Salad

Japanese Style Salad with Tofu and Kale

Tofu (bean curd) and kale salad is super healthy and nutritious. It’s a great dish for vegans, however the Japanese style fried garlic flavoured dressing makes this salad everyone’s favourite!

Are you one of those people who knows tofu is good for you but isn’t so keen on it? If so, this delicious salad recipe is for you.

Looking gorgeous and vegan friendly: it’s a perfect dish for parties.

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Ingredients

75g Kale

1 packet Tofu

1 Spring Onion (chopped)

2 cloves Garlic (thinly sliced)

2 tbs Soy Sauce

1 and 1/2 tbs Apple Vinegar

2 tbs Sesame Oil

2 tsp Sugar

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Method

  1. Boil the kale for 3 minutes. Dice the tofu. Arrange them in a serving bowl.
  2. Heat the sesame oil in a frying pan. Add the garlic and fry over a medium heat until golden brown.
  3. Add the soy sauce, apple vinegar, and sugar to the frying pan. Once boiled, turn off the heat. Leave to cool.
  4. Sprinkle the spring onion over the kale and tofu in a bowl and add the dressing.

Key

  • You can find tofu for this recipe easily in your local supermarket nowadays. I use the one pictured below.

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Vinegary Salad of Cucumber and Wakame

Vinegary salad, or we call it “Sunomono” which literally means vinegary dish, is a very popular side dish in Japan. Its clean and refreshing flavour goes well with any main dishes. It’s oil free so you don’t need to worry about calories, though you can get all the goodness from the Wakame seaweed which is packed with all the vitamins and minerals from the sea.

Ingredients For 2

150g Cucumber

5g Dried Wakame (Seaweed)

1 tbs Salt

2 tbs Rice vinegar

1 tbs Sugar

1 tbs Parched white sesame

Method

  1. Soak the dried Wakame (Seaweed) in a bowl to reconstitute and drain.
  2. Cut the cucumber in half lengthways and slice thinly. Place the cucumber slices in a bowl and sprinkle the salt, then massage them. Wash out the salt and squeeze out excess water from the cucumber.
  3. Place the vinegar and the sugar in a bowl. Mix well until the sugar is dissolved. Add the Wakame, cucumber and sesame. Mix well then serve.

Tofu (Bean curd) and Avocado salad with Wasabi Sauce

Some of you might say that Tofu, a block of soy bean curd, tastes bland and boring. If you are one of these people, please try this recipe. It only takes 5 minutes to make.

The Sharpness of the Wasabi paste and buttery rich flavour of the avocado transform tofu into an interesting dish. It’s healthy and nutritious too!

Tofu is a good source of protein and contains all eight essential amino acids, so a great vegetarian alternative can be made when replacing the tuna with olive oil.

Ingredients for 3people

1Pack of Tofu (Bean Curd)
1 Avocado
1 Tin of Tuna (Drain excess oil)
1 Pack of Salad Cress
3-5 tbs Soy Sauce
1-2 tsp Wasabi Paste (Mix with the soy sauce)

Method
1. Dice the tofu and avocado, and then place them in a bowl.

2. Add the drained tuna, the soy sauce and the wasabi paste mixture into the bowl.

3. Add the Salad Cress in the bowl and roughly mix all the ingredients.

Key
1. Adjust the amount of soy sauce and wasabi paste for your liking.
2. If you have time, drain the tofu block before cooking. First, wrap the tofu block with kitchen paper, then place on a large plate. Put a wooden chopping board or something similar on top of the tofu, making sure the tofu will be pressed evenly. Drain for about 30 minutes.
3. For a vegetarian alternative, replace the tin of tuna with 1 tbs of olive oil.

Cherry tomato and spring sugar snaps salad

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Fresh sugar snaps taste best when eaten raw.  They really are as sweet as sugar!

A combination of bright green and red will bring spring time to your table.

Serve with tuna and honey lemon dressing.

 

Ingredients (serves 4)

200g sugar snaps

10 cherry tomatoes

1 large tin of tuna (185g)

Mix all the ingredients below before adding to the salad:

2tbls soy sauce

1tbls lemon juice

1tbls honey

1tbls grated ginger

Method

  1. Slice the sugar snaps thinly and diagonally and cut the cherry tomatoes into ¼
  2. Empty the tuna without the oil into a bowl then add the ingredients and mix well