06 July 2011

No Meat Zone Recipes: Napa Salad w/Nectarine & Chili Tofu Croutons


In the heat of summer I really love creating entree salads for dinner. They are filling, cool and satisfying. I think you are going to love this one. The nectarines n the market are aromatic and sweet. The perfect addition to a summer salad.

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Napa Salad w/Nectarine and Chile Tofu Croutons
By S. Boulton & S. Duquet
Salad Ingredients
4 1/2 C rough chopped Napa Cabbage
1 ripe nectarine diced
1 C shelled edamame
Dressing Ingredients
6 tsp rice wine vinegar
4 tsp agave
3 tsp Mirin (sweet cooking wine similar to sake with less alcohol)
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

Tofu Crouton Ingredients
1 carton of fresh x-firm tofu (in the refrigerator section)
1/2 C (or more if needed) Panko bread crumbs
1/2 C soy milk
1 Tbsp liquid aminos
1 tsp chili powder
Prepare tofu:
Drain and press tofu (we wrap it in a towel and press between two plates with a heavy object on top to squeeze out excess liquid. Cut into 1 inch cubes. Mix soy milk and liquid aminos in a bowl. On dry plate mix bread crumbs and chili powder together. Dredge cubes through wet mixture in small batches, then roll into bread crumb mixture. Sprinkle with a few excess crumbs if you like. Place on lightly sprayed cooking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for about 35 minutes, until golden and crispy.
Make it Happen
~Put all dressing ingredients into a mason jar with a lid and shake vigorously. Chill while cooking tofu.
~When tofu is finished, put cabbage, nectarine and edamame in a large bowl

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~Toss salad with desired amount of dressing and toss gently to coat. You may or may not have extra dressing and that would be wonderful. Serve in individual bowls and top with tofu croutons.
Revel in your genius for having such a cool and fabulous meal on a hot summer night.

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Sherry is on a mission to inspire others to join in her journey to change the world, one meal at a time. As a long time vegetarian and vegan newbie, Sherry launched a compassionate living blog Exploits of a Vegan Wannabe where she welcomes meat-a-tarians, vegans and anyone interested in creating change with their choices and voices.

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