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!