Vegan Recipe: Lemony Eggless Egg Salad

updated Feb 5, 2020
Lemony Tofu "Egg" Salad
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This past weekend I joined my family for a lazy afternoon in the park. The sun was blazing, we rode our bikes, and a water fight ensued, which we followed up with some serious napping. When we woke up to a subtle, perfect breeze, we dove into this tofu “egg” salad with gusto.

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I first sampled “eggless egg salad” at my local fancy organic grocery shop while in high school. I became addicted to the fluorescent yellow of the turmeric-laced tofu and admired how rich and satisfying tofu could be. I’ve been trying to tweak a version of this high-protein, low-cholesterol picnic superstar ever since. I think I nailed it this time and I’m grateful for the opportunity to get this recipe out into the Interwebs (if only for my own reference later this summer). I hope you enjoy it too.

This tofu “egg” salad is light and lemony. It’s fabulous tucked into a pita, in between two slices of baguette, or even atop barely dressed lettuce. There are no animal products in this dish, and it’s gluten-free, so all eaters can partake in the fun. You can bet this hearty, bright salad will be heavy in my summer picnic food rotation.

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Lemony Tofu "Egg" Salad

Serves 4

Nutritional Info


For the dressing:

  • 4 tablespoons

    vegan mayonnaise, like Vegenaise

  • 2 tablespoons


  • 2 tablespoons

    red wine vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon

    olive oil

  • 1/2 teaspoon


  • 1/2 teaspoon

    lemon zest

For the salad:

  • 1

    (20-ounce) block extra-firm tofu

  • 1/4 cup

    slivered almonds

  • 4 teaspoons


  • 1/4 cup

    chopped chives

  • Fresh thyme to taste

  • Salt and pepper to taste

To serve:

  • Sandwich bread or rolls

  • Salad greens


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together all the dressing ingredients. Using your hands, crumble the tofu into roughly 1/2-inch pieces. Stir together with dressing and add almonds, capers, chives, and thyme. Lastly, salt and pepper to taste.

  2. Serve on sandwich bread or rolls or with salad greens. Leftover salad will keep refrigerated for several days.

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