Spinach Dinner Salad with Sesame Tofu

Photo: Thomas J. Story; Styling: Kevin Crafts
Instead of the usual chicken, steak, or shrimp, we used crunchy cubes of sautéed tofu for this salad. The spicy, tart dressing pulls it all together.

Yield:

Serves 4

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Recipe Time

Total: 30 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 379
Caloriesfromfat 58 %
Protein 11 g
Fat 25 g
Satfat 2.3 g
Carbohydrate 29 g
Fiber 5.1 g
Sodium 546 mg
Cholesterol 0.0 mg

Ingredients

14 ounces firm tofu, cut into 1/2-in. slices
1/4 cup plus 1 1/2 tbsp. grapeseed or vegetable oil, divided
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup furikake* (Japanese sesame and seaweed blend) or untoasted black and white sesame seeds
1 celery stalk
1/2 tart green apple, such as Granny Smith
8 to 10 radishes
1 1/2 teaspoons Asian chili garlic sauce*
1 1/2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 1/2 qts. loosely packed baby spinach
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Preparation

1. Lay tofu between paper towels to dry. Heat 1/4 cup oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat until shimmering.

2. Spread cornstarch on a rimmed baking sheet and furikake on another. Stack tofu and cut into 1/2-in. cubes. Lightly toss tofu in cornstarch, then quickly but thoroughly roll and press in furikake. Fry in 2 batches until well-browned and crunchy, about 20 minutes total, and drain on paper towels.

3. Slice celery, dice apple, and cut radishes into thin wedges. In a big salad bowl, whisk remaining 1 1/2 tbsp. oil with chili garlic sauce and vinegar. Add celery, apple, radishes, spinach, salt, and tofu and toss to coat.

*Find in grocery stores' Asian-foods aisle.

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Note:

March 2011