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Smoked Tofu Salad

Smoked Tofu Salad 4.000

Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post; tableware from Crate and Barrel

Weeknight Vegetarian Feb 5, 2014

Baked and/or smoked tofu makes a beautiful vegetarian version of chicken salad -- especially when given an Asian flair with scallions, mayo and rice vinegar. Smoked paprika pumps up the smoky flavor. Eat on its own, in lettuce cups or spring rolls or tortilla wraps or, of course, on bread.

Make Ahead: The salad can be refrigerated for up to 1 week.

Where to Buy: SoyBoy brand smoked tofu is available at some natural foods stores and Whole Foods Markets. Even better is the tofu smoked in Baltimore by Neopol Savory Smokery, which sells it at Union Market in Northeast Washington. If you can't find smoked tofu, use another baked/marinated tofu and add more smoked paprika.


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Tested size: 4 servings

  • 12 ounces smoked tofu, torn into bite-size pieces (see headnote)
  • 3 scallions, trimmed and thinly sliced
  • 1 medium carrot, scrubbed and finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried unsulphured unsweetened apricots
  • 2 tablespoons toasted/roasted sesame seeds
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons rice vinegar, preferably unseasoned
  • 1/2 teaspoon Spanish smoked paprika (pimenton), plus more as needed
  • Water (optional)
  • Sea salt


Combine the smoked tofu, scallions, carrot, apricots, sesame seeds, mayonnaise, rice vinegar and smoked paprika in a medium mixing bowl; fold to mix thoroughly.

If the mixture seems dry, add water a couple of tablespoons at a time until the mixture is creamy. Taste, and season with salt and/or smoked paprika as needed.

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Recipe Source

From Food editor Joe Yonan, author of "Eat Your Vegetables: Bold Recipes for the Single Cook," (Ten Speed Press, 2013).

Tested by Joe Yonan.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 310

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 19g 29%

Saturated Fat: 4g 20%

Cholesterol: 5mg 2%

Sodium: 490mg 20%

Total Carbohydrates: 18g 6%

Dietary Fiber: 3g 12%

Sugar: 10g

Protein: 18g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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