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Rainbow Berry Salad with Almond Butter Dressing. This salad is bursting with fresh fruit, crispy tofu, almonds and a bright almond-butter dressing.
I remade this recipe last weekend for lunch and loved it so much, I thought I would share it again with you. It’s my favorite salad to eat in the spring and summer, when my fridge always has fresh berries inside just begging to be tossed with creamy almond dressing.
Sometimes I feel like my mission is making tofu appealing. After 15 years as a predominantly plant-based eater, I’ve realized that not liking tofu is usually related to not having it prepared properly.
Tofu, like tempeh, can be gross if it’s not served correctly. In fact, the first block of tofu I ever bought I ended up throwing away because I couldn’t force myself to actually cook with it.
Now I’m a tofu-loving machine. Baked, fried, raw in eggless salads, pureed, or whipped, it’s a food that I just can’t get enough of. I think it’s always worth mentioning that most of the negative things you hear about tofu are wrong.
Not sure what tofu is? It’s basically solidified soy milk. You first boil soybeans in water, then add in a coagulant to form curds– the most typical one is calcium sulfate, which adds in additional tofu. Finally, the mixture is drained, pressed into molds, and cut into squares to become tofu. How much coagulant and how long it’s pressed is what makes soft, firm or extra firm tofu.
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If you’re new to tofu, I’ve got two fool-proof ways to enjoy it. The first is my bake, marinate and sauté method that I use in my peanut buddha bowl. That recipe has been shared hundreds of thousands of times and consistently gets rave reviews. Honestly, I think it’s because the tofu doesn’t taste like tofu. It’s golden, chewy, and perfectly covered in a savory peanut sauce.
While I love that method, it also takes a bit of planning and the use of a marinade. For nights when I want chewy, perfectly fried tofu without a ton of oil, I use this bake method instead.
First, you need to press your tofu. Pressing tofu allows the water to be removed so it can bake up properly and absorb whatever seasoning you’re using. Not pressing the tofu can lead to soggy tofu.
Then, cover your cubes in a base of soy sauce (or tamari for gluten-free option), a little olive oil and whatever seasoning you’d like. From there, toss in a bit of arrowroot starch or cornstarch. This allows the tofu to get really golden and crisp, without having to deep fry.
Honestly, I eat about half the pan once it comes out of the oven. It’s just so, so good.
I stumbled upon this berry salad recipe from Pinch of Yum and instantly knew I wanted to recreate it with tofu instead. I’ve been on a huge fruit kick lately and this salad looked so refreshing; especially with all of the various textures.
So, I baked the tofu, then added in plenty of blueberries, blackberries and grapes. You could almost stop there, with the slightly-spicy tofu and juicy fruit. Almost. To finish things off, stir in a healthy serving of toasted almonds, and a creamy almond-butter dressing. I opted for my favorite dairy-free feta, but you could use regular feta or leave it out completely.
This is going to be my salad of the summer.
If you try this recipe, let me know! Leave a comment, rate it, and tag your Instagram photos with #delishknowledge . I absolutely love seeing your creations. Happy cooking!Print
Rainbow Berry Salad with Almond Dressing. This salad is bursting with fresh fruit, crispy tofu, dairy-free or regular feta, almonds and a bright almond-butter dressing. Adapted from Pinch of Yum.
Almond Butter Dressing:
Berry Salad Ingredients:
The tofu can be made ahead of time and eaten cold or reheated in a pan or in the microwave.
*For a dairy-free feta, I love Violife’s cheese.