Nuts Faux Chicken Salad

As a tween and teen, I loved opening up a can of chicken or tuna, throwing in some mayo and relish, and calling it either chicken or tuna salad.  I felt terribly independent, making my own "grown up" dish.  When I was rocking the vegetarian diet 100%, I found myself yearning for that canned salad of my youth, so I decided to make a nutty seedy version of my youthful glory.

Featuring sunflower seeds, walnuts, pumpkin sees, and cashews, you're getting a healthy dose of great fats, protein, and deliciousness.

Nuts Faux Chicken Salad

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

1/2 cup raw unsalted sunflower seeds
1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds
1 cup walnuts
1 batch vegan mayo or 2/3 cup mayo of your choosing
1 celery stalk, diced
2 tbsp sweet pickle relish
2 tbsp fresh dill
Juice of 1/2 lemon
sea salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Soak walnuts, sunflower seeds, and pumpkin seeds in water overnight.  Rinse and drain.
  2. Put nuts and seeds in a food processor and pulse until blended but no pureed. (you want that nice, faux chicken-y textures.)
  3. I a large bowl, combine all ingredients and stir until well blended.

Serve with baby spinach as a salad, in a lettuce wrap, or as a sandwich.  Or maybe even try it on an Omega-3 tortilla.

xox

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