A quick, easy and delicious vegan salad full of Asian flavors and the most amazing dressing! This Vegan Asian chicken salad is perfect as a meal or served as an appetiser- A great way to use up leftovers!
You may be rolling your eyes at me thinking ‘Who does this Aussie goose think he is discussing anything remotely related to Thanksgiving?”
Well, I’ll let you know that this Aussie goose experienced an “amazing” Thanksgiving day back in 2010.
It was 7am and my friend Sophie had flown in from Hamburg, Germany for a week-long vacation in New York. We were excited to be experiencing the infamous ‘Macy’s Day Parade’ and had organised our cameras and flags to wave with the floats.
We left the room and pretty much faceplanted a barricade of people. From every corner of our eyes, we saw people congregated around Times Square and both directions in the near vicinity. We asked the person closest to us if everyone was here for the parade.
He rolled his eyes and muttered ‘tourists.’
He then informed us that “smart” people came at 6am to get a spot.
He then told us we would benefit from just watching it on TV.
We had come to Manhattan at one of the most busiest times to experience one of the most famous events and alas, we were not going to be able to achieve this. We trekked back and forth several times trying to find an opening but there was not a single gap or nook for us to squeeze into. Admitting defeat, we decided to go to a local cafe and drown our sorrows in food.
Food cures all.
The cafe was serving up Thanksgiving dishes which could be repurposed. Initially, we thought this cafe was serving up scraps or leftovers but we were informed the dishes were in two parts- A small, traditional Thanksgiving meal and the second part- Something fun and delicious using the key ingredients in the first part. We were served a small turkey, mashed potato and green bean dish and straight after, a breaded turkey salad. Both were delicious and both did an amazingly great job of hiding the cheers from outside.
…..It then clocked over the early Black Friday sales and my friend a stiletto thrown in her face- That, however, is a story for another day!
I’m teaming up with Gardein again to share some fun meat-free recipes and this one takes a festive twist. With turkey being the centre of attention for the carnivores out there, Gardein have them sorted with their delicious roast or alternatives like their turk-y cutlets. For this recipe, I used tried it with both their turk-y cutlets and also their chick’n scallopini– So my gluten-free friends would have an option too! I present- A delicious Vegan Asian Chicken (or turkey!) salad!
This quick and easy Vegan Asian ‘Chicken’ salad is delicious and has the most epic dressing ever! It’s a unique side dish to whip up for your Thanksgiving dinner (be the cool cat there, ZING!) or a meal to enjoy anytime! The combination of flavors in the dressing, along with the crushed nuts and added spices make this one epic salad. As mentioned earlier, not only is it vegan, but when you use the chick’n scallopini, it’s also completely gluten free!
HACK! For the carnivores out there, use leftover roast meat (optional breading) and it’s the perfect use of leftovers.
Make this delicious Vegan Chinese Chicken Salad and I will love you forever if you rent a penthouse suite in Manhattan this Thanksgiving.
Keep my seat warm.
If you love salad recipes, you’ll LOVE these oil-free baked veggie chips– Check out the recipe video below for a step-by-step process!
- 2 x packages of Gardein's Turk-y cutlets (can sub for their chick'n for gluten free)
- 4 cups chopped cabbage/carrots/iceberg lettuce/greens
- 2 T slivered almonds
- 1 T sesame seeds
- Wonton skins (optional)
- 1/4 cup almond butter
- 2 T natural chilli sauce
- 2 T liquid aminos
- 1 T all natural ketchup
- pinch cayenne pepper
- Dairy free milk/water to thin out
- Prepare your Gardein turk-y cutlets as instructed. Slice into bite sized pieces and set aside.
- In a mixing bowl, combine all the dressing ingredients and mix until fully incorporated. Using a tablespoon, add water/dairy free milk until a thick dressing is formed. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the chopped veggies and mix well. Add half the dressing and mix through until all the veggies are coated. Add the chopped turk-y cutlets (or protein of choice) and mix until fully combined. Serve into bowls and top with extra dressing, sesame seeds and slivered almonds.
- This salad tastes AMAZING served cold and having marinated in the dressing- Simply add the chopped turk-y before serving.
- Salad keeps for 2 days.
- Dressing can be kept for up to a week, refrigerated.
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