Curry Tofu Salad

I’ve never been one for experimenting with recipes, I can follow a recipe just great, but tasting something and then making up my own – not so much. But … a few years ago I tried a deli salad from Whole Foods and just had to attempt a recreation at home. It took a few tries, but I finally figured it out! The best thing about this recipe is you can easily swap the tofu for chicken if that’s more your style. Plus, it makes great leftovers … and who doesn’t love quality leftovers?

curry tofu saladIngredients

  • 1 package extra firm tofu
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 2 T curry powder
  • 1/2 t cayenne pepper
  • 1 t turmeric
  • dash of salt and pepper
  • 3/4 cup currants (or dried cranberries)
  • 1/2 cup green onions, minced
  • 3/4 cup slivered almonds

Directions

  • The key to making tofu at home is the process of removing moisture. I use a three step process of pressing, baking and frying and it works well. So, first, un-package your tofu and place of a wire rack (like a cookie cooling rack) with a tray underneath, place a paper towel or two on top and put a heavy bowl or pan on top of the tofu. Allow to press, releasing liquid, for 2-3 hours, flipping every hour or so.
  • Dice your tofu into bite size pieces and place on a baking sheet. Bake at 250 degrees for 30-40 minutes to draw out more moisture.
  • Finally, toss your tofu bites in flour and fry in olive oil over medium heat. The goal is to turn the bites golden brown.
  • While the tofu is browning, mix up the salad dressing by blending, mayo, curry powder, cayenne, turmeric, salt and pepper.
  • Allow the tofu to cool.
  • Once cooled, gently toss the tofu in the dressing and add currants, green onions and almonds.

Like I mentioned, the tofu can easily be substituted for chicken (diced tenders, canned or rotisserie), but honestly, I really like the consistency of the tofu in this salad, and I’m definitely not a no-meat kind of girl.

Hope you enjoy! And, if you have any other tofu preparation tips or tricks I’d love to hear them!

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Gretchen hails from the beautiful Pacific Northwest along with her husband and two young children. Before transitioning to life as a stay at home mom, Gretchen worked in sales and marketing while earning her Masters in Management and Organizational Leadership. Now her days are focused on managing meal plans and nap times while organizing her sewing stash and children's toy bins. My oh my, how life changes in the blink of an eye! Gretchen writes frequently about natural parenting, becoming more environmentally conscience, her affinity for thrifted treasures, and hopes of making it out of yoga pants each day on her blog That Mama Gretchen (www.thatmamagretchen.com).

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