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This raw chicken salad recipe gets that chicken-salad-like texture by using raw cashews. This recipe is surprisingly quick to whip up if you have a food processor.
  • Prep Time

    5 min
  • Total Time

    5 min
  • Suggested Servings

    5 servings
  • Shelf Life

    Eat immediately
  • Equipment

Ingredients

Nutrition Facts

Directions

  • 1. Throw everything in a food processor. (Do not use your blender for this.)
  • 2. Process very briefly until your mixture resembles the above photo.
  • 3. You can let this raw recipe sit for half an hour or so to let the flavors combine briefly, but this raw vegan meal does not keep for very long so eat up!
  • 4. Serve as above, in lettuce wraps, in a hollowed out sweet bell pepper, or serve with avocado chunks on top!

The Rawtarian's Thoughts

By The Rawtarian

Raw vegan "chicken salad" recipes don't taste like chicken. Rather, it's their texture that give these raw vegan chicken salads their "chickenness."

This raw chicken salad recipe gets that chicken-salad-like texture by using raw cashews.

In order to make this recipe you need a food processor. And be warned, this recipe should only be food processed for literally just a few seconds (depending on the strength of your food processor) because you want to keep this raw mock chicken salad recipe quite chunky.

In other words, do not overprocess. I like my raw vegan mock chicken salad to be similar in texture to the photo.

Warning: This recipe DOES NOT keep well so you may want to half the sizes if you have a small household. Truly, it's best fresh so plan to eat it all right away.

I love the simplicity of this raw vegan chicken salad recipe. This recipe is also a good contender for substitutions... Just make sure you've got the ratio of  nuts to vegetables as per the above recipe. Do not omit the apple or the cashews, though, because they are integral to the flavor of this delicious, easy raw vegan chicken salad recipe.

Let us know what you think about this recipe in the comments!

Nutrition Overview

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  • This recipe is very low in Carbohydrates, and Sodium.
  • This recipe is low in Calories.
  • This recipe is a good source of Protein, and Iron.
  • This recipe is a noteworthy source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin B6, and Vitamin E.

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Hi my husband and i have just started eating your yummy recipies and i was just curious, are they meant to just be for one person? the servings are really big and ive been sharing them with the kids, but i was just wonding how many people thy are ment to serve. i dont want to eat to much. my husband can eat the lot :)
Thanks heaps we love your food
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i have all the ingredients in the processor ready to whirl. gonna stuff it in a pita with avocado and veganaise for a light summer dinner tonite, cuz all of a sudden it's 85* here and who wants to turn on the oven?! hoping its a winner!!

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Hannah, you are on a ROLL! You go girl :)

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absolutely delicious and easy to make!

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Glad you enjoyed, Sarah! :)

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Could you process the nuts and veggies separately then combine later to take for lunch?

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Hi Carol! You could just make it normally in the morning and then take it to work for lunch, it’ll just be a bit soggy and not as good. But still fine. It's up to you!

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Would it last long enough for me to make it in the morning and then not eat it until lunchtime at work?

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Hi Emily! I think this is doable. But no longer than that :)

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This is So delicious ! Thank you for easy and quick raw recipes ! I have recently been backsliding due to lack of time. Now I am back on track, thanks to you !

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Hi Patty! Music to my ears :) Keep that momentum going!

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I really enjoyed this recipe. I wish that I would have made 1/4 the amount because as you mentioned, it did not keep well at all. I ended up replacing celery for radish because that's all I had on hand, it turned out great. I'd make it again but definitely in much smaller portion. Thanks!!!

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The radish would be tasty. Good sub! :)

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Do I see carrots in the pics? I dont see it listed in the ingredients.

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Hi Natascha!

Good point - I recently remade this recipe and replaced the photo. I didn't have celery at the time, so I used carrots instead :)

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amazing, amazing, amazing. i always wow the non-veggies with this dish!

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So glad you're enjoying this one, Heather-Leigh

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Great recipe! I brought it to a potluck dinner last night while others ate pizza. A few tried this and really liked it! One friend even asked for the recipe. I may also halve the nuts next time and add some more veggies as another poster suggested (so I can eat more next time!) ;)

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It's always great when your friends love your recipes!

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I am loving your recipes, but a lot of them contain a lot of nuts and a number of raw foodists suggest not eating more than a handful of nuts a day.. what is your view on this?

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Everything in moderation, Shan :)

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I made this last night and would recommend the following: halve the amount of red onion-this had a very strong onion flavor to it; process all veggies and then add in the remaining ingredients for a 'chunkier' chicken salad, processing everything together and trying to get the veggies chopped turned this into more of a pate. Overall I enjoyed this and look forward of experimenting with flavors-I plan to add curry and raisins next time.

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Thank you for your suggestions, Margaret. Much appreciated.

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How long will this last in the refrigerator? Thanks!

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Hi Teri, to be honest I don't find that this recipe keeps very well, it gets kinda soggy and icky quick. Maybe 24 hrs tops, even that is a bit much. I try to get it eaten right away

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Does lemon juice need to be from a fresh lemon or can bottled juice be used?

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Hi Claire,

Fresh is best, but bottled lemon juice is fine. I keep a bottle on hand myself just in case

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Oh my goooooodness. I just made this and it's sooo dang good. I also made your breakfast bowl recipe, the one that you made a video for. I was in HEAVEN! Had I known eating raw was this good and this simple I wouldn't have been afraid to of tired it. I love that it's teaching me and exposing me to different spices and food's I would have never used or tried. Your Website is so amazing, thank you for all the work you do <3 The recipe did not call for carrot but I added some :) Loved it.

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Hi Hannah, so glad you have seen the light! . I am honored to have you here with me.

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Your "chicken salad" looks dee-lish!

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Fabulous taste & a super quick time to prepare. Absolute winner for my first recipe from your ap- looking forward to many more

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Hi Jacki, you picked a good one! What's up next for you? Made any desserts yet? :)

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This raw chicken salad recipe is fantastic!! My young daughter also enjoyed it! :) Next time no onions for her. :) LOVE IT!! :)

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Hi Sandra,

So glad you and your daughter enjoyed.

Glad to have you here :)

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I really enjoyed this! This is officially my first Rawtarian recipe, Thanks!

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Hi Lisa! So glad you enjoyed. You picked a great one to start with!

What's next on your agenda? :)

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I made this for my husband's lunch today and it was yummy. We've been transitioning to veganism because of serious health concerns and it's taking time to find recipes we like. I sure hope he comes home today saying he liked this because I loved it. BTW, I substituted macadamia nuts for the cashews.

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Hi Alba - hope your DH liked?!

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Hi there! My boyfriend cannot eat cucumbers nor red pepper. Can you suggest a substitution veggie to put in there? I so much want to try this recipe!

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Hi Isabelle, you can use zucchini instead of the cuke : )

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I just made it with a bit of substitution red pepper for cucumber as i have no ccmber in the house. Excellent! Your meals rock. You make me want to cook.

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Hi Debbie! Nice sub. Glad I make you want to uncook ;)

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Waaaaahht??? This actually tastes like chicken salad I'm stumped!! Laura between your site and juicemaster I have totally changed the way I eat and ultimately live, this is the 1st savory recipe I've tried but it will not be the last!! Amazing!!

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Hannah, you are on a ROLL! You go girl :)

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i have all the ingredients in the processor ready to whirl. gonna stuff it in a pita with avocado and veganaise for a light summer dinner tonite, cuz all of a sudden it's 85* here and who wants to turn on the oven?! hoping its a winner!!

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How was it, Suzi?

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Hi my husband and i have just started eating your yummy recipies and i was just curious, are they meant to just be for one person? the servings are really big and ive been sharing them with the kids, but i was just wonding how many people thy are ment to serve. i dont want to eat to much. my husband can eat the lot :)
Thanks heaps we love your food
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Hi Gem, Great question.

The servings, in general, are for 1 person. However, the plan is constructed so that there will be plenty of leftovers to allow the meals to spill over as snacks, meals the next day, etc. Better too little than too much as we don't want you to go hungry :)

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This was an awesome meal! I used almonds instead of pecans, because that's what I had and I added carrots and red pepper. It had no chance of keeping too long!

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Hi Lizzy,

Those sound like excellent substitutions. I am so glad you enjoyed!

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Hi, I loved the recipe. I was wondering how long it will keep in the fridge. Keep up the great work, thanks. (o:

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Hi Andy, in my experience this recipe doesn't keep well at all. An hour or so - and  then it's just a wilty soggy disappointment.  So you don't really want to have any leftovers :)

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I completely understand that this is a raw recipe site, and I am attempting to commit to a raw diet, but with a teenager, a toddler and the winter months it can be challenging. This chicken salad was great, (here's the not so raw diet part) left-overs make for a great burger. Molded and cooked in a little sunflower oil topped with macadamia mayo, avocado and kale... so tasty! Thanks for the amazing resource!!!

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Hi Nicky, sounds like you are on the right track. We all need balance in our lives and to find what's going to work for us today.  Your idea is fascinating! I wonder if I could try to add some ground flax and dehydrate my leftovers for a raw veg burger. You are getting my creative juices flowing :)

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I've toyed with the idea of raw food eating for a while. We have a great vegan/raw restaurant nearby and i love thir raw desserts. This was the first recipe of yours I tried, so impressed! Really delicious. I'll definitely be trying more, thank you so much for keeping it simple and not at all intimidating.

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Glad to have you here and that you are enjoying raw so far Lizzy :)

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What would be a good sub. For the cashews. My dad can't have them.

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Hi Holly, you could try almonds or macadamia nuts, although neither will be the same as the cashews

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oh WOW...I've tried some of your "baked" goods (the lemon squares are amazing), but this was my first attempt at a main course. I didn't have any sunflower seeds handy, so I subbed in some pumpkin seeds. So yummy! I served mine on a bed of baby spinach topped with avocado chunks. I can't wait to try making this again! (and as for another commenter suggesting serving this with grapes - I think green grapes with this would be delicious and will try it out next time!)

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Pumpkin seed would be just as good! So glad it turned out well for you. I totally agree that green grapes would be lovely. Haven't tried that combo but in my head I know it would be fab! Glad to have you here Monica

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mmmmmmm i loved it alot thank u so much

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My pleasure Marquise :) This is a handy one! I love it for a quick lunch

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Thanks so much...2 recipes in a row are winners...last night it was this salad - and it was delicious. I rather think the avocado on top is a mandatory addition - just finishes the taste, texture combo perfectly...you are making things easy for me...I don't have a dehydrator so I have my eyes out for more dinners like this and the mac and cheese.

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So glad you've made two winners, Natalie! :) xox

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How many does this serve?

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This recipes makes two large portions or three medium portions or four very small portions

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When you use nuts, do you always soak them? And then do you dehydrate them? If so, what temperature?

Thanks!

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I personally don't soak and deydrate because I don't have time . But many raw foodists do recommend this. If you do dehydrate do at 105 degrees

In my recipes, they are all unsoaked unless I specify otherwise

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How long is "not very long"? If I make it in the evening, will it be okay for lunch the following day?

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It will not be as appealing as a leftover. The colors change and it just doesn't keep well.

I recommend eating it RIGHT AWAY.

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So I would say have for lunch and then dinner the same day, after that you will want to throw out

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Absolutely delicious. Halved the recipe for two of us, but wish I hadn't for greedy portions! Followed by your brownies with chocolate icing - the best raw food meal we've eaten so far :-)

I have your best raw crackers in the dehydrator at the mo, and about to put the raw lemon cookies in too (the dough is to die for, so can't wait!) x

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You have been one busy girl! Can you come to my house next?

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((((((Laura-Jane))))))) I just made this. I scaled the recipe down by a fouth, think I went a little heavy on the onion.... Added some Herbamare, and oh my goodness. This is so awesome!!! I am eating it with with some kind of salad/herb mix. I think next time I will try some grapes with it - I love grapes with chicken salad. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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I love grapes with my chicken salad too! They have to be crisp green ones for me :)

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This is delicious!! I am afraid I made too much though. Can this be frozen for a another meal?

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Mmm no, do not freeze. that won't turn out very well.

Try to eat it up - or throw it in the dehydrator if you have one

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Loved this will deffently make it again. I did not have cashews so I used almonds that had been soaked then dehydrated so a bit softer and I really liked

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Yay!

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WOW! This is great. We made this with almonds that had been soaked overnight (didn't have the other nuts on hand) We added 4 small cloves of garlic, fresh parsley, and a dash of cayenne pepper. I can't wait to try the recipe as written. My son (who is in culinary school) and I made this together. My daughter who lives in Oregon had introduced raw eating to all of us. So good knowing you are putting all that goodness into our bodies. Thank you so much for sharing such a great way of life to all of us.

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This looks delicious! Thank you!!! Anika

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You are welcome :)

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I've finally gotten around to making this recipe. The recipe was good as is. Well I'm not a huge fan of onion, so I used 1 small green onion. Then I decide to add a few things to make it taste like my favorite restaurant - curry, raisins (I didn't have cranberries) & a dash of cumin. It was exactly what I was craving, and was still ok for lunch today, nothing weird about it. Yummy!

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Hi Natalie,

I am glad you like it and your substitutions sound really good -especially the curry. :)

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Had this for dinner tonight rolled up in Romaine leaves. Super Tasty! I'm not a big fan of dill so I used Mrs. Dash Garlic and Herb seasoning. That's what I used to put in regular chicken salad back when I ate meat still. Thanks for the recipe!

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But how can you not love dill?? Lol. I love it, it's one of my faves. :) But I do understand. We all have our preferences. That's one of the nice things about understanding more about making food from scratch -- we can suit them to our tastes :)

Bye for now Hilary!

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First, my wife and I love your site and have tried several recipes and liked them all. Thanks so much for your effort in doing this.

Second, I made the chic salad tonight and it was ok, but kind of bland for my taste. So, I'm writing to see if you have any suggestions? Also, my chic salad turned out grey rather than the beautiful fried rice color that yours has in the photo? Is there something else you added to create the color because mine was decidedly icky blah colored.

Again, thanks for your work and we really learn a lot from you.

Warmly,
Vince

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Hi Vince,

Funnily enough, I actually like the taste of this on its own without too many additions. It's important to use a really nice, crisp apple because that'll give it a nice sweetness. I like to use crisp Gala apples.

Re: color, did you soak your cashews first?

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are the nuts supposed to be soaked first? if so, how long for?

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Hi Dawn, no, it is not necessary to soak the cashews :)

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I just found your site through whole food for the whole family and am loving that you specify which recipes NEED a food processor. I don't have a large one yet but that way I don't try it in the blender and get stressed. :) I'm loving your recipes!

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Great to meet you Angela! Yes, whether you make it in a food processor or a Vitamix can make a big difference so it's important to make the right equipment.

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Just wondering about the nutritional facts. Thank You, Kim

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I don't tend to keep nutritional facts on hand, Kim. Feel free to Google 'em.

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Tried it. very tasty. Thanks :-)

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Glad it tickled your fancy :)

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