It was over 22 years ago that I became a vegetarian. One of the first dishes I learned how to make after making the transition was tofu salad. For some reason, people were calling it "eggless egg salad," which I've always felt was silly. In our home we have always called it tofu salad. Call it what you want though, because either way it makes for a great lunch! You have probably heard of "eggless egg salad" and "mock tuna salad," these are my versions, but I like to leave the words "egg" and "tuna" out of it, preferring to call it what it is, rather than what it isn't.
Tofu salad is easy to make, it's vegan, and it's tasty. My kids and husband love it, too! My husband and daughter prefer it served on bread with a little lettuce, while my son and I prefer it served with crackers. You can make it for home, pack it for a picnic lunch, or send it with the kids for their school lunch.
I freeze all tofu before using it. Read more about that here. I don't really measure anything when making tofu salad, because I've been making it for so long that I just eyeball the measurements. This will last a couple of days in the refrigerator, too.
What you need to make tofu salad:
1 container of extra firm tofu (preferably organic)
1 stalk of celery, chopped
1/2 cup of chopped onion
1/2 cup of red bell pepper, chopped
1 tablespoon relish
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon prepared mustard
1/2 cup vegan mayo (more or less depending on your personal preference)
What to do:
Drain the tofu and squeeze the water out of it. Put in a mixing bowl and use a fork to smash it all down. Add in all of the other ingredients and mix it all together. Mix it until it's all come together and has a yellow tint. At this point you could add in a dash of salt and pepper (these are optional, I don't use them in it). Now you are ready to use it on your bread to make sandwiches or to go with your crackers. Enjoy!
Variation: You can also make chickpea salad using the same recipe and just swapping the tofu for a can of rinsed and drained chickpeas. Smash the chickpeas by hand or put them in a food processor to chop them up some. Then add the the rest of the ingredients and mix it all up. Chickpea salad is another vegan option that is quick and delicious on crackers or bread! Chickpea salad is another recipe I learned decades ago. Many people like to call this "no tuna salad" or "tunaless salad" or "vegan tuna salad," or "mock tuna salad." I prefer to leave the word tuna out of it and simply call it chickpea salad, which is what it is.