Asian Grilled Tofu Salad is an easy, healthy alternative to the boring tossed salad. Even better than a regular broccoli slaw salad is this version with grilled, marinated tofu squares. Tofu is a high in protein and absorbs the flavors around it, making it great marinated and grilled.
To start, you will need a carton of firm (not silken) tofu. Be sure to choose firm, as the silken varieties are really better left to being used as dips or fillers. Drain the tofu and set it on a plate. Press it beneath the weight of another plate on top and a heavy frying pan on top of that. While it is being pressed you can make the salad:
Mix the following together:
A bag of broccoli slaw. A bag of cole slaw works too, but I recommend broccoli slaw if you can find it.
2 pouches of crushed ramen noodles (You can add some of the flavoring pouches or toss them. I prefer to skip these little pouches. If you add the flavor pouches you will want to cut back on the soy sauce or it will be too salty.)
1/4 cup chopped almonds. Don’t skimp on the almonds! They really add to the quality of the salad!
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/8 cup rice or white vinegar
1/8 cup vegetable oil
1/4 tsp. garlic salt or as much fresh chopped garlic as you like
2 tablespoons sugar
You can also try it with a little wasabi if you like
Once you have thoroughly tossed all ingredients together, you can focus on the tofu. By now it should be pressed. Chop it up into bite sized squares and coat the pieces in a marinade made of: 1/8 cup vegetable oil, 1/8 cup soy sauce, and the juice of two freshly squeezed oranges.
Pour the tofu into a large aluminum foil pouch and sprinkle some freshly ground pepper and some sea salt or garlic salt on top. Grill until the pieces are hot but not burned. Let the squares cool a bit and then add them on top of the salad. No need to mix them in too thoroughly or they will be smooshed. Now you have a quick, delicious meal high in protein and vitamins. Unlike most salads, this one keeps pretty well in the fridge overnight if you have left overs.