Yield: approximately 1 1/2 cups
You know those weeks: full to the brim at work and in the evenings and bracketed by similarly packed weekends of entertaining, yet you invited new friends for Friday happy hour in a rare moment of downtime. Then, Friday arrives, and you realize you have nothing more substantial to serve them than cashews and olives.
This is the dip for THOSE times. On our lunch buffet at school this week was a Buffalo Chicken Salad, creamy, not chunky. The staff prepares inspired vegan food for me, but this was not and I abstained. But I have been fantasizing about it, so I dashed into the grocery on the way home, picking up the ingredients along with everything we needed to host Bob’s father’s 90th(!) birthday party and his sister’s 60th–they were born on the same day–on Sunday. Whew!
Please enjoy even when you aren’t harried or maybe especially then:
1/4 to 1/3 cup diced red onion
4 celery hearts, cut into 1-inch chunks
8 ounces chick-un substitute (I use Tofurky Sesame-Garlic Chick’n)
2 to 3 tablespoons mayo (I use Walden Farms no-calorie mayo, but use what you love)
1 tablespoon agave nectar
1 tablespoon wing sauce or Sriracha
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
Optional garnishes: sprig of herbs, green or black olive, crumbles of plant-based blue cheese or blue cheese dressing
Accompaniments: celery sticks, cucumber slices, crackers, or sturdy chips
Place onion and celery in food processor and pulse to coarsely chop. Add chick-un and pulse until finely chopped. Add remaining ingredients and pulse until mixture comes together with a creamy-course texture. Cover and refrigerate. To serve, garnish as desired and serve with vegetables, crackers, and chips.
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