Follow Your Heart is perhaps best known for their Vegenaise®, a deliciously creamy vegan mayonnaise. The perfect substitute for dairy-laden mayo, I can hardly tell the difference between the two. Vegenaise® is to vegans as Hellmann’s is to non-vegans. Do you catch my drift?
Reduced Fat Vegenaise® offers nearly the same taste and texture as the Original, except it has a slightly more lemon-like flavor, which definitely isn’t a bad thing. It spreads wonderfully and makes an excellent substitution for regular mayo in nearly any recipe (including my ranch recipe) should you be looking to reduce your caloric intake. Reduced Fat Vegenaise® has half the calories and almost half the fat of the Original, thanks to being made with flax seed and olive oils. What’s more, this gluten and dairy-free mayo is also made from non-GMO soy!
The following recipe utilizes tofu which has been frozen then thawed, creating a nice, chewy texture. Excellent as a standalone dish or as part of a sandwich or wrap, this salad has just enough kick to provide an exciting flavor, full of creamy goodness.
Curried “Chicken” Salad
1 (14-ounce) container extra-firm tofu, frozen then thawed
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/4 cup blanched, slivered almonds
3/4 cup non-dairy mayonnaise (I used Reduced Fat Vegenaise®)
2 tablespoons sliced green onion
2 teaspoons curry powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
fresh cracked black pepper
canola oil for the pan
Drain tofu and wrap in cloth or paper towels. Weigh down with something heavy (such as a couple of plates) for 20-30 minutes in order to remove as much water as possible.
Preheat oven to 400° F. Prepare baking sheet by lightly greasing with oil; set aside.
Coarsely chop tofu and spread evenly on prepared baking sheet. Drizzle/spray with more oil, then bake in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly.
Meanwhile, dry-toast almonds in a small frying pan over medium heat, stirring often. Once almonds begin to turn golden brown, after 3-5 minutes, remove from heat.
Mix together all ingredients in a large bowl and serve as desired.
NOTE: The Vegenaise® used in this recipe was a free sample provided by Follow Your Heart. The views and opinions expressed herein are strictly my own and do not necessarily reflect that of others.