The Best Damn Tofu Salad + A Giveaway!
I’m sorry for cursing but I had to get your attention.
Because let’s be real, ain’t nobody gonna get excited over a tofu salad, meh.
BUT…if it’s the BEST damn tofu salad you’ve ever had in your entire life then you might feel a little different, yes?
Let’s hope so because I promise you it’s worth trying!
It’s actually inspired by an amazing local Bay Area restaurant called Spice Kit. The owners are a couple of retired chefs who worked in fine dining restaurants, such as the renowned French Laundry in Napa, and decided that they wanted to try something a little more laid back. With that in mind, they decided to create a relaxed and casual restaurant that serves up the most delicious Asian Street Food.
It’s not a sit down and be served kind of place. You have to order at the counter and tell them what you want but even still, the quality is top notch. Think Chipotle meets Asian cuisine.
They have three locations in the Bay Area and I was lucky enough to discover one in the East Bay a few months ago in San Ramon. The first thing that caught my eye on their menu was the salad made with organic mixed greens, cucumber, radish, jicama, mango and peanuts. I ordered it with their soy braised tofu and sesame vinaigrette and UGH, it was love at first bite.
I’ve gone back for that salad more times than I can count because I love it so much.
All I did was chop up their Sesame Ginger Tofu into squares and sauté it in a pan, then added it on top of the greens with the other veggies and whipped up a super simple sesame vinaigrette made from rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, and tamari.
The salty flavors of the tamari and the peanuts pair wonderfully with the sweet mango and the richness of the sesame oil. Then the crisp radishes, jicama, and cool cucumber give it amazing texture. It really is the best!
I’m excited to try all of the other flavors Nasoya sent me and I’m even more excited for YOU to try them too because they’re going to send one of you the same gift package they sent me which includes all of the varieties pictured below!
All you have to do is leave a comment telling me which flavor you’re most excited to try and I’ll pick a winner one week from today! **THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO ENTERED!**
8 ounces Nasoya Sesame Ginger Tofu*
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 teaspoon reduced-sodium tamari
5 ounces organic mixed greens
1 small mango, sliced into thin strips
4 ounces jicama, sliced into thin strips
4 radishes, thinly sliced
1/2 medium-size cucumber, thinly sliced
1/4 cup roasted and salted peanuts
4 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon reduced-sodium tamari
1 teaspoon sesame oil
- Warm a large skillet over medium heat and lightly grease with olive oil. Cut the tofu into 1-inch cubes then add it to the skillet along with one teaspoon of tamari. Cook for about 7 minutes, tossing frequently with a spatula, until golden brown on the edges.
- Meanwhile prepare the dressing by combining all three ingredients in a small bowl and whisking together.
- Then make the salads by distributing the greens onto two large plates. Top each with radishes, cucumber, mango, jicama and peanuts.
- Once the tofu is done, divide it among both salads. Top with desired amount of dressing and enjoy!
*Nutrition facts are for this recipe with plain tofu. Please adjust according to whatever type of marinated tofu you use.