Monday, August 18, 2014

Meatless Monday Endamame - Tofu Salad

Here is another one of my favorites. It is healthy and yummy. Soybean has chock-full of health benefits and we can reap it to the fullest through this salad. It has soybean in its simplest form as Endamame and in the fermented form as Tofu. It is quick, simple and easy to make.

Servings: 2-3


Shelled Endamame: 2 cups( frozen Endamame can also be used).
Extra firm Tofu: 4 oz , cut into bite-sized squares.
Cooking oil: 1 tsp  for greasing the skillet.
Red bell pepper: 1, diced small.
Orange/ yellow bell pepper: 1, diced small.
Green bell pepper: 1, diced small.
Cilantro: 1 tbsp, chopped

For the dressing:
Sesame oil: 2 tbsp
Rice vinegar: 1 tbsp
Soy sauce: 1 tsp
Grated ginger: 1/2 tsp
Honey: 3/4 tsp
Minced garlic: 1 clove
Red chilli pepper flakes: a pinch
Salt: to taste( remember soy sauce is salty; adjust accordingly).


Cook the Endamame over the stove-top until tender. Keep aside to cool.

In a skillet,  pan sear the tofu pieces until slightly golden and keep aside to cool down.

In a jar mix together all the ingredients listed under "for the dressing".

Marinate  the tofu slices in the dressing for 5-10 minutes. Then mix in the Endamame , the bell peppers and cilantro. Mix well.

Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Serve chilled.


Cooking made easy:

Do not soak the wooden cutting boards in water for washing. Just use warm/ hot water and dish soap, wash and dry it completely before storing. If you leave the wooden cutting board in water, it absorbs the water, swells up and gets deformed.The same goes for wooden spoons.

Tip for healthy living:

Soy is a great source of protein for vegetarians and vegans. It is in fact one of the few complete proteins available that are of plant-origin. People on elimination diet have to be careful as some people may also be allergic/ reactive to soy. One also has to be careful regarding the selection of soy products. You want to make sure you choose Non-GMO ones and the products that are least processed; examples being Endamame, soy milk & Tofu.


Food for thought:

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