Chickpea and tofu salad is a new favorite in our family. It is both heart healthy and delicious. It’s packed with plant protein and fiber and is also a great option for those who are vegan and gluten free. These days everyone in my family is eating clean and will usually ask me to make a salad bowl. This colorful and delicious salad has become part of my salad recipes. There’s nothing like a fresh salad. Salads are of course healthy and contrary to popular belief they can be quite filling and satisfying! This particular salad is a combination of greens, cucumber, tomatoes, and some fruit which gives it a fresh taste. Add in some chickpeas and tofu with my special homemade dressing and you have a great meal! It’s unbelievably tasty and nutritious too! I love eating leftovers all week long. This super delicious salad is full of flavor and textures and is really easy to prepare.
This recipe will serve 4.
Prep time 20 minutes.
Assembly time is 5 minutes.
For salad dressing
¼ cup fresh lemon juice¼ cup roasted sesame seeds2 Tbsp nutritional yeast¼ cup olive oil¼ tsp salt¼ tsp black pepper2 tsp sugar1 Tbsp ginger finely shredded2 Tbsp fresh orange juice
6 oz firm tofu¼ tsp salt¼ tsp black pepper1 Tbsp ginger finely shredded2 tsp lemon juice
15 oz can of chickpea1 Tbsp oil¼ tsp salt¼ tsp black pepper1 tsp lemon juice1 tsp ginger juice
Other Salad Ingredients
1 cup romaine lettuce roughly chopped½ cup spinach leaves roughly chopped¼ cup cucumber cut into bite size, I am using Asian cucumber¼ cup pear cut into bite size pieces½ orange peeled and cut into bite size pieces8 cherry tomato cut into half1 Asian cucumber thinly sliced long ways
blend all the salad dressing ingredients together, lemon juice, roasted sesame seeds, nutritional yeast, olive oil, salt, black pepper, sugar, ginger, orange juice. Dressing should be pourable consistency. Keep aside.
Tofu: drained the water and pat dry the tofu, cut the tofu in about ½ inch cubes. Grill the tofu over medium heat. lightly oil the pan and spread the tofu pieces, grill the tofu from both sides until they are light brown. It will take about 3 minutes.
Drizzle, lemon juice over tofu, salt and black pepper turn them lightly. Turn of the heat and take them out in a bowl.
drain the water and wash the chickpea. Sauté the chickpeas over medium heat, add oil, oil should be moderately hot add chickpeas, drizzle salt, black pepper, lemon juice and ginger. Stir them together for about 2 minutes. Chickpeas will have a nice flavor.
Assembling the salad:
use the bowl you will serve the salad, spread lettuce, spinach leaves (remove the stems from spinach), add cucumber, pair cut, orange and tomatoes.
Next drizzle about 2 tablespoons of dressing and toss them together. Add about 1/3 cup of chickpeas and 1/3 cup of grilled tofu on one side I am also putting few slices of cucumber, to dress it up.
Now again drizzle about 2 tablespoons of dressing. salad is ready to serve.
For this recipe use the chickpea, tofu, vegetables, and fruits quantity of your choice.
you can make plenty of salad dressing in advance and refrigerate it in a jar, you can save this dressing for up to a week. You can use this dressing in any salad, it tastes grate. Prepare the tofu and chickpeas also in advance and refrigerate, they will be good for 3-4 days. Add the greens and fruits of your choice.
You will also enjoy: Millet Soup, Mango Salsa, Potato soup, Masala idli