Friday, November 11, 2011

Asian Salad with Crispy Tofu

Asian salad with crispy tofu

We enjoyed this refreshing salad for a quick dinner last week. What I particularly enjoyed about this salad, was that everything can be prepared in advance and just tossed together before serving. The quantity below is just a rough guide, use your common sense, gut feeling and adjust for your taste.

Adapted from
Romaine Lettuce
Half a red pepper, sliced
1/2 cup shredded carrots
Handful of sugar snap peas
1 cup broccoli florets, blanched in boiling water for about 2-3 min until just tender
1 TBS sesame seeds, toasted for topping

Toss everything except the sesame seeds and keep aside

For the crispy tofu
Extra firm tofu, quantity as needed, cut in triangles
1 cup water
1 TBS soy sauce
1 bay leaf
Whole wheat flour
Corn meal
Olive oil
Sesame oil

Bring the water, soy sauce and bay leaf to a boil, add the cut tofu and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove the tofu and let cool. Dredge the tofu in a mixture of wheat flour and corn meal. Heat some olive oil and sear the tofu until brown/caramelized on both sides. Toss some sesame oil on top.

NOTE: Tofu can be prepared up to 8 hours in advance. Warm the tofu again on a pan before serving if prepared in advance.

~2 TBS olive oil
1 tsp sesame oil
1 TBS soy sauce
Dash of sriracha sauce
1 clove of garlic, grated or minced
1 tsp grated ginger

Whisk everything together and toss with the salad just before serving


Toss the dressing with the salad just before serving. Arrange the warm tofu on top. Drizzle some toasted sesame seeds on top for a great garnish.