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Quinoa Salad with Baked Marinated Tofu

Here's a light grain salad with a wonderfully tangy flavor. For a convenient substitute, you can buy prepared baked marinated tofu for this recipe. To toast almonds, bake them at 350F for about 15 minutes; cool.

Ingredients: 

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Marinated Tofu

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1 lb. firm tofu, drained and cut into 8 slices
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¼ cup tamari or reduced-sodium soy sauce
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1 Tbs. nutritional yeast
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1 Tbs. Dijon mustard
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1 small clove garlic, minced
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1 tsp. honey
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⅛ tsp. cayenne

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Quinoa Salad

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1 cup uncooked quinoa
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⅛ tsp. cayenne
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3 stalks celery, diced
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½ medium red bell pepper, diced
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1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped
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¼ cup whole blanched almonds, toasted (1 ½ oz.)
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1 to 2 Tbs. balsamic vinegar

Instructions: 

  1. Make marinated tofu: Preheat oven to 400F. Place tofu slices in small glass baking dish. In small bowl, whisk together remaining ingredients and 1/4 cup water. Pour over tofu. Bake until tofu is browned and marinade is absorbed, about 45 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, rinse quinoa in sieve under cold running water until water runs clear. In medium saucepan, combine quinoa, 2 cups water and pinch each of cayenne and salt and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, 15 minutes.
  3. Transfer quinoa to large bowl and let cool. Crumble in 4 slices baked tofu. Add celery, diced bell pepper, cilantro, almonds and vinegar. Season with salt to taste and mix well.
  4. Line serving platter with lettuce, spoon salad on top, and garnish with sesame seeds and pepper strips if desired. Serve with remaining baked tofu on the side.

Nutrition Information: 

Calories: 
305
Protein: 
15 g
Total Fat: 
11 g
Saturated Fat: 
1 g
Carbohydrates: 
38 g
Cholesterol: 
mg
Sodium: 
910 mg
Fiber: 
5 g
Sugar: 
g
Yield: 
4 servings

Comments on this Recipe

This is one of my favorites. You can buy marinated baked tofu, it is not quit as good, but way quicker. Also, you don't need to use lettuce.

I'm totally confused. What's the marinade to bake the tofu in? The list of ingredients seems to be out of order. And the way the marinated tofu instructions read ("remaining" ingredients when you haven't actually used ANY ingredients yet) seems like nonsense. Can someone clarify? It seems like maybe the soy sauce and mustard from the first list goes in with the nutritional yeast, honey, etc. from the 2nd?

I agree with you about the marinade instructions being totally unclear. I also think the soy sauce and mustard should be added to the 4 items listed under the tofu plus the 1/4 cup of water. It is a shame VT don't check readers' comments to see if there are any problems with a recipe. Carolyn

Hi Carolyn and Leslie H, My apologies for the glitch in this recipe that caused the ingredients to appear out of order. I have fixed the problem and it is appearing correctly now. Thanks!

I want to pin this but cannot find a pin button to this recipe.....

Over 900 mg of sodium is entirely too much at one meal. That is not healthy.