tofu-salad

This tofu salad makes an irresistibly tasty healthy lunch or dinner! Pair baked tofu with crunchy veggies and carrot ginger dressing.

Tofu salad

Looking for a tasty main dish salad? Have we got a recipe for you: this Baked Tofu Salad! It stars this crispy, perfectly seasoned baked tofu: so irresistible you’ll find yourself sneaking crunchy bites right off the baking sheet! Save some though, because this salad is a great way to turn them into a meal! Toss them over fresh veggies and drizzle with carrot ginger dressing or sesame dressing, and it makes a deliciously healthy dinner you won’t want to end.

Elements in this tofu salad

This colorful tofu salad is a main dish salad that turns this plant-based protein into a hearty meal. For this recipe, we chose a rainbow of vegetable colors and textures. The best part? The dressing, which smothers everything in savory goodness. Here are the elements in this salad:

Tofu Salad

Make baked tofu, or use this shortcut

This tofu salad we made especially for our favorite Crispy Baked Tofu recipe, which makes this soy product taste irresistibly good. It’s crispy on the outside, savory on the inside, and you’ll want to polish it off in one sitting. However, it takes about 45 minutes to make: so we’ve got a shortcut too.

  • Make the baked tofu before serving, or make it in advance. It’s absolutely worth the 45 minutes! To make it in advance, store refrigerated up to 3 days. Then warm it in a 350 degree oven before serving to crisp up the edges.
  • Or, try a purchased seasoned tofu! We like to use seasoned tofu like Hodo brand tofu cubes for quick weeknight meals: you can simply warm it in a skillet for a few minutes.
Baked Tofu

Salad dressing options

This tofu salad tastes great with just about any dressing, but we’ve got three options that make it taste like a dream. Here’s each one with a bit of background info:

  • Carrot ginger dressing: This Carrot Ginger Dressing has incredible flavor from fresh carrots, miso, tahini, and rice vinegar. Whiz it up in a blender.
  • Sesame dressing: This Sesame Ginger Dressing is even simpler: and the blender is optional! It features tahini, soy, ginger, and sesame oil.
  • Tahini dressing: This Tahini Dressing is the easiest of the three and takes just 2 minutes to whisk up! It’s got bold, creamy flavor.

And that’s it! Whip up this tofu salad and let us know which dressing you try in the comments below.

Tofu Salad

More tofu recipes

Tofu has grown on us over the years, and now it’s one of our favorite foods! Here are a few more tofu recipes if you’re a tofu lover like we are:

This tofu salad recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free.

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Tofu salad

Tofu Salad



  • Author:
    Sonja Overhiser

  • icon clock Total Time:
    45 minutes

  • icon cutlery Yield:
    4 salads

  • Diet:
    Vegan

Description

This tofu salad makes an irresistibly tasty healthy lunch or dinner! Pair baked tofu with crunchy veggies and carrot ginger dressing.


Ingredients


Instructions

  1. Make the Baked Tofu (takes approximately 40 minutes: open this recipe in a separate browser tab. If desired, make in advance and refrigerate until serving; warm in the oven to make it crispy again.).
  2. Meanwhile, make the dressing: Carrot Ginger Dressing, Sesame Ginger Dressing or Tahini Dressing.
  3. Prep the veggies: chop the lettuce and greens. Slice the tomatoes in half. Cut the avocado into slices. Thinly slice the radishes and green onions.
  4. Serve: Place the greens divided between shallow bowls. Top with the vegetables and the baked tofu. Drizzle with dressing and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Notes

*For a more protein-packed salad or for feeding very hungry eaters, use 1 recipe of baked tofu for 2 salads instead. (Our Baked Tofu disappears very quickly!) Make the baked tofu before serving, or make it in advance. It’s absolutely worth the 45 minutes! To make it in advance, store refrigerated up to 3 days. Then warm it in a 350 degree oven before serving to crisp up the edges. As a shortcut, try a purchased seasoned tofu: we like Hodo brand tofu cubes that you can warm in a skillet for a few minutes. 

  • icon clockPrep Time: 15 minutes
  • icon clockCook Time: 30 minutes
  • icon folderCategory: Main dish
  • icon squaresMethod: Salad
  • icon flagCuisine: Salad

Keywords: Tofu salad

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