Vegan Chicken Salad Recipe

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There are some recipes that make you never want to order takeout for lunch again. Recipes that check off the boxes of exciting, easy, and efficient. Well friends, we are pleased to announce that this recipe for Vegan Chicken Salad checks off all those boxes and more!

This “No Chicken Salad” recipe from Yummy Plants makes an excellent portable meal that can be pulled together in just a few minutes. It is delicious stuffed in pita pockets, atop a salad, and straight from a spoon. M

Whether you want to eat it as is or dress it up like it’s Fashion Week, you’ll never have a boring lunch again with this delicious salad!

Why You Should Make This Vegan Chicken Salad

Sometimes you’ve just had one too many veggie burgers and you need something that’s just as filling and enjoyable to satisfy your hunger. There are several reasons why you should make this awesome salad, including but not limited to just how easy it is to throw together!

  • Easy Peasy – This vegan chicken salad recipes takes very little effort to throw together. All you have to do is cook the vegan chicken, chop the other ingredients, and toss them together! Since this recipe is so simple to make, it’s also great to introduce to kids or teens who may be interested in making their own meals.
  • Totally Tasty – One of the best things about this salad is the dynamic range of flavors and textures. The cool crunch of celery and sweet apple meeting the soft and savory vegan chicken coated in vegan mayonnaise is quite a party for the mouth!
  • Full of Fun – While this vegan chicken salad is perfect for a simple lunch, it’s also great for serving at parties or bringing to pot lucks. You get to wow the crowd with a well-rounded dish while not having to put in all the work of baking a whole casserole (though, if you really want to be a rock star, you could make both)!

Star Ingredients

This vegan chicken salad features only a handful of ingredients but those ingredients are full of flavor and nutrients, all combining their forces to create one satisfying recipe.

  • Vegan ChickenVegan chicken is the true star of this medley. Often made from soy protein, it features a meaty texture and comforting flavor. If you’re sensitive to soy or simply don’t like meat alternatives, you can swap the vegan chicken for jackfruit or even tofu cubes instead.
  • Awesome Apple – An apple a day keeps many things away! Apples are full of nutrients such as vitamin C, potassium and are naturally hydrating and downright delicious! For this salad, feel free to use whatever you have on hand but if you want a nice pop of color along with some tartness, go for a Pink Lady® or Braeburn apple.
  • Cool Celery – Crunchy, salty, and absolutely delicious when cooked into a soup or enjoyed with some peanut butter, celery is a vitamin-packed vegetable that is essential in any vegan chicken or tuna salad.

How to Serve Up Your Vegan Chicken Salad

One of the best things about this vegan chicken salad is that you can enjoy it in so many different ways! Whether stuffed in a pita pocket or enjoyed straight from a bowl, you’ll love how many different ways this salad can be enjoyed.

  • Sandwich It Up – Want to make the ultimate sandwich with this salad? Serve it atop some focaccia and bask in the heavenly combination of flavors and textures. Feel free to add some lettuce if you so please for an even more picturesque lunch.
  • More Salad, Please – If you’re a salad fanatic or if you’re hosting a get together, adding some other salads to the mix is a great idea! For more crunch, go with a smashed cucumber salad. Craving some carbs? This picnic pasta salad is the answer to your prayers!
  • So Many Sides to Try – Serving this salad with a side of soup or potato wedges is a great way to warm up your plate and add some complimentary flavors to your meal. Yum!

Equipment You’ll Need

Vegan Chicken Salad

Author: Rebecca Gilbert
5 from 7 votes
A delicious vegan chicken salad that can be tossed together in minutes using vegan "chicken" and a few simple ingredients. Say "goodbye" to boring lunches!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4


  • 3 cups cooked vegan chicken, like Alpha Foods, chopped
  • 1 cup vegan mayonnaise, such as Just Mayo or Vegenaise
  • cups diced celery
  • cups chopped apple
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Pinch salt
  • Chopped parsley for garnish


  • In a large bowl, toss chicken with diced celery, apples, and mayonnaise. Mix well.
  • Add lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with parsley.
  • Assemble pita sandwiches or plate individually on a bed of greens with baby tomatoes.


Calories: 520kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 481mg | Potassium: 576mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 231IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg
Course Lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword vegan chicken salad, vegan chicken salad recipe, vegan lunch recipe ideas

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Simple Storage

End up with leftovers? This vegan chicken salad will last up to 5 days in the fridge and might even taste better the next day once the flavors really blend together. You could also technically freeze this recipe but it probably isn’t the best idea since the celery and apples will lose much of their crispness this way.

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Recipe reprinted with permission from It’s Easy to Start Eating Vegan by Rebecca Gilbert and Yummy Plants. Photos by Rebecca Gilbert. Article written by Amanda Meth. Please note that this article may contain affiliate links which help to support the work at World of Vegan!


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Recipe Rating

  1. 5 stars
    Yes! this looks so good and I recently tried alpha foods chick’n soo good!

  2. Andrea White says:

    5 stars
    YUM! I need to try alpha foods!

  3. 5 stars
    So cool that there are so many vegan chicken brands and vegan mayo brands out there so this vegan chicken salad is now easy to make!

  4. 5 stars
    Oh, this sounds so good!! I miss this class salad and now I’m super excited that I can have it again as a vegan. Yay!

  5. Beatriz Buono-Core says:

    5 stars
    This recipe is so simple but so good! The perfect weekday lunch 🙂

  6. 5 stars
    Ahhh I LOVE this vegan chicken salad! So delicious and easy to make!

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