Vegetarian Tofu "Egg" Salad Recipe

A plate of "tofu" egg salad
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  • Total: 10 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 2-4 servings

Are you looking for the perfect tofu egg salad recipe? With a tablespoon of mustard to give it a yellowish hue, this vegan tofu egg salad recipe looks and tastes like egg salad. With nothing but tofu, relish, mustard and spices, this simple tofu egg salad recipe is completely vegetarian, vegan, and also gluten-free (though you may want to check the ingredients on your garlic powder and onion powder for hidden gluten-containing additives). It has all the traditional ingredients of an egg salad recipe, just swapping out the egg and using tofu in its place. 

Serve your vegan tofu egg salad just as you would with a regular egg salad. You can use it on lightly toasted bread with lettuce for a ​vegan "egg" salad sandwich, or serve it on a bed of lettuce at a luncheon, or, I like to put it in small portion containers and eat my tofu egg salad as a protein-boosting snack post-gym.​​

If you browse around, you'll see that many vegan "egg" recipes call for white pepper, which does lend an "eggy" taste and aroma to vegan tofu recipes. So, if you have some white pepper on hand, add a pinch to this recipe. I didn't include it in the ingredients list, because it's not something I usually keep handy personally. 

If you like making creative vegetarian sandwiches for lunch, check out more fun vegetarian sandwich ideas here

What You'll Need

  • 1 block firm tofu, drained
  • 1/3 cup vegan mayonnaise (my favorite brand is Vegenaise or Just Mayo)
  • 1/3 cup sweet pickle relish
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 stalk celery, diced
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp mustard
  • dash paprika for garnish (optional)

How to Make It

  1. In a medium-sized bowl, gently mash the tofu with a fork until it has the consistency you prefer. I like to have a few little chunks of tofu, but some people prefer a more crumbly egg salad or a more chunky texture. Up to you. Err on the side of a bit smaller than a bit larger, as it will carry the rest of the flavors better.
  2. Add the mayonnaise, sweet pickle relish, lemon juice, and diced celery, stirring to combine well.
  1. Then sprinkle with the garlic powder and onion powder and stir in the mustard.
  2. Taste and adjust seasonings to taste. You might want to add a dash of salt if you're used to saltier foods.
  3. Finally, sprinkle with a dash of paprika for a bit of color and garnish, if you'd like.

Serve your tofu egg salad on lightly toasted bread with lettuce and a couple of tomato slices for a vegan "egg" salad sandwich or spread on crackers for a casual vegetarian hors d'oeuvres.

This recipe is vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free (but only if you eat it as a salad and not as a sandwich, of course, or you can use gluten-free bread).

Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
269 Calories
21g Fat
12g Carbs
12g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)