Need a picnic or potluck dish for Summer? Try this Chili Marinated Tofu and Soba Noodle Salad.
I’m a huge fan of soba noodles because I always feel full but not tired after eating them. This is because each cup contains only 113 calories and 6 grams of protein. Soba noodles taste great made into a cold noodle salad and only take 4 minutes to cook, making them a perfect option for hot days when you don’t want to heat up the kitchen. I love packing soba noodles for lunch at work, or as a meal to-go for when I travel to the beach or go on a hike.
Fried Tofu Isn’t Healthy! Try Marinating Tofu Instead…
When I first became a vegetarian I refused to eat tofu, then I’d only eat it if it was fried, but now I eat all types of tofu dishes. I think that once you get used to the flavor and texture of tofu it’s not so scary, but getting there requires you to try new things. I’ve grown to love marinated tofu, so I’m always surprised to see so many recipes calling for either fried or baked tofu, but rarely marinated. It takes a long time to crisp up something with so much moisture, so why not just marinate it? And whenever I make fried tofu I’m always shocked at how much oil it ends up absorbing. Vegetable oil isn’t cheap! So now I use marinated tofu for salads and just add cubed tofu to my soup or stir fry’s. I even like to crumble tofu and add it to my pasta sauces for an easy source of protein. Below I’ve included some more recipes if you’re still on that fried tofu train.
More marinated tofu recipes:
- 1 lb firm tofu
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 2 tbsp coconut sugar
- 1-2 tbsp sambal oelek (depending upon how spicy you like it)
- 2 tbsp tamari
- 4 tbsp lime juice
- 1 tbsp grated ginger root
- 2 bundles soba noodles
- ½ cup cilantro, roughly chopped
- ½ cup green onions, thinly sliced
- 1 tbsp white sesame seeds
- Cut the tofu into cubes.
- In a large bowl whisk together the sesame oil, coconut sugar, sambal oelek, tamari, lime juice, and ginger. Add the tofu, mix to coat, and marinate for 1 hour.
- Bring a pot of water to a boil, add the soba noodles and cook for 4 minutes. Drain and run under cold water until completely cooled.
- Place cooled soba in a large bowl with half of the cilantro and green onions. Drain the excess marinade from tofu into the soba noodles. Mix to coat.
- Place the soba noodles in a serving dish. Top with marinated tofu, then the remaining cilantro and green onion. Garnish with sesame seeds.