You can never go wrong with a nutritious salad. This one is vegan and fresh-- guaranteed to taste incredible and contribute towards health and wellness. For a salad, this recipe is a bit involved but absolutely worth it. Enjoy!
Prep Time: 1 hour 30 minutes (including marination)
1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar, plus more if needed
2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
2 tablespoons brown sugar, plus more if needed
3/4 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
Pinch red pepper flakes
2 cloves garlic, minced
2/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil
One 14-ounce package extra-firm tofu, cut into cubes
2 tablespoons organic sesame seeds
One 10-ounce package mixed greens
1 cup organic red grape tomatoes, halved
1/2 organic red onion, very thinly sliced
One 11-ounce can mandarin oranges, drained
- 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.
- Put the tofu cubes into a bowl and pour over the remaining dressing. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour.
- 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.
- 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.