Vegan Chickenless Salad Sandwich

MAKES: 4 Sandwiches
PREP TIME: 15 minutes
ACTIVE TIME: 15 minutes
INACTIVE TIME: 1 hour + 50 minutes

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup low-sodium “no-chicken” flavored vegetable broth (or regular low-sodium vegetable broth)
  • ¼ cup liquid aminos (or gluten-free tamari; use coconut aminos to be soy-free)
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon dried marjoram
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon liquid smoke
  • One 14-ounce  block extra firm tofu, drained and pressed for 1 hour
  • ⅓ cup vegan mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard (gluten-free if necessary)
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • 2 celery stalks, halved lengthwise and finely chopped
  • ¼ small yellow onion, diced
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Lettuce
  • Sliced tomato
  • 8 vegan bread slices (or 4 vegan sandwich rolls; gluten-free if necessary)

Method:

  1. Combine the broth, liquid aminos, thyme, marjoram, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and liquid smoke in an 8 × 8-inch baking dish. Slice the tofu into ½-inch cubes, add to the marinade, and toss until coated. Marinate the tofu for 20 minutes, tossing a couple of times to evenly distribute the marinade.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Use a slotted spoon to scoop and spread the tofu onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes, tossing once halfway through, until crisp and golden brown. Remove the tofu from the oven and let cool for about 5 minutes.
  3. Combine the mayonnaise, mustard, and dill in a large bowl. Add the celery, onion, and tofu and stir until thoroughly combined. Season with salt and pepper. You can eat it right away or chill it before serving to allow the flavors to marry. The salad can be made up to 2 days before serving.
  4. To assemble each sandwich, place some lettuce and sliced tomato on one bread slice (or the bottom half of a roll). Add a big pile of the salad and top with another slice of bread or the top of the roll. Serve immediately, or store the sandwiches in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 hours.