Silken Tofu Salad is a delicious combination of tofu, tomatoes, cucumber, and avocado in a flavorful dressing. It’s perfect as a nutritious lunch or as a starter with other Asian-inspired dishes.
Have you ever tried a silken tofu salad?
I occasionally order them in Japanese restaurants since they are often vegan.
But I only recently started making them at home.
And now that I have, they have become one of my favorite lunches.
What is silken tofu?
If you’ve ever eaten miso soup, the little cubes of tofu floating in the soup are silken tofu.
It’s creamy with a custard-like texture.
Unlike regular tofu, it hasn’t had any water pressed out.
And it’s often sold in shelf-stable boxes rather than in the refrigerated section.
Besides using it in salads, silken tofu is wonderful for using in baking and in sauces.
Silken Tofu Salad is easy to make in minutes!
I use organic non-GMO firm silken tofu that comes in an aseptic container.
It’s easy to find in Asian supermarkets as well as large retailers such as Walmart.
When you open the box to remove the tofu, don’t worry if some of the tofu has crumbled.
It will still taste the same even if it’s not cut in perfect cubes.
And if you’ve never tried ume plum vinegar (also known as umeboshi vinegar), you’re in for a treat.
It’s tangy and salty, and a little bit goes a long way.
Please note that if you are on a low-sodium diet, you can substitute rice wine vinegar in place of the ume plum vinegar.
Besides using it to make Silken Tofu Salad, my favorite way to use ume vinegar is in my friend Jess’s wonderful kale salad.
For making this salad, all you need to do is combine the cubed tofu with cherry or grape tomatoes, cucumber, and avocado.
Then the simple two-ingredient dressing is drizzled on top, along with a sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds.
I recommend you eat this salad right away since it will get soggy if it’s made in advance.
Silken Tofu Salad is wonderful as a light lunch or as a starter with other Asian-inspired dishes.
If you’re looking to serve it as part of a meal, I recommend trying it with these recipes:
Now let’s make Silken Tofu Salad!
Silken Tofu Salad (Vegan and Gluten-Free)
- In a small bowl, whisk together the ume plum vinegar and sesame oil to form the dressing.
- Arrange the silken tofu cubes, tomatoes, cucumber, and avocado on a serving plate or in a bowl.
- Drizzle the dressing over the salad.
- Top with the toasted sesame seeds and serve.