Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Crispy Tofu Spinach Salad with Almonds and Maple Fig Vinagrette

Today I wanted a quick and easy, light lunch. I checked my fridge and found some tofu, spinach, almonds and a maple fig vinagrette from Maple Grove Farms of Vermont. To provide some textural crunch and flavor to the salad, I coated the sliced tofu with tapioca starch. This salad is delicious!

Here's the recipe:

Crispy Tofu Spinach Salad with Almonds and Maple Fig Vinagrette
2 cups Fiesta Express prewashed spinach
1 Tbsp silvered almonds
1 block of medium tofu, cubed
2 tsp tapioca starch
1/2 tsp white sesame seeds
1 Tbsp canola oil
1/2 tsp garlic bits (toasted on medium heat till golden brown)
1/4 cup Maple Grove Farms Maple Fig Dressing

Coat tofu slices with tapioca starch or cornstarch mixed with sesame seeds. Place a skillet over medium heat and add oil. Panfry tofu till crunchy and light brown. Assemble salad as follows. Place spinach on a plate or salad bowl. Add slivered almonds, tofu and garlic bits. Pour Maple Fig dressing over salad. You may add bits of beef jerky if you wish a nonvegetarian salad. Enjoy!


Maggie said...

This looks wonderful! I love fried tofu coated in cornstarch but I'm usually bad when I make it and just dip it in a soy dipping sauce.

Momgateway said...

You're not being lazy--just smart and practical.I love tofu with soy sauce too. I think it is one of the most simple seasoning that brings out the flavor of a lot of foods.