Did you have a hard time eating healthy to keep a summer lean body? It’s not to late to get back on track with this sesame tofu salad. According to Good Food,Tofu is a good source of protein and contains all eight essential amino acids. It is also an excellent source of iron and calcium and the minerals manganese, selenium and phosphorous. In addition, tofu is a good source of magnesium, copper, zinc and vitamin B1.Tofu is an excellent food from a nutritional and health perspective. It is thought to provide the same sort of protection against cancer and heart disease as soya beans.
1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar, plus more if needed
2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
2 tablespoons brown sugar, plus more if needed
3/4 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
Pinch red pepper flakes
2 cloves garlic, minced
2/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil
One 14-ounce package extra-firm tofu, cut into cubes
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
One 10-ounce package mixed greens
1 cup red grape tomatoes, halved
1/2 red onion, very thinly sliced
One 11-ounce can mandarin oranges, drained
To make the dressing: Put the soy sauce, vinegar, ginger, brown sugar, sesame oil, red pepper flakes, garlic and 2/3 cup of the olive oil into a blender. Blend until completely emulsified. Taste the dressing and adjust to your taste, adding more vinegar or sugar as needed. Pour half of the dressing into a jar and refrigerate for the salad.
Put the tofu cubes into a bowl and pour over the remaining dressing. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour. Remove the tofu from the dressing and pat dry. Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the tofu on all sides until nicely browned and crisp, about 10 minutes. Toss in the sesame seeds and cook for another minute. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate.
To assemble the salad, put the mixed greens, halved tomatoes and sliced onion in a large bowl. Pour on half the remaining dressing, reserving the rest for later use. Toss to coat. Arrange the tofu and mandarin oranges all over the greens. Serve immediately.
Source: Food Network