Monday, September 13, 2010

Japanese Tofu Salad

I have never eaten tofu in a salad until I traveled to Japan. Tofu was not really something that I associated with a salad. I have eaten tofu fried, steamed and braised but never just as is, chopped up, and in a salad. 

Eating vegetables with soft pieces of tofu is quite refreshing.
Gourmet salad mix 
- baby spinach
- cos lettuce
- rocket
- fancy lettuce
- watercress
- snow pea sprouts
- cherry tomatoes
Soft-firm tofu, cut into bite-sized pieces
Garnish with roasted sesame seeds and dried seaweed (shredded nori)
Japanese style dressing
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce (kikkoman brand)
- 1 ½ teaspoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon mirin
- 1 teaspoon sake
- 2 teaspoons grated ginger
- 1 tablespoon apple vinegar
- 2 teaspoons sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Whisk together all the dressing ingredients in a bowl, taste and adjust the seasonings to desired taste. 
In making the dressing I tried to recall the tastes that I encountered in Japan and there were certain elements that needed to be evident in the mix – soy sauce, ginger and hints of sesame.

On a plate, arrange salad and place pieces of tofu on top. Spoon the dressing over the salad and tofu. Sprinkle over the top roasted sesame seeds and then place some dried seaweed on top. 
VERDICT – My friends who I went to Japan with couldn’t stop eating this salad because it reminded them of Japan. 


  1. I've had tofu in salad before, but always cooked first. This looks like a really good salad, and good to file away in my brain for the warmer weather!

  2. I always eat cooked tofu too so it was a bit different to have it in this way. It's all good as long as you get fresh tofu, I always buy my tofu at the tofu shop on 1/375 William Street, it's called Walson Foods Pty Ltd.