Pan-Crisped Tofu with Greens and Peanut Dressing

Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Cindy Barr

This sweet-salty dressing deliciously turns crisp tofu and salad greens into a light lunch or dinner. Allow 30 minutes in your prep time for pressing the tofu.

Yield: 8 servings
Recipe from Cooking Light

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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 266
  • Fat: 18g
  • Saturated fat: 1.8g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 8.3g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 6.8g
  • Protein: 13.9g
  • Carbohydrate: 13g
  • Fiber: 4.1g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0mg
  • Iron: 3mg
  • Sodium: 375mg
  • Calcium: 227mg

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup white miso (soybean paste)
  • 1/3 cup mirin (sweet rice wine)
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated peeled fresh ginger
  • 1/2 cup chopped dry-roasted peanuts, divided
  • 5 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 2 (14-ounce) packages water-packed firm tofu, drained
  • 8 cups gourmet salad greens
  • Minced fresh chives (optional)

Preparation

  1. 1. Combine first 4 ingredients, 1/4 cup peanuts, and 3 tablespoons oil in a small bowl; stir with a whisk.
  2. 2. Cut each tofu block crosswise into 8 (1/2-inch-thick) slices. Arrange tofu on several layers of paper towels. Top with several more layers of paper towels; top with a cast-iron skillet or other heavy pan. Let stand 30 minutes. Remove tofu from paper towels.
  3. 3. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 8 tofu slices to pan; sauté 4 minutes on each side or until crisp and golden. Remove from pan, and drain tofu on paper towels. Repeat procedure with remaining 1 tablespoon oil and remaining 8 tofu slices. Place 1 cup greens on each of 8 plates. Top each serving with 2 tofu slices, 3 tablespoons miso mixture, and 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped peanuts. Garnish each serving with chives, if desired.
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