Curried Vegan Chicken Salad

Curry Vegan Chicken Salad – Full Of Beans

Curried Vegan Chicken Salad – It’s What’s For Lunch

Our Vegan Chicken Salad, we like to call it Better Than Curried Chicken Salad, made with cannellini beans, will take your sandwich, or your salad, to a new level, giving you a delicious and cruelty-free way to elevate your lunch. This salad combines the rich tang of curry with sweet raisins, crunchy walnuts and celery, and the great texture of cooked beans. We combine it with our household staple product, Just Mayo (not an affiliate link, we just love it!), to make a tasty filling for a sandwich or a topping on a bed of greens.

What Do We Make For Lunch Today?

This recipe is a great option if you need a new idea for a quick vegan meal. Anyone who has packed lunches, vegan or not, knows it becomes a challenge to come up with ideas that are delicious and portable. During the years my kids were in school, making lunch was the challenge and question we faced every evening (or morning!). There were only so many options and, I confess, we made many peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. (I also confess that we still love P,B and J)

Vegan Chicken Salad is for Adults at Work, Too

As a vegan with almost no meal options in the hospital where I work (don’t get me started on how unhealthy hospital food can be), I am always packing meals. While I have access to a microwave, I love having hand food like a sandwich that I can eat almost anywhere. Nurses don’t always get to sit down, after all, so on a busy day, having a wholesome and satisfying option is essential. That’s true for everyone – kids going to school, parents heading to work, or college students on the run. This Curried Vegan Chicken Salad (Better Than Chicken Salad), like our Better Than Tuna,  is a perfect choice.

Now we are busy household of working adults, not always on the same schedule. Having readily available quick meal options is essential to affordable healthy eating. After all, it’s vegan living in the real world, with all the challenges and pleasures that come with it.

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"Better Than Chicken Salad" - Curried Vegan Chicken Salad
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Ingredients
  1. 1/4 red onion. finely diced
  2. 3 tsp curry (good quality)
  3. 2 celery stalks finely diced
  4. 5 cups canellini beans
  5. 1/2 c just mayo
  6. 2 - 3 T agave syrup
  7. a few grinds black pepper
  8. 1/2 tsp salt (using beans from dry)
  9. 1/2 c walnut chopped
  10. 1/2 c raisins
Instructions
  1. gently combine all ingredients
  2. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. Curry varies tremendously. We have a fairly mild, mellow curry and the amount reflects this. Adjust for your taste and the curry that you are using
  2. Cannellini beans are quite soft, so they will mash quite readily. If you like more texture chickpeas would work quite well.
  3. When using beans from dry stock we find that more salt is necessary. Start with half the added salt if you are using beans from cans.
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Georgia

Georgia is an unpretentious foodie who, at 50, transitioned from a vegetarian diet to a whole foods plant based diet and is loving it. She works as a nurse, plays as a quilter, loves to run, hates to race.
She thinks dogs are actually angels (in dog suits).

This Post Has 4 Comments
  1. I have made a chickpea chicken salad, but never with canellini beans and especially never with curry! I love the flavor boost and the sweet/savory add-ins, this + crackers sounds like a delicious meal to me 🙂

    1. Thanks Natalie! That sounds just right! 😄 It’s pretty good just straight from the bowl, too.

  2. May I ask what brand curry you used? I’m clueless on what to use for a “mild” curry and don’t want to waste my ingredients by picking a bad choice. Thanks!

    1. Hi Tricia,
      That’s a good question since curries vary widely, from very mild to hot and spicy. We get our’s at either a co-op, asian grocery, or other “ethnic” market. You should try to start at a place where you could ask about the heat/flavor of the curries available. In the end, though, you will need to experiment to find the one(s) that you like most.
      ~ Greg and Georgia

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