Although a lot of people hate tofu, if prepared correctly, tofu is fabulous. In fact, tofu can absorb any flavors and transform a meal. In small amounts, tofu is harmless. Despite soy’s negative press, new research shows soy is not dangerous. With that being said, bring on the tofu! Spicy Asian Salad, with marinated, baked tofu, is the perfect cold, summer salad.
With the temperatures in the 100s in Arizona, I have become all too familiar with creating new salads. First, the ingredients are simple and easy to prepare in advance. If you are conscious of getting your nutrient-dense foods into your diet, this salad meets your requirements.
Secondly, preparing tofu correctly seems to be a struggle for people. No one likes soggy, chewy tofu. In other words, using the right tofu, as well as pressing it, is essential in how well it bakes. If you follow the instructions in my other post The Perfect Pressed Tofu for Grilling, Baking, or Cooking in a Skillet. Also, if you buy sprouted tofu, it takes less time to press and dry.
Despite the “peanut” component in the dressing, my dressing is Skinny Peanut Dressing, because I use PB2 and peanut butter powder alternative. You can also use real peanut butter, but if you are looking for a diet version, you won’t be disappointed.
In order to bring it all together, a low-fat peanut dressing (spiciness optional) is the perfect accompaniment. You can also add optional peanuts and other vegetables if you choose.