Meatless Monday: A Light, Cool, Refreshing Salad – Crispy Tofu Cubes with Mango and Avocado in Sweet Chili Sauce

August 2, 2010 in Appetizers, Entrees, Gluten Free, Healthy Fare, Vegan Recipes, Vegetarian Entrees

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I make a cold shrimp salad with avocado and mango in an Asian sweet chili sauce. It is a great go-to quick main dish salad for the summer – cool, refreshing and so flavorful.  Crispy tofu cubes in place of the shrimp is a wonderful switch up – added at the last minute, of course, to preserve their crispiness.

Anne and I have been huge tofu fans since writing 101 Things to do with Tofu a few years ago. It’s a fab frugal source of protein – and has a mild flavor that plays well with pretty much any other flavors. And, this sweet chili dressing is bright and flavorful with a touch of heat. If I wasn’t in mixed company when I ate this salad last night, I would have licked my plate. No, really.

Perfect for a summer Meatless Monday!

CRISPY TOFU CUBES WITH MANGO AND AVOCADO
In Asian Sweet Chili Sauce

Serves 4 as an entree; Prep and wait time 30 minutes

1/2 cup sweet chili sauce
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
1 tablespoon soy sauce
16 ounces extra-firm tofu
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 large ripe mango, diced
2 ripe Haas avocados, diced
four large lettuce leaves, torn into bite-sized pieces

Stir together the chili sauce, vinegar, ginger and soy sauce and set aside.

Wrap tofu block with a kitchen towel and set between two dinner plates. Place a large can on top to press down, pressing liquid from tofu. Let stand 20 minutes or so.

Cut pressed tofu into 1/2 inch cubes. Toss in cornstarch until evenly coated. Heat oil over medium high heat in a large skillet. Cook tofu cubes in 2 batches so as not to crowd pan. Turn occasionally until cubes are lightly browned. Remove to paper towels and pat off excess oil.

Toss together sauce, tofu cubes, mango and avocado. Spread lettuce leaves on a salad plate. Mound the tofu mixture on top of lettuce leaves and serve immediately.

Other tofu salads worth checking out:
Thai Tofu Salad, Hebivoracious
Eggless Vegan Salad, A Veggie Venture
Curried Tofu Salad, Eat Me Delicious
Tofu Salad with Herbs, Cheap Healthy Good
Teriyaki Tofu Salad, Semi-Sweet
Sticky Ginger Tofu Salad, Healthy Happy Life
Tofu Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing, Shiny Cooking

– posted by Donna

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