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Thursday, June 9, 2016

3 quick, refreshing tofu salads

If you eat tofu, you're probably familiar with the process of draining it. (Draining water out of tofu helps it to soak up other flavors better!) Wrapping it in paper towels and/or tea towels, and placing heavy books, tea kettles, cast iron pans on top of it to squeeze the water out. It can take a while. I haven't eaten meat in 11 years, and for that time Nasoya has been my go-to tofu brand. Since I'm a creature of habit I always buy 2 packages of Nasoya's extra firm tofu when I grocery shop, but recently I tried TofuBaked for the first time.

 Busy tofu-lovers rejoice! TofuBaked is already drained, seasoned, and baked so you can eat the tofu right out of the package. There are three flavors-- teriyaki, chipotle, and sesame ginger. I love this product because it's so quick and easy, perfect if you're short on time or if you don't have that much experience cooking with tofu. I tried out 3 different salad recipes using TofuBaked and I loved all of them. If you like refreshing, flavorful salads, keep reading!

I used the sesame ginger flavor to make a Sesame Ginger Mandarin Salad. This is a quick and easy salad to prepare, and delicious of course. This salad requires:
  • 1 package of Sesame Ginger TofuBaked cut into chunks
  • 1 package of spring salad mix
  • 1 cup of shredded carrots
  • 1 can of mandarin oranges drained
  • 1 avocado cut into chunks
  • 1/2 cup toasted sliced almonds
  • 1 tbsp. sesame seeds

I used the chipotle TofuBaked to make a Tofu Taco Salad, but with my own spin-- I used kale instead of lettuce. Have you ever used kale for taco salads? It works surprisingly well. Anyway, for this salad you'll need:
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 4 cups chopped Romaine lettuce (or kale!)
  • 1 package (8 ounces) Nasoya Chipotle-Flavored Baked Tofu, crumbled
  • 3/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup sliced black olives
  • Sour cream, if desired

I used the teriyaki TofuBaked to make a Thai Salad. For this salad you'll need:
  • ½ small purple cabbage, coarsely chopped
  • 1 large carrot, coarsely shredded
  • 5 scallions, sliced
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 package TofuBaked (any flavor), cubed
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds, optional
and for the dressing: 
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce/tamari
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

Which salad looks the best to you? What is your favorite way to eat tofu? Let me know in the comments!

*I received these products complimentary from Nasoya for testing purposes and all opinions stated here are mine. Thanks to Nasoya for making this post possible!*
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