June 25, 2011: Tofu Salad

June 25, 2011

Here’s a delicious and healthy salad for summer weather. This is a cold dish and the tofu needs to be marinated overnight, then cooked, and then cooled. The salad prep takes a few minutes, the dressing a little more time, but you need to make the tofu ahead of time.

Put the block of firm tofu on a slanted board. Place a plate on top with a weight on top of the plate to allow the tofu to drain (for about 20 minutes.) While the tofu drains, make the marinade.

Marinade:  To 5 Tblsp. white miso, add 5 Tblsp. rice vinegar and 2+1/2Tblsp. mirin and 1 crushed clove of garlic. Cut the block of tofu into 8 sections and add to marinade overnight.

To cook tofu: blot each section of marinaded tofu on a paper towel, roll in potato flour (or regular flour, if you don’t have any potato.) Fry in corn (or any vegetable) oil in a pan over medium heat, turning each section about every 2 minutes. Briefly blot tofu on a paper towel (if you allow it to cool on the paper towel, the towel will stick to tofu.) Chill.

Dressing:  To 5 Tblsp. white miso, add and whisk 2+1/2 rice vinegar, 1 Tblsp. mirin, 7 Tblsp. olive oil, 1 Tsp. Dijon mustard and a splash of shoyu (soy sauce.) Chop finely 1 clove of garlic and add to dressing. Chill.

For the salad, I had Romaine lettuce, matchsticked carrots, and sliced radish. [Shredded daikon (Japanese white radish) is more appropriate, but the sliced American radish is more decorative.] Top with tofu, then dressing. I had toasted sesame seeds, so I added those. A light, delicious lunch for summertime. Good with a chilled white wine or warm sake.



  1. I’m so proud of myself – I marinated this last night and cooked it when i got home this evening. I even touched flour. It was a significant amount of touching too, had to roll over all six sides of all 8 pieces of tofu. The sacrifices I make for art…

    …so I messed up the dressing, put WAY too much on the salad greens. The greens were a loss but the carrots et al were tasty. I guess I made too much.

    Anyways, here’s a photo…served it with the spinach/soba noodle dish

  2. Sorry…photo

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