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.

Ingredients

Tofu

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

Dressing

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

Salad

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

Directions

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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