Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Citrus-Herb Maple Tofu and Arugula Salad

Maple and soy sauce marinated, sweet, herb-seasoned tofu over fresh arugula and spinach with cinnamon-nutmeg orange slices and fresh avocado. In under 30 minutes. It's a delicious big fresh flavorful salad meal!

This salad came together because I found this citrus-herb blend at the grocery, and the rest went from there:
If you don't have something similar or can't find it, no worries- just throw together some sesame seeds, diced orange and lemon peel, garlic and onion powder, parsley, coriander, and fennel. But especially the coriander and citrus peel- they're what make it go so well with the rest of the ingredients in the salad.


Maple-Orange Tofu and Arugula Salad
Serves 2-3
Ingredients:
  • 1 package extra or super-firm tofu
  • 1/4 cup Soy Sauce
  • 1/4 cup Maple Syrup, divided
  • Citrus-Herb seasoning blend (see above if you don't have this)- about 1 Tbsp total
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 large ripe avocado, cubed
  • 1 can mandarin organges
  • Juice from 1/2 small orange
  • 4-5 large handfuls of arugula or argula/spinach mix

Steps:
  1. Preheat oven to 450F.
  2. Make sure you have drained the tofu well (press with paper towels until no more water comes out). Slice into 1-inch thick slices.
  3. In a low bowl, mix together soy sauce, 3 Tbsp of the maple syrup, and the herb seasoning. 
  4. Add the tofu slices (a few at a time, whatever fits in your bowl) and let sit on each side until the marinade soaks in a bit (about 30 sec-1min each side for each slice).
  5. In a large pan, heat a little olive oil. Add the tofu slices and cook until golden brown, about 4-5 minutes each side. 
  6. Spray a cookie sheet with a little cooking spray, and transfer the tofu slices to the sheet. Drizzle the remaining ~1Tbsp maple syrup over the tofu slices, and sprinkle a little more seasoning over  the top. Place in the oven for about 10 minutes.
  7. For the salad, toss the mandarin oranges in the cinnamon & nutmeg. Place your greens in a large bowl and drizzle the juice from the 1/2 orange over the greens. Add the spiced mandarin oranges and gently toss. Then add the avocado, and top with tofu slices to serve. 

Kind of like Christmas in a salad bowl. It's fresh and zesty, but warmed by the spices and maple. The tofu tastes great hot or even cold the next day, too.


The avocado isn't a must here.... but isn't everything better with avocado? ;-)


I rarely use dressing on my salads... I love letting light, fresh greens speak for themselves. Drizzle a little citrus, or balsamic; use a little hummus or avocado, or sometimes salsa- and that's usually enough to bring everything together and let you really enjoy a fresh salad. Here, the little bit of fresh squeezed orange does just the trick.

Enjoy!

3 comments:

  1. I don't think I've ever eaten tofu on top of a fresh green salad before...looks pretty though, and I love the idea of spicing up the orange slices!

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    1. Oh it's good- a nice contrast. T.Joe's also has some pretty good pre-marinated tofu that works well for salads too. And yeah try the spiced oranges- so yummy!

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