Quick and Easy Egg Salad — Without Eggs
Long ago, I used a store bought seasoning packet called Eggless Salad that simply mixed into crumbled tofu along with some mayonnaise. If I’m not mistaken, the first packet I ever had was a freebie in a race goodie. While I’d always been able to find it at Whole Foods, one day it was gone and I set out to recreate it. It really wasn’t that hard as I came to realize that there was no magic to this packet – it was just ordinary egg salad spices and various dehydrated vegetables.
This naturally will be a much fresher tasting alternative, with more crunch factor through the use of onions and celery. The familiar color comes from the dijon mustard and some extra turmeric. For the Tofu, don’t go less than Firm unless you want the final product really loose and watery. Extra Firm has the best egg-like texture, but takes a little more work to press all of the water out. Here I use Firm Tofu, crumble it into a colander and gently drain off the water.
Overall, this is a pretty solid base recipe as far as healthy tofu dishes go that you can take in any number of directions. How about curried egg salad? Maybe add in some currants for sweetness instead? I tend to sneak in a little more mayo, no matter what. And real mayonnaise too…not the low fat variety or something with “whip” in the name. While technically that puts eggs in the dish, use an alternative if you’re seeking a true eggless alternative. Now to truly make this a healthy lunch meal, you may want to just bag the mayo altogether.
- 1 Box Firm Tofu
- 1 Teaspoon Turmeric
- 1/2 teaspoon Paprika
- 3 Tablespoons Fresh Parsley, Chopped
- 1 clove Garlic, Chopped
- 2 ounces Mayonnaise more if you like it creamy
- 1 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard
- 2 stalks Celery finely chopped
- 1/2 white onion finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon Rice Wine Vinegar
Press the tofu to remove excess water and crumble it into a large mixing bowl
Add the turmeric, paprika, parsley, celery, garlic and onion to the tofu and mix well. Salt and pepper to taste.
Mix in the mustard, mayo and the teaspoon of vinegar
Check the seasoning again, this is really all there is to it. Dial up or down ingredients as you see fit or add your own favorite egg salad ingredients.