Sesame Tofu Salad
- prep time15 min
- total time 30 min
- serves 2 - 4
This easy, vegetarian salad is a wonderful mix of greens, onion, tomatoes, mandarin oranges, tofu, fresh ginger and a flavourful dressing.
¼ cup low-sodium soy sauce
¼ cup rice wine vinegar, plus more if needed
2 Tbsp fresh ginger, minced
2 Tbsp brown sugar, plus more if needed
¾ tsp toasted sesame oil
1 pinch red pepper flakes
2 cloves garlic, minced
⅔ cup + 2 Tbsp olive oil
1 (14-oz) package extra-firm tofu, cut into cubes
2 Tbsp sesame seeds
1 (10-oz) package mixed greens
1 cup red grape tomatoes, halved
½ red onion, very thinly sliced
1 (11-oz) can mandarin oranges, drained
1. To make the dressing: Put the soy sauce, vinegar, ginger, brown sugar, sesame oil, red pepper flakes, garlic and 2/3 cup of the olive oil into a blender. Blend until completely emulsified. Taste the dressing and adjust to your taste, adding more vinegar or sugar as needed. Pour half of the dressing into a jar and refrigerate for the salad.
2. Put the tofu cubes into a bowl and pour over the remaining dressing. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour.
3. Remove the tofu from the dressing and pat dry. Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the tofu on all sides until nicely browned and crisp, about 10 minutes. Toss in the sesame seeds and cook for another minute. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate.
4. To assemble the salad, put the mixed greens, halved tomatoes and sliced onion in a large bowl. Pour on half the remaining dressing, reserving the rest for later use. Toss to coat. Arrange the tofu and mandarin oranges all over the greens. Serve immediately.