If you enjoy salads that are both hot and cold, you’ll love this cool and refreshing cucumber and kale salad, topped with sriracha-sautéed tofu.
Featuring cool greens and raw vegetables layered with warm protein, it’s a dish that can be enjoyed year-round, but it’s especially welcome when you need some motivation to eat salad. The sizzling tofu contrasts deliciously with the slaw-style salad.
Complete the meal: As a main-dish salad, you can serve this with fresh bread or sautéed potatoes or sweet potatoes. For a bigger meal, serve with soup or a pasta dish.
For the tofu
- 14-ounce tub extra-firm tofu
- 1 tablespoon high-heat oil (like safflower)
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup or agave
- 1 to 2 teaspoons sriracha, or to taste
For the salad
- 4 to 5 leaves curly kale
- 1 medium cucumber, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
- 1/2 head romaine lettuce, thinly shredded
- 1/2 cup vegan mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice, or to taste
- A few sprigs cilantro or parsley, chopped, optional
- Freshly ground pepper to taste
- Cut the tofu into 8 slabs crosswise, then blot well between layers of paper towel or clean tea towel. Or, if you have a tofu press, press the tofu ahead of time before slicing. Either way, cut the slabs into small dice.
- Heat the oil, soy sauce, and sriracha in a large skillet or stir-fry pan. Stir together, and when the mixture starts to bubble, add the tofu dice.
- Cook over medium-high heat, stirring often, for 8 to 10 minutes, or until most sides are nicely browned.
- Stir in sriracha to taste. 1 teaspoon makes this mildly spicy, and you can go from there to your preferred level of heat. Remove from heat and cover.
- For the salad, first strip the kale leaves off of the stems. Discard the stems, then cut the leaves into narrow ribbons. Put the kale into a mixing bowl.
- Coat your palms with a little oil and massage the kale until it turns bright green and softens. This will take less than a minute.
- Add the remaining salad ingredients to the bowl and stir together well. Arrange on a serving platter or in a shallow bowl.
- If the tofu has cooled down at all, heat it up. Either way, arrange over the salad and serve at once.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 229Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 438mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 4gSugar: 7gProtein: 10g
Nutrition data is always an estimate depending on program used to calculate and exact products used. This is given for informational purposes only and accuracy cannot be guaranteed.
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