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April 25, 2010

Better'n Chicken Salad Tangy Wraps

The picture does not convey the yumness. This is because I made 240 of these and photography was not a strong point by 10 pm when I finished all the chopping, mixing, and wrapping.

From the Delight Soy site.

Intros and Inspirations

The Earth Day Festival, Durham, NC. Chickens. Connection between diet & planet. The Delight Soy “I cannot believe it's not chicken” patties (pictured above) owned/distributed by nice folks (pictured below) from Morrisville.

The owners of Delight Soy of Morrisville. They are like celebrities. Or, as I mentioned to them, drug dealers (if drugs are Delight Soy patties).

History of Dish

I had never made Chicken Salad, vegan or otherwise, ever. But I kind of had a feeling that anything you do with the delicious Delight Soy patties could not go wrong. Except maybe making soy sundaes with them.

After a few searches on the web, I did not find any recipes that looked good to me, but did get the gist of what goes into Chicken Salad, and used these ideas to create this version.

I made about 240 to give away for free at the Earth Day Festival. Huge thanks to VegFund for sponsoring the giveaway, which included literature from Vegan Outreach and Compassion Over Killing as well.

"Free samples?"

I actually stood during most of the event from 12-5. Martyr points, check.

I've reduced the recipe here for normal household use.


About 15 burrito-size wraps, or 60 bite-sized, depending on amount of filling placed in the wrap and the size of the wrap. And how much you eat while you're making this delicious mix.

Ingredients / Mixing/Blending

Chop finely:

  • 4 cups Soy Delight brand “chicken” patties*
  • 5 green onions (scallions)
  • 6 stalks celery
  • ½ cup red bell pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh dill

Mix together:

  • ½ cup sweet relish
  • 1 Tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1 cup Vegenaise* (add another 1/2 cup if you prefer very creamy)
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 cup lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon Kosher salt

Combine the chopped ingredients with the above mix. Spread on bread for a sandwich, or wrap up in a tortilla.

* Both Soy Delight patties and Vegenaise are available at the Whole Foods Market.


Festival goers enjoying the wraps. Even the kids loved them.

I could not believe how well these were received. Many people found us after others had told them how good they were. Folks could not believe they were not actually chicken. Most wanted the recipe, which is another reason I'm posting it here.

Special note to Durham restaurants: carry this product!


Several versions online contained scary things like raisins. Add at your own peril! Spicy chipotle powder would be a delicious addition.


Best summarized by one attendee, who said: “If this ain't chicken, then what's in my mouth?”

Rob Beloved with his tray and soy chicken wrap love.

Special thanks to those who helped hand out literature as well, and to everyone who tried a sample.

1 comment:

  1. Those look fantastic and yummy! You will change people's minds about chicken with the Soy Delight. It's an amazing product and we're so lucky that they're local. I made a Soy Delight "chick" salad recently with dried cranberries, toasted walnuts and a mustard vinaigrette.