Sesame-Crusted Tofu Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette

The Good News Tofu is rich in isoflavones, compounds that may help reduce cholesterol levels and fight cancer. It's also a great source of protein and B vitamins.

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  • 1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons snipped chives
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Asian sesame oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds
  • Two 14-ounce blocks soft tofu, drained, each cut into 6 slices
  • 1/4 cup pure olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 6 ounces mesclun (10 loosely packed cups)
  • 1/4 cup mint leaves
  • 1/4 cup torn basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes

How to make this recipe

  1. In a small bowl, combine the soy sauce with the chives, ginger, sesame oil, garlic and shallot. Spread the sesame seeds on a large plate. Press one side of each slice of tofu into the sesame seeds so the seeds adhere. In each of 2 large nonstick skillets, heat 2 tablespoons of the pure olive oil until shimmering. Add the tofu, coated side down, and cook over moderate heat until lightly golden, about 9 minutes. Carefully flip the tofu slices, pour the soy mixture between them and simmer for 3 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, mix the sherry vinegar with the orange juice, lemon juice and extra-virgin olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Add the mesclun, mint and basil and toss to coat. Mound the salad in shallow bowls or on plates and scatter the tomatoes all around. Transfer the tofu to the bowls and serve.


One Serving 519 cal, 43 gm fat, 4.9 gm saturated fat, 21 gm carb, 6 gm fiber.

Contributed By Photo © Pernille Pedersen Published September 2004

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