Tofu Cucumber Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing


Making tofu tastier can be as simple as tossing it in a knockout sauce like this Sichuan-inspired peanut dressing. To make this cucumber salad recipe a meal, add rice noodles and double the dressing. Serve with an extra drizzle of sesame oil and sliced scallions.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
4 servings


Spicy Peanut Dressing

  • 1 ½ tablespoons natural peanut butter

  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar

  • 1 ½ teaspoons toasted (dark) sesame oil

  • 1 teaspoon black bean-garlic sauce

  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger

  • ½ teaspoon chile-garlic sauce or Sriracha, or to taste

  • ½ teaspoon sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon finely chopped garlic

  • ¼ teaspoon ground Sichuan peppercorns


  • 8 ounces extra-firm water-packed tofu, drained and cut into 1/2-inch cubes

  • 1 large English cucumber, quartered and sliced 3/4 inch thick

  • 1 cup coarsely chopped cilantro, divided

  • ¼ cup chopped salted roasted peanuts

  • ¼ cup thinly sliced scallion greens


  1. To prepare dressing: Combine peanut butter, soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, black bean-garlic sauce, ginger, chile-garlic sauce (or Sriracha), sugar, garlic and ground peppercorns in a medium bowl; whisk until well combined.

  2. To prepare salad: Combine tofu, cucumber and 3/4 cup cilantro in a large bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of the dressing; toss until well coated. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

  3. To serve, transfer salad to a serving bowl. Drizzle with the remaining dressing. Top with peanuts, scallions and the remaining cilantro.



To make ahead: Refrigerate peanut dressing (Step 1) for up to 1 week; bring to room temperature and whisk before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

167 Calories
12g Fat
7g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 167
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 3g
Added Sugars 1g 2%
Protein 10g 20%
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Vitamin A 484IU 10%
Vitamin C 7mg 8%
Folate 19mcg 5%
Sodium 316mg 14%
Calcium 188mg 14%
Iron 2mg 11%
Magnesium 38mg 9%
Potassium 278mg 6%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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