The best thing about tofu—besides its nutritional value—is the way it carries other flavors, such as the tanginess of this sesame dressing. Serve this warm salad with crunchy breadsticks and a tall glass of iced jasmine tea.
Nutrition per serving may change if servings are adjusted.
3 tablespoons canola oil
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
2 teaspoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 14-ounce package extra-firm, water-packed tofu, rinsed, patted dry and cut into 1-inch cubes
8 cups mixed salad greens
2 medium carrots, peeled, halved lengthwise and sliced
1 large cucumber, chopped
Whisk canola oil, vinegar, honey, soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger and salt in a bowl.
Place tofu and 2 tablespoons of the dressing in a large nonstick skillet. Cook over medium-high heat, turning every 2 to 3 minutes, until golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes total. Remove from the heat, add 1 tablespoon of the dressing to the pan and stir to coat.
Toss greens, carrots and cucumber with the remaining dressing. Serve immediately, topped with the warm tofu.
Make Ahead Tip: The dressing (Step 1) will keep, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Whisk just before using.
People with celiac disease or gluten-sensitivity should use soy sauces that are labeled "gluten-free," as soy sauce may contain wheat or other gluten-containing sweeteners and flavors.
236 calories;16 g fat(2 g sat); 5 g fiber; 16 g carbohydrates; 11 g protein; 165 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 9 g sugars; 4 g added sugars; 11058 IU vitamin A; 23 mg vitamin C; 286 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 454 mg sodium; 749 mg potassium
I made this salad, minus the honey and veggies, and with the addition of some minced scallions and roasted shrimp. I was trying to duplicate a recipe that is served at our local Chinese restaurant and this comes very close. It is delicious! Next time I might add a tad more ginger but otherwise it is great as is.
June 03, 2010
By: EatingWell User
This salad is delicious! The tofu added a nice touch to it. We will definitely make this again!
October 08, 2009
By: EatingWell User
My mom and I made this together and it not only smells delicious but is packed with flavor. We divided up the salad up into 4 containers for easy serving. I'm trying this for my family.