Brighten up any day with this happy and refreshing salad! The citrus brought by the orange and lime juices bring a little bit of sweet while the orange sesame tofu adds the perfect amount of savory. Hope you guys love it just as much as we do!
HOW DO I MAKE THE SESAME ORANGE TOFU?
Choosing the right type of tofu can seem super daunting if you don’t cook with tofu a lot. Don’t worry though! After being vegan for a while and learning to love tofu, we’ve learned how to pick, prep, and cook tofu to make it turn out amazing!
The best type of tofu for this salad is definitely extra firm or super firm tofu! Tofu ranges from silken to super-firm. Silken tofu is wonderful for recipes like puddings, vegan cheesecakes, dips, sauces, and smoothies but will fall apart as a stand alone ingredient. Extra and super firm tofu marinates really well and then stays together while cooking!
Read more about all the different kinds of tofu here!
MARINATING & COOKING THE SESAME ORANGE TOFU
Once you’ve chosen the perfect type of tofu, it’s time to make your marinade! Tofu is like mushrooms. It has a slight flavor, but basically just absorbs anything you cook it with to make a super delicious vehicle for flavor.
In this salad we used orange juice, soy sauce, salt, and pepper to make the most incredible marinade for the tofu! This combination makes for a sweet and savory tofu that sears perfectly once marinated. Why? Because the sugars in the orange juice help it caramelize!
This salad is filled with sweet berries, an orange sesame dressing, and loaded with marinaded and seared tofu! Just cook your tofu and throw the rest of the ingredients together and you have a quick and easy meal.
- ½ block tofu
- ¼ cup orange juice
- 4 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tbsp of vegetable oil
- 2 cups mixed lettuce
- 1 cup sliced strawberries
- 1 cup blackberries
- 1 cup sliced cucumber
- 1 roma tomato
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 lime, juiced
- 5 tbsp champagne vinegar
- 2 tbsp orange juice
- salt and pepper to taste
First, drain your tofu and place it on a paper towel to draw out the moisture (takes about 10 min).
While your tofu is de-moisturizing, make the marinade by combining the orange juice, soy sauce, sesame seeds, salt, and pepper in a bowl and mix!
After the ten minutes are up, place your tofu in the marinade and use a spoon to pour some of the liquid on top of the tofu (do this every 5 min for about 20 min).
During these twenty minutes you’ll have time to make your salad and dressing.For this salad, you can use any kind of salad mix or leaf you want to, in fact, I really like to mix it up. 5. Next, slice up your strawberries, cucumbers and tomatoes and toss them, along with the blackberries, into the salad.
heat up your vegetable oil in the pan over medium heat.
Take your tofu and slice it into about 2 inch rectangles.
When the oil is heated take your tofu out of the marinade (make sure not to throw out the marinade though) and place it in the pan. STAND BACK! The oil caught me the last time I did this.
Let your tofu sizzle on one side for about 3 minutes and then flip it to the other side. Let it sit on the other side the same way until you get a nice glaze on both sides of the tofu. 5. Once you get a nice brown pour the rest of your marinade into the pan until the tofu absorbs it all.
10. To complete your salad, pour the dressing over your salad and top it off with the sesame orange tofu Enjoy!
mix the ingredients listed under dressing.
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