Prize-Winning Curried Tofurky Orzo Salad


Years ago we featured the winners of a big Tofurky Leftovers contest. Time passed, and though the dishes remained beloved, they were buried in our news section! So I’m shifting the post to our recipe section and featuring the Grand-Prize orzo salad winner for using up remaining slices of that Tofurky roast from your big Thanksgiving Feast.

Vegan Recipes for Using Tofurky Leftovers including a Grand-Prize winning Curried Tofurky Orzo Salad (also great for summer barbecues!)

For the Thanksgiving Tofurky Leftovers Contest, a panel of six testers devoured and rated the submitted vegan recipes of about 40 Tofurky Home Chefs. The Grand Prize went to Laureen Pittman of California with her Curried Tofurky Orzo Salad (recipe below). This dish, with subtle curry flavor, a rich orzo base and comfort ingredients, is easy to make, attractive to serve and very delicious.

Laureen reports that, “I always enjoy experimenting with different Tofurky products. My husband is a vegetarian, but my two sons are definitely meat-and-potato kids. But, they are adventurous enough eaters to try different type of food.”

Special Diet Notes: Curried Tofurky Orzo Salad

By ingredredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, peanut-free, vegan / plant-based, and vegetarian.

For a nut-free orzo salad, omit the almonds or use sunflower seeds in their place, and ensure the Tofurky leftovers are safe for your needs.

Vegan Curried Tofurky Orzo Salad
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This is a grand-prize winning recipe from a Tofurky Leftovers contest. It's perfect for delicious eats following your big Thanksgiving Feast, but is also a winner for barbecues and picnics during the warmer times of the year. For a colorful presentation, serve this orzo salad on a bed of fresh green lettuce leaves.
Serves: 4 to 6 servings
  1. Cook the orzo according to the package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water. Pour into a large serving dish or storage container.
  2. Whisk the mayonnaise, vinegar, mustard, curry, garlic, coriander, cardamom, salt, and cayenne in a medium bowl until smooth.
  3. Fold the dressing into the cooled orzo. Add the Tofurky, cranberries, celery, onion and parsley. Stir gently until combined well.
  4. This orzo salad can be made up to a day ahead of time and actually benefits from some time spent in the refrigerator. If making the salad ahead of time, be sure to toss it gently before serving. Add salt to taste.
Most mayonnaise is dairy-free. To veganize this recipe, simply use one of the great vegan mayonnaise alternatives on the market, such as Nasoya or Vegenaise.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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