, right??

    Thank you SO MUCH. You’re a doll.

    Of course, now that you live so close….ok, I won’t push it! HA.

  2. Ok, Tofu. If you are buying it for the first time…you will want to look for a firm or extra firm variety for this recipe. You will also want to drain it by dumping the water out, then sandwiching it between a couple of paper towels, placing it on one plate with another on top, then setting some cans on top for about oh 20 min to an hour to really drain it well.

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