Vegan Egg Salad

This bright and briny vegan egg salad is just as good as the real thing! Made with turmeric, tofu, vegan mayo, and mustard, it's healthy and easy to make.

Vegan Egg Salad

I could eat this vegan egg salad for lunch every day in the spring. It’s bright and briny, creamy and tangy, and every bit as good as the real thing. Tofu steps in for the eggs, so it’s packed with enough plant-based protein to keep you full till dinner. And because you don’t need to have hard boiled eggs on hand to make it, it comes together in no time. Mix it up, pile it between slices of bread with your favorite fresh fixings, and dig in!

Vegan Egg Salad Recipe ingredients

Vegan Egg Salad Ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need to make this easy vegan egg salad recipe:

  • Extra-firm tofu perfectly mimics the texture of hard boiled eggs!
  • Vegan mayo and olive oil make up the rich, creamy base of the dressing.
  • Dijon mustard, capers, and lemon juice add bright, tangy, briny flavor.
  • Garlic, chives, and fresh dill make it feel really fresh, and they add sharp, savory depth of flavor.
  • Turmeric gives this vegan egg salad the classic yellow color that would normally come from egg yolks.
  • A pinch of celery seed is the perfect savory finishing touch!

In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the vegan mayonnaise, lemon juice, olive oil, mustard, garlic, turmeric, and capers. Stir in a pinch of salt and several grinds of black pepper, and add the tofu. Finally, stir in the herbs and celery seed, and chill until you’re ready to serve. Find the full recipe below!

Mayo, mustard, olive oil, capers, and turmeric in a bowl

Vegan Egg Salad Recipe Tips

  • Use extra-firm tofu. If you buy tofu often, you probably know that it ranges in texture from silken to extra-firm. Soft silken tofu has too high a water content to work well here – it will make your egg salad mushy! To mimic the texture of hard boiled eggs, seek out extra-firm tofu for this recipe. Before you dice it, lightly press it in kitchen or paper towels to release some of its moisture.
  • Dice, then crumble the tofu. We’re going for the texture of egg salad, not scrambled eggs, so we don’t want to crumble the tofu too much. I recommend dicing it into little 1/4-inch cubes before using your hands to lightly crumble it into the dressing, leaving some of the cubes intact.
  • Don’t skip the celery seed. Celery seed is the secret ingredient in Jack’s mom’s famous deviled eggs. Because this recipe has a similar tangy, bright, eggy flavor, I thought I’d try it here. The results were fantastic! Its savory flavor really takes this vegan egg salad over the top.

Vegan egg salad recipe Mixing tofu with vegan mayo in a bowl

Vegan Egg Salad Serving Suggestions

I like to pile this vegan egg salad onto a sandwich with watercress, radish slices, and a pop of pickled red onions. Enjoy the sandwich on its own, or serve it with a fresh salad or soup. Any of these recipes would be great choices:

For more ideas, check out my 37 Best Salad Recipes or 25 Best Soups!

Vegan egg salad sandwich with pickled onions

If you’re not in the mood for a sandwich, feel free to serve the tofu egg salad with crackers or pita or over a bed of spring greens. It will keep in the fridge for 3 to 5 days, so it’s a great recipe to make ahead for quick lunches throughout the week. See this post for my best meal prep tips!

Vegan Egg Salad Sandwich

More Favorite Sandwich Recipes

If you love this vegan egg salad sandwich, try one of these sandwich recipes next:

Then, find more healthy lunch ideas here and more vegan recipes here!

Vegan Egg Salad

rate this recipe:
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 15 mins
Serves 3
This bright & briny, tangy & creamy vegan egg salad recipe is just as good as the real thing!

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup vegan mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon capers
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 7.5 ounces extra-firm tofu, cut into ¼-inch cubes
  • Pinches of celery seed
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives

for serving:

  • 6 slices of whole-grain sandwich bread
  • Watercress or spring greens, optional
  • Pickled red onion, optional
  • Radish slices, optional

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, olive oil, mustard, capers, lemon juice, garlic, turmeric, salt, and several grinds of black pepper.
  • Mix in the tofu and then lightly crumble it with your hands, keeping some of the cubes intact. We're going for the texture of egg salad, not scrambled eggs.
  • Stir in the celery seed, dill, and chives. Chill until ready to serve.
  • Assemble the sandwiches with watercress or spring greens, a scoop of the egg salad, and pickled onions and radish slices, if desired.

This post is in partnership with the Grain Foods Foundation.

 

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  1. Mindy
    04.11.2019

    Do you squeeze the liquid from the block of tofu or just cut it up from the block?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      04.11.2019

      I gently pat the block dry before cutting it, but I don’t squeeze it too much.

  2. Deb Zak
    04.11.2019

    If you want an eggy taste use black salt (actually it’s pink) . Can get at Indian food stores, etc.

    • Erin McNamara
      07.23.2020

      Yes, agree! Takes this great recipe up a notch.

  3. Susan
    04.11.2019

    I’ve never been a fan of egg salad, although I must say yours sounds quite interesting. It is good that you have realized that food fashion trends are not worth following. I’ve done a lot of low fat diets, and hated them. Life is much better when just eating a balanced diet, and it’s easy enough to be conscious of how much/what you eat, and maintain a good weight.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      04.17.2019

      I think it’s so much better than regular egg salad – the dressing mix, in particular is so flavorful. Agreed – low fat diets had some pretty negative affects for me…

  4. Anne Van Acker
    04.11.2019

    Looking forward to making this-and I can’t wait for your new book to arrive at my house! This Spring will be filled with great food! 🙂

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      04.17.2019

      Hi Anne, I hope you enjoy the new book!!

  5. Hallie
    04.12.2019

    This recipe looks amazing. Just curious what kind of bread do you use?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      04.17.2019

      Hi Hallie, apologies for my slow reply! I used Brownberry Organic 22 Grains & Seeds – my whole family is obsessed with this bread.

  6. Kirsti
    04.15.2019

    This looks so good! I love tofu and this looks like such a tasty take on good old egg salad. Pinned to make for work next week 🙂

  7. Emilye
    04.15.2019

    totally agree with your approach to bread and eating in general 🙂 yes to bread!

  8. Lindsay
    04.30.2019

    5 stars
    This is delicious! If you make the vegan version, I highly, highly recommend swapping the sea salt for black salt (it’s not just black sea salt– it’s an ingredient you can find at South Asian/Middle Eastern stores. Or Amazon!). It adds just the slightest hint of eggy taste and makes the dish taste even better.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      05.02.2019

      I’ve heard that! I just never happen to have it on hand 🙂

    • Alicia
      07.19.2019

      Amen to this! It’s called kala namak, or black salt. Super eggy in aroma and flavor.

    • Erin McNamara
      04.21.2020

      I got it just for this recipe! Super excited to try it! Should I just swap out the exact amount of salt called for in this recipe?

      • Jeanine Donofrio
        04.22.2020

        Hi Erin, I haven’t tried, but I’d say you could swap the same amount, or start with less and add more to taste.

  9. Rebekah
    05.30.2019

    Would love to hear more about how you’ve gotten to a healthier mindset about the food you eat and not listening to diet fads. It’s awesome you’ve been able to get there and I think it would be helpful for people who struggle with food and diet (myself included).

  10. Katelin
    12.29.2019

    5 stars
    I’ve been craving a really good egg salad sandwich and this hit the spot. I was missing a few ingredients but it still turned out delicious.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      01.03.2020

      Hi Katelin, I’m so glad you loved it!

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