Update 8/10/2011: I have an updated version of this chicken salad and you can find the full recipe here: The BEST Mayo-Free Chicken Salad. There are also TWO gluten-free, egg-free and soy-free mayos on the market, Soy-Free Veganaise and one by Earth Balance, called Mindful Mayo
I’ve been having some trouble in the egg-free, soy-free mayo department. I’ve tried nearly a dozen recipes but no such luck. One of my readers recommended Cybel Pascal’s recipe for Rice Milk Mayonnaise (Egg-Free, Soy-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegan), but try as I might, patience is just not one of my virtues. Cybele’s allergy-friendly mayo looks wonderful though, so I’m wondering if I can convince my husband to add the 3/4 cup’s worth of oil, drop-by-drop with a medicine dropper on my behalf!
So, what to use instead of mayo for chicken salad?
I decided to get a little crazy and go off recipe for once! There’s nothing like not having a particular ingredient as a viable option to push a girl outside of her comfort zone. Ever since I made Shauna and Danny Ahern’s recipe for Shrimp with Garlic Almond Sauce (from their new cookbook, Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef: A Love Story with 100 Tempting Recipes), I cannot seem to keep Marcona almonds (not an affiliate link, I just wanted to show you what they are in case you are unfamiliar) in stock around here…my guys absolutely LOVE that sauce (it also goes great tossed with pasta and as a tomato-free sauce for pizza…it more than makes up for the lack of cheese)! So, why not use the garlic almond sauce as a replacement for the mayo in chicken salad?
Apparently, this flavor combination knocked it out of the park, because not a morsel of the chicken salad was left when dinner was done!
Gluten Free, Grain-Free, Dairy/Casein-Free, Egg-Free, Soy-Free Chicken Salad
Grab the recipe here
I made this chicken salad a few weeks ago to take as a picnic dinner to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. If you’ve never been, I definitely recommend putting it on your list of things to see someday! We like going to the Glowdeo, which is an evening event where the special shaped hot air balloons gather together and inflate (but stay grounded), then in a beautifully choreographed moment, all of the pilots turn on the burners and the balloons glow in the crisp desert night. There is so much more to do at the balloon fiesta, in addition to all the featured ballooning events. It’s kind of like a small carnival, with shopping, fair-style food (off limits for us), and rides; they even had “controlled” bungee jumping this year (over trampolines):
The Spongebob Squarepants Hot Air Balloon was the highlight of the night for my 3 year old.
Thanks to all who entered the Kettle Cuisine gluten-free soup giveaway! I used the random number generator to pick the winners and they are:
The winner of the (2) FREE Product Coupons is…#4, Jeri!
Jeri said, “I would love to try the Tomato (with an Udi’s grilled cheese sandwich, of course).”
The winners of TWO $1.00 off product coupons are:
#21, Marsha and #10, Chris!
Marsha said, “I have already tried the chicken and rice noodle soup and it is the closest to homemade that I have ever had. I would like to try the carrot and corriander.”
Chris said, “Chicken noodles and carrot coriander are ﬁrst on my list. I really like how high the protein content is in the chicken noodle (it actually has chicken in it!). I wish the carrot coriander had some protein, but I’ll have it with some turkey. It would be great if they made a gluten, soy, and dairy free turkey/chicken pot pie soup!!!!!!! Yum! More non-dairy soups would be great!!!! Oh, Manhattan Clam chowder would be a great addition as well.”
Chris, I just love your enthusiasm! I will email each of you for your shipping information.
If you are dairy/casein-free, egg-free and soy-free, what do you use for a mayonnaise replacement?
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