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Sriracha Tofu Salad

This is a delicious, easy vegan sriracha tofu salad recipe has a lot of versatility! For a protein-packed meal, enjoy it solo. Or fill a tortilla with it with additional cucumber slices and fresh cilantro to make a tasty sriracha tofu wrap. Maybe add some cold orzo pasta? And enjoy a Thai-inspired tofu orzo salad.

A few things…

  • ・Don’t skip pressing the tofu. Pressing the tofu lets the excess water out. The tofu holds its shape better and marinades penetrate more deeply and fully.
  • ・How do you press tofu? Wrap the tofu in a paper towel. Place it in the center of a chopping board. Put a second chopping board on top of the tofu. Place 4 cans of food on top of the second chopping board. Wait 30 minutes. Then, remove the cans, chopping board and paper towel from the tofu, and it’s ready to be used!
  • ・This recipe uses 1 Tbsp sriracha sauce. Depending on your preference, add less or more. If you want to add more, I’d recommend after you taste the sriracha tofu salad at the very, very end.
  • Pro tip: Sometimes, I put the marinating tofu in the freezer for 10-15 minutes to speed up the process of cooling it down. While it’s cooling down in the freezer, I chop the veggies.

This vegan Thai tofu salad recipe holds up well. It’s great for packed lunches, picnics, road trips, lunch or dinner.

UVK has many other delicious Asian-inspired vegan salads. Some of my favorites include Asian Orzo Pasta Salad, Kale and Tofu Salad with Spicy Tamari Dressing, and Ginger Miso Slaw.

Add the salad to a tortilla for a simple sriracha tofu wrap with cucumber slices and cilantro leaves
For a variation, boil 1 cup dry orzo for ~9 minutes or until soft enough to eat, drain and rinse with cold water. Add it to the sriracha tofu salad, and adjust the flavors, if needed. Makes a tasty Thai-inspired tofu and orzo pasta salad!

Sriracha Tofu Salad

2 14 ounce packages of extra firm tofu, drained, pressed and diced into small cubes (see notes above)

Canola oil spray

⅓ cup reduced sodium soy sauce (OR gluten free tamari)

1 Tbsp sriracha sauce (see notes above)

1 Tbsp lime juice

1 Tbsp agave

1-2 Tbsp unsweetened creamy almond butter

½ cup finely chopped cucumber

½ cup finely chopped carrot

½ cup finely chopped red cabbage

½ cup finely chopped fresh cilantro

1-2 scallions, thinly sliced

1. Preheat the oven to 425º F. Line a large sheet pan with parchment. Spread the tofu across the parchment in a single layer.

2. Spray the tofu with the canola oil. Move the tofu around, spread into a single layer, and spray again with the canola oil.

3. Bake at 425º F for ~20 minutes (or until it crisps up), then flip and bake for another 10-15 minutes (or until it looks evenly crisped).

  1. 4. While the tofu is baking, put together the sriracha marinade. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, sriracha, lime juice, and agave. Set aside.

5. After the tofu is done baking, immediately add it to sriracha tofu marinade. Stir it around for about 30 seconds to make sure it’s well coated, and then, set it aside to cool.

6. Once the tofu is completely cool, drain the marinade off into a second mixing bowl. Whisk the almond butter into the marinade in the second mixing bowl.

7. Add tofu, cucumber, carrot, red cabbage, cilantro and scallion to the second mixing bowl. Stir everything together, and taste the sriracha tofu salad. Not salty enough? Add more soy sauce. Want it spicier? Add more sriracha. Serve cold as a protein-packed Thai-inspired tofu salad or tofu filling for vegan wraps.

An easy sriracha tofu salad recipe with soy sauce, lime, agave and almond butter

6 replies on “Sriracha Tofu Salad”

Looks delicious! Do you think cashew butter would work? Also I have only one pkg of tofu. If I am planning on adding the orzo should I still make full amount of sauce or cut it in half?

Thanks for reaching out. While it’s untested by me, I think the cashew butter would probably work ok. You’ll have to report back on how it works out. Also, if I was planning to make the orzo salad with half the tofu, I would still make the full amount of sauce. When it’s time to add everything together, I would add a little sauce at a time, stir it in, taste it, and keep adding more sauce until it tastes right to me. Without testing it, I’m not sure what amount would be best. Hope this helps!

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