Cory and I used to make Chinese Chicken Salad all the time. You may remember, it was the salad with Top Ramen added and sometimes served with chicken. Since we are staying away from a lot of process food the Top Ramen is out. We also have cut back on our meat. Cabbage salad sounded boring. I took the initiative to mix and match my ingredients to come up with a new version for our family and renamed it Chinese Tofu Salad.
It's not exactly like the salad we used to make but it had familiar notes to it. I think he liked it because he went back for seconds and then thirds.
I used the Fried Tofu from Tuesdays recipe to top our salad. I like warm protein on my salads. The process of making fried tofu is in Tuesdays blog post. It is simple and creates a nice warm element to this salad.
I also toasted sesame seeds and cashews. The fried tofu, toasted sesame seeds and cashews create a party in your mouth. The different flavor profiles with the simple dressing explode with flavor and freshness.
Chinese Tofu Salad with Cashews and Sesame Seeds
1/2 head of cabbage, cut any way you like
2 carrots, peeled and grated
1/2 cup toasted cashews
1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds
2 stalks of celery, sliced thin
green onion for garnish on top
Fried Tofu-optional (see post for instructions on how to make)
3 tablespoons rice wine
1 tablespoon tamari or soy sauce
3-5 drops of sesame oil
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1-2 teaspoons sugar or coconut sugar
1. Mix salad ingredients together.
2. Combine dressing ingredients together. Taste to make sure it is balanced correctly. Adjust with more rice wine, soy sauce or sugar.
3. Pour dressing over salad and toss. Add tofu to individual plates of salad. Garnish with green onion pieces.