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Vegan Jackfruit Salad Sandwich • It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken

There’s a new vegan sandwich in town that is going to blow your mind: vegan jackfruit salad sandwich! Flakey, briney, and totally scrumptious, this recipe is like a vegan tuna salad sandwich but better! Just 10 minutes to make and only 10 ingredients, and it tastes even better the next day so it’s perfect for making ahead. Win win win win win!

Vegan Jackfruit Salad Sandwich! Just 10 ingredients and 10 minutes to make. Jackfruit is the perfect vegan sub for tuna or chicken. And best yet this tastes even better made ahead of time, making it perfect for meal prep. #itdoesnttastelikechicken #veganrecipes

If you’re new to jackfruit, yes it’s a fruit! Jackfruit is very sweet when ripe, but when you use young green jackfruit it is pretty mild in taste. The texture is flakey, chewy, and very meat-like, making it the perfect sandwich filling. The key is to use young green jackfruit that is in brine or water (not syrup).

I’m lucky enough that my local grocery store carries young green jackfruit in cans, but if yours doesn’t you can purchase it online, at health food stores, or vegan supply stores. I like to stock up with several cans at a time so that I can easily whip up vegan jackfruit salad sandwiches, my jackfruit tacos, my pulled jackfruit, or my buffalo jackfruit. YUM!

Vegan Jackfruit Salad Sandwich! Just 10 ingredients and 10 minutes to make. Jackfruit is the perfect vegan sub for tuna or chicken. And best yet this tastes even better made ahead of time, making it perfect for meal prep. #itdoesnttastelikechicken #veganrecipes

Other than jackfruit, the key to making this sandwich so yummy is to use capers. Capers can be found in the pickle or olive section of your grocery store. They are small and briney so they really add that extra oomf to this sandwich. I also use capers in my caesar salad dressing for that same reason.

To make a Vegan Jackfruit Salad Sandwich:

Canned green young jackfruit in brine or in water.

Drain and rinse the jackfruit and pat it dry with a clean towel. Make sure to dry as much water as possible so that the salad isn’t soggy.

Dry the jackfruit then mash it with a potato masher

Add the jackfruit to a large bowl and use a potato masher to mash the jackfruit until it is broken up and looks shredded. Sometimes jackfruit can be quite tender while sometimes it can be tougher, so if you have a tougher jackfruit it might take a bit of strength mash. If you prefer you can first chop the jackfruit as directed in this post before mashing it to make it a bit easier to mash.

Mix it with vegan mayo and other seasonings. Enjoy!

Add all of the remaining jackfruit salad ingredients to the bowl along with the mashed jackfruit and stir well to combine.

Vegan Jackfruit Salad Sandwich! Just 10 ingredients and 10 minutes to make. Jackfruit is the perfect vegan sub for tuna or chicken. And best yet this tastes even better made ahead of time, making it perfect for meal prep. #itdoesnttastelikechicken #veganrecipes

To make vegan jackfruit salad sandwiches: toast the bread if desired. Layer 4 slices of bread with a lettuce leaf (if using) and then follow with a generous serving of the vegan jackfruit salad. Top with the remaining slices of bread and serve.

I also love this jackfruit salad filling served in lettuce leaves to make yummy lettuce wraps, or served as a dip with crackers. Yum!

Bon appetegan!

Sam Turnbull

 

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Vegan Jackfruit Salad Sandwich

Just 10 ingredients and 10 minutes to make. Jackfruit is the perfect vegan sub for tuna or chicken. And best yet this tastes even better made ahead of time, making it perfect for meal prep.

Prep Time10 mins

Total Time10 mins

Course: Main Course

Cuisine: American

Servings: 4

Calories: 231kcal

Ingredients

For the jackfruit salad:

  • 1 can (20 oz) young green jackfruit in brine or in water, drained, rinsed, and patted dry
  • ¼ cup vegan mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon capers, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon caper brine (the liquid in the jar of capers)
  • 2 ribs celery, chopped
  • ¼ cup red onion, finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon dried dill (or 1 teaspoon fresh dill)
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

To make a sandwich:

  • 8 slices bread (check to make sure it’s vegan)
  • 4 lettuce leaves, or any other toppings you desire (optional)

Instructions

  • Drain and rinse the jackfruit and pat it dry with a clean towel. Make sure to dry as much water as possible so that the salad isn’t soggy. Add the jackfruit to a large bowl and use a potato masher to mash the jackfruit until it is broken up and looks shredded. Sometimes jackfruit can be quite tender while sometimes it can be tougher, so if you have a tougher jackfruit it might take a bit of strength mash. If you prefer you can first chop the jackfruit as directed in this post before mashing it to make it a bit easier to mash.
  • Add all of the remaining jackfruit salad ingredients to the bowl along with the mashed jackfruit and stir well to combine.

  • To make vegan jackfruit salad sandwiches: toast the bread if desired. Layer 4 slices of bread with a lettuce leaf (if using) and then follow with a generous serving of the vegan jackfruit salad. Top with the remaining slices of bread and serve.

Notes

Oil-free: to make oil-free, sub my vegan sour cream from Fuss-Free Vegan or store-bought vegan yogurt for the mayonnaise. 
Other uses: this jackfruit salad is great on a sandwich, but it’s also delicious served with crackers as a kind of dip, or on lettuce leaves to make lettuce wraps. 
Make ahead:  The jackfruit salad sandwich mixture tastes even better the next day making it the perfect make-ahead meal. Store prepared jackfruit salad in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Make the sandwiches fresh.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving (recipe makes 4 servings) | Calories: 231kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 356mg | Potassium: 214mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 106IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 79mg | Iron: 1mg


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