Vegan Curried Tofu Salad

Back when we ate meat and fish, one of our family’s favorite recipes was curried tuna salad.  It was great for a beach picnic, a quick summer supper, or perfect with a big bowl of homemade tomato soup.  When my daughter and I decided we were done with eating animals, I discovered that extra-firm tofu made a fine substitute for the tuna.  My daughter requested this recipe for school lunch this week, and I had forgotten just how delicious it tastes.

Vegan Curried Tofu Salad

Ingredients:

1 pkg. extra firm tofu, drained and pressed to release excess water*

2 tsp. Madras Curry powder, or more to taste

2 scallions, green ends only, finely chopped

handful of chopped walnuts

handful of chopped grapes

handful of raisins

juice of 1/2 a lemon

1/4 tsp. kelp powder or flakes (if you want it to taste a little “ocean-y”)

4 Tbsp. vegan mayonnaise, such as Nasoya brand soy mayonnaise

Method:

Cube tofu into 1/2 squares.  Set aside.

In a medium sized bowl, combine curry powder, scallions, walnuts, grapes, raisins, lemon juice, kelp powder (if using it), and vegan mayonnaise.  Stir to combine.  Fold in the tofu cubes until coated with curry mixture.

Serve on whole grain sandwich bread, whole grain crackers, or as a topping for a hearty mixed greens salad.

Another delicious option is to use tempeh in place of the tofu.  Cut the tempeh into cubes and steam or simmer for about 10 minutes to soften.  Allow to cool and then crumble the tempeh into the curry mixture.

*To press tofu, wrap the block of tofu in a clean dish towel.  Place on a small cutting board.  Place a larger cutting board on top of the tofu, then balance a heavy can or pot on top.  Allow to sit for about 15-20 minutes.  Remove tofu from towel and proceed with recipe.

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One Comment on “Vegan Curried Tofu Salad”

  1. Craig Says:

    This was great in my lunch yesterday! Loved it.

    The squares of tofu and texture make it seem more like curried chicken salad. Just like the ol’ days. The grapes, walnuts, and raisins make all the difference in the world, the taste is so good. Even forgot I was eating tofu for the first few bites.

    Thanks!


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