Chinese Tofu Chop Salad with Broccoli Rabe
Fresh, crunchy, sweet, and savory – this salad has it all. All of the vegetables are either shredded or chopped small so that the sweet and tangy dressing can evenly coat each bite. The boost of protein from the tofu makes it a wonderful lunch to fuel your afternoons as well. Prepare this salad fresh, or pack as a traveling lunch to enjoy within a few hours.
Recipe by Jessie Snyder
The Editor’s Choice for Best New Voice at the Saveur Food Blog Awards 2015, Jessie is the vegan food blogger behind Faring-Well. Her work has been featured in a number of prominent outlets, included Food52, Buzzfeed, and Mind Body Green, among others. A proponent of whole foods, Jessie is committed to organic ingredients and healthy, delicious recipes.
- 1-8 oz pkg of firm tofu
- 1 bunch of Andy Boy broccoli rabe
- 4 cups chopped romaine
- 1 cup shredded carrot
- 1 cup shredded red cabbage
- 1 cup sugar snap or snow peas, sliced
- 1/2 cup sliced scallions
- 4 Tbsp slivered almonds
- 2 Tbsp mellow white miso
- 2 Tbsp raw honey
- 2 tsp tahini
- 2 tsp whole grain mustard
- 1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp fresh orange juice
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 2 tsp rice vinegar
- 2 tsp tamari
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Drain and rinse the block of tofu, patting dry with a few paper towels.
2. Slice into 32 cubes, about 1” in size, and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes. Flipping once halfway through.
3. Transfer to the counter to cool while you prepare the salad, or let fully cool and store in an airtight container in the fridge until ready to use (will last 2 days).
4. Add all of the ingredients for the dressing to a blender and puree until smooth. Taste and adjust seasoning, if needed, and transfer to a jar. Set aside while you assemble the salad.
5. Trim the broccoli rabe so you are left with only the florets, leaves, and their soft stems (about 4 loosely packed cups worth).
6. Break into bite size pieces and place in a heatproof bowl.
7. Bring a kettle of water to a boil on the stove and pour over the broccoli rabe. Let the rabe sit in the hot water for about 10 seconds, then drain. Pour cold water over the rabe and drain again.
8. Lay out the broccoli rabe pieces on a few layers of paper towels to drain while you assemble the rest of the veggies.
9. Add the chopped romaine (pieces should be about 1” in size) to a large mixing/serving bowl. On a large cutting board shred the carrot on a box grater, or using a mandolin.
10. Shred the cabbage using a mandolin, or thinly slicing with a knife into 1” pieces. Slice the sugar snap or snow peas (whichever you choose) on an angle into strips, and slice the scallions the same. Add all of the prepared veggies to the bowl with the romaine.
11. Give the veggies a toss and add the baked tofu, toss again, and drizzle with the dressing. Mix well to coat with the dressing, taste, and add more salt if needed.
12. Divide into four bowls and top each with a Tbsp of slivered almonds. Enjoy right away.
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