Tofu Salad


Last week, I have been eating a lot of cheesecakes and rice late at night. So, I decided to go on a diet and reduce my carbohydrate intake even just at dinner. Luckily, we have a lot of melon and watermelon at my husband's hometown. So right after we finished our a-bit-late lunch, I asked my mother-in-law to not prepare anything for me for dinner because I was hoping I could just eat fruits and the usual vegetable salad. She said, "Really? Well, how about tofu salad? It's more nutritious." I've never eaten tofu salad, but then I said yes and thanked her.

Then came dinner and my tofu salad.
It looked mostly like I expected; but I thought it would be unfried silken tofu cubes mixed amongst the colorful salad vegetables. It wasn't. It was lightly fried. When I took a chopstickful (can i say that?), the experience burst into my mouth in slow-motion and with some dramatic wind effect on my face, as if I was awaken from a deep sleep. It felt like all five of my senses just came home after relentlessly and meaninglessly wandering earth. I guess that's the strike of the vinegars and sweetness of the vegetables.

The following night, I asked if I can eat the tofu salad again. It was like a newly discovered addiction.


  • tofu, 1 block (cut into 10 small rectangles)

  • salad vegetables like lettuce/ baby leaf, paprika, broccoli sprouts, broccoli, shiso*, etc



  • rice wine vinegar, 1 tbsp

  • balsamic vinegar, 1/2 tbsp

  • olive oil, 3 tbsp

  • sugar, 2 tsp

  • salt and pepper to taste

*shiso (Perilla frutescens var crispa) is an aromatic herb with a quite pungent taste and is commonly used in Japanese dishes; also known as perilla or "beefsteak plant".



  1. Put a nonstick pan over medium high heat and brush it with a little oil. Lightly fry both sides of the tofu pieces. Turn off heat and arrange tofu on a plate.

  2. Cut the salad vegetables and top it on the tofu .

  3. Prepare the dressing by mixing rice wine vinegar, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, sugar, salt and pepper in a bowl. Pour over the salad vegetables. Serve fresh!




​Tips and tricks
If the dressing comes on too strong for you, please adjust the dressing with water. :)

The picture on the right is another version with stir-fried broccoli, lettuce and baby leaf instead of paprikas. :)




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