Easy Dinner: Tofu Salad

I’ve already talked about how much I like the little black dress of proteins and today I have another easy, healthy recipe for you.

I’ve been seeing some good tofu recipes from some of my favorite bloggers in the last few weeks, and it reminded me that I haven’t made tofu in a while. However I also haven’t gone to the grocery store in a while so I decided to make do with what I have in my fridge and make a simple tofu salad.

tofu salad bowl

I just threw together a salad bowl brimming with a mix of spring greens and spinach, then topped it with some spicy tofu “croutons” plus grape tomatoes and blue cheese crumbles. Even though this was a salad bowl, this meal was still filling and comforting. I know that the usual connotation of “comfort food” is heavy, hearty meals (mac and cheese, chili, roasts, etc) and I love those kinds of foods too, but I also often crave for healthier fare. Believe it or not, I don’t always equate calories with comfort.

Also, I ate a chocolate bar after this salad.

the only thing I needed to cook was the tofu and I started with garlic, the base for any good marinade

I made an easy marinade with 3 cloves garlic and 1 tablespoon each of soy sauce, Worcestechire sauce, apple cider vinegar, and sriracha (I added some ground black pepper too – no need for salt since the soy sauce already has a lot of sodium)

marinate the tofu for about 30 minutes (I used Nasoya super firm cubed tofu)

in a big pan, heat about a tablespoon of olive oil and pan fry the tofu until it starts to brown

then just assemble your salad bowl: greens, tofu, tomatoes, a little bit of blue cheese

I squeezed some lemon juice on top of mine and drizzled with an herbes de provence olive oil

This was my first time eating tofu with blue cheese and I must say that I’m pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it (although really, I tend to like anything with blue cheese). I ate about half of the tofu and saved some for the next day, which I then ate with brown rice and broccoli (I ran out of barbecue sauce – booo).

I did not eat a chocolate bar the next day. Really.

I will be making more tofu dishes soon!

Speaking of dishes, I wanted to talk a little bit about a new website called Tasted Menu (Boston). It offers reviews of individual dishes at restaurants (for example, instead of just reading a review about Craigie on Main, you’ll read about specific dishes there like the burger and the crispy pig tails) which I think is pretty cool. I personally read a lot of restaurant reviews from blogs and Yelp and Urbanspoon and other resources (and I write a lot of reviews myself too), but Tasted Menu is a very user-friendly website – it’s easy to search for a specific restaurant or a dish/cuisine/ingredient. I’m an early contributor and I’m excited to see it take off! It is officially launching to the Boston public in mid-October, but if you want to request an invite, just go to the Tasted Menu site and use the word “bianca” as your invite code :)

And if you don’t feel like eating out and researching individual dishes at restaurants, well then you can always cook tofu at home.

It seems to me that tofu is like cottage cheese – people either hate it or love it. What do you think of tofu? Any favorite recipes?


16 Responses to “Easy Dinner: Tofu Salad”

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    Michelle posted September 18, 2011 at 9:32 am

    LOVE tofu!

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    Emily @ A Cambridge Story posted September 18, 2011 at 11:38 am

    I’m a recent convert to tofu (hate cottage cheese though) – this is a great idea for a light and easy meal!

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    Alaina posted September 18, 2011 at 11:40 am

    Yummy, I love tofu!! I haven’t cooked it recently though.

    I just got an invite to Tasted Menu! I’m definitely going to join. :-)

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    Maris (In Good taste) posted September 18, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    i absolutely love this salad!

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    Michelle Collins posted September 18, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    I love tofu! We make a lot of tofu stir frys, but I also love making mock “chicken” salad with tofu. One of my friends also just sent me a recipe for tofu parm that I can’t wait to try out!

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    Heather posted September 18, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    I like tofu. Just bought some tonight actually, thinking of adding it to some pasta salad.

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    Meghan@travelwinedine posted September 19, 2011 at 7:29 am

    I am a tofu fan! I like using it in lasagna as cheese for a protein packed kick. I also like pan frying it for salads. It’s definitely really versatile!

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      Bianca Garcia posted September 19, 2011 at 11:59 am

      Oooh I have not yet used tofu in lasagna (or any other kind of pasta) – great idea!

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    blackbookkitchendiaries posted September 19, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    this sounds really good… it’s been awhile since I ate tofu as well… thank you for sharing this.

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      Bianca Garcia posted September 20, 2011 at 3:21 pm

      Thanks! Don’t you love how reading food blogs remind you of foods you’ve always liked but somehow forget about? ;)

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet posted September 20, 2011 at 6:25 am

    I haven’t had tofu in a while but I like the way you cooked it and mixed it with all the delicious other salad components!

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    Joanne posted September 20, 2011 at 6:38 am

    LOVE tofu! And LOVE you for the shout out!

    This salad looks awesome…especially with blue cheese! I wouldn’t need chocolate after that either.

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    shannon posted September 20, 2011 at 9:20 am

    I’m a fan when done right :) Usually roasted is my go-to!

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    Beth (Well I'll Be) posted September 20, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    I’ve never tried marinating tofu before, but the one you concocted above looks amazing. I love anything with sriracha sauce in it though. I’ll definitely have to try this to switch up my usual salad scene!

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    Daisy posted September 21, 2011 at 10:39 am

    i love tofu but i have never cooked it, this is a great recipe. i also love tasted menu so so much, especially the perks we get to enjoy in the coming weeks. cant wait to see you!!

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    Biana @ TastyGalaxy.com posted October 20, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    Thanks for the great idea for using tofu in a salad! I usually use tofu in stir fries, but will have to try using it in salads as well.

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