Detox Salad with Baked Sesame Tofu

I’m on a veggie kick right now. Can you tell?

I started with my pretty detox smoothie, and this week I’m all about this tasty, veggie-packed salad. It’s got leafy greens, carrots and red cabbage, and crispy sesame tofu bites for protein. Yum!

I like baking tofu this way because it gets crispy on the outside and has a nice, slightly chewy texture. I marinated the tofu before baking; this is my standard marinade, but you can mix it up with whatever marinade ingredients you like. I tossed the tofu cubes in sesame seeds before baking to add an extra level of tastiness. Paired with crunchy veggies and a tangy lime vinaigrette, this salad is the perfect way to stick to your resolutions and be satisfied! Plus it’s so pretty. Which is obviously an essential part of salad making.



1 block tofu, cut into 1 inch cubes

3/4 cup tamari

1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

1/4 cup water

1 tbsp sesame oil

1 tsp red chilli flakes

pinch sesame seeds


Juice of 1 lime

1 tbsp soy sauce

1 clove garlic, minced and crushed with the blade of your knife

pinch cayenne pepper

pinch red chilli flakes

1 tsp sugar


1 cup kale or other leafy green, roughly chopped

1 carrot, sliced with julienne peeler, or sliced very thin

1/2 cup shredded red cabbage

Plus whatever other veggies you want to throw in


Make tofu: Place chopped tofu in a medium bowl. Add all marinade ingredients except sesame seeds. Marinate in the fridge, at least half an hour and up to overnight.

Preheat oven to 350 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Drain tofu and toss onto baking sheet. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Bake until tofu is golden and slightly puffy, 20-25 minutes, depending on how big your pieces are. Toss tofu about halfway through cooking time.

Let cool and store, up to 5 days, in an airtight container in the fridge.

Make dressing: whisk together all dressing ingredients. Set aside.

Put salad together: toss veggies in a bowl with a bit of dressing. Top with some tofu cubes and, if you want, another pinch of sesame seeds.

This colourful, healthy salad makes the perfect protein- and vitamin-packed lunch. A tasty way to stay on track this month!


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