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Tofu Pad Thai Salad with Peanut Dressing

Tofu Pad Thai Salad with Peanut Dressing | picklesnhoney.com #tofu #padthai #salad #vegan #peanut #dressing #recipe

Do you have any meals that everyone you know associates with you? For me, that meal is veg-heavy, Thai-inspired, with lots of cilantro and lime juice, and served with peanut sauce, always and forever. Oh, and bonus points if noodles are involved.

I’ve been making a conscious effort to get back to sharing recipes that I’m most excited about, whether or not Google Trends or sponsors think they’re the way to go. So, if you’re noticing a trend with the Asian vibes and peanut sauce, that would be why. This is the food that I’m eating and loving at the moment. In all honesty, I started to feel kind of blah about this space because I was getting too in my head about what I should be doing strategically rather than what I felt passionate about sharing. It can be tricky balancing the two; I’m writing for you, and I’m also trying to be true to me. This is why I started my new “I Tried It” series and why I have a couple of other longer-term projects in the works (I hope to share more on those soon!).

Tofu Pad Thai Salad with Peanut Dressing | picklesnhoney.com #tofu #padthai #salad #vegan #peanut #dressing #recipe

So this tofu pad thai salad…Aaron calls it “Amanda food” every time I make it, and the good news is that he’s almost as obsessed with it as I am. It has the ideal ratio of chewy rice noodles to vegetables, with crispy marinated tofu (Tofu Haters: get yourself a tofu press and try the method I’ve outlined below. It might just make you a tofu lover.), plus the BEST peanut dressing—seriously. I’ve been tweaking my peanut dressing recipe for years and I really do feel like it’s perfect based on not only my personal opinion, but everyone else who’s tried it too. It’s a really simple blender recipe with seven basic ingredients and nothing fancy, and yet it’s everything you could ever want from a peanut sauce. If you make nothing else from this pad thai salad, make the under-five-minute peanut sauce and then go forth and put it on everything.

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Tofu Pad Thai Salad with Peanut Dressing

Tofu Pad Thai Salad with Peanut Dressing | picklesnhoney.com #tofu #padthai #salad #vegan #peanut #dressing #recipe

Tofu Pad Thai Salad with Peanut Dressing

Vegan, Gluten Free,

Serves: 4-6


Prep Time: 30 mins

Cook Time: 20 mins

Total Time: 50 mins

Easy vegan Vegetable Pad Thai Salad with protein-packed tofu, lots of bright, crunchy vegetables, and a simple peanut sauce that's so delicious, you will want to lick the blender! This meal is basically all of my favorite things in one bowl.

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Tofu Pad Thai Salad with Peanut Dressing

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Ingredients

For the tofu:

  • ¼ cup soy sauce (or tamari)
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil, plus extra for greasing the pan
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 package (16 ounces) extra firm tofu, pressed then cubed

For the peanut dressing:

  • 1/2 cup creamy unsweetened & unsalted peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce (or tamari)
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons sriracha (or to taste)
  • 2 medium cloves garlic
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh, peeled ginger
  • 1-2 tablespoons water, optional for a thinner consistency

For the salad:

  • 8 ounces Pad Thai rice noodles
  • 2 cups shredded napa cabbage
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 small red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 small bunch cilantro, chopped
  • ¾ ounce fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 2 green onions, sliced thin

For serving:

  • lightly salted roasted peanuts, chopped
  • toasted sesame seeds
  • lime wedges

Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten Free Servings: 4-6

Prep Time: 30 mins Cook Time: 20 mins Total Time: 50 mins

Easy vegan Vegetable Pad Thai Salad with protein-packed tofu, lots of bright, crunchy vegetables, and a simple peanut sauce that's so delicious, you will want to lick the blender! This meal is basically all of my favorite things in one bowl.

Instructions

  • Marinate the tofu: In a shallow dish, combine the soy sauce, lime juice, sesame oil, and garlic. Add the tofu to the marinade, tossing to coat all sides. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • While the tofu marinates, make the dressing: Add all of the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Transfer to a large mixing/serving bowl. If you find that your dressing is on the thicker side (this varies depending on the brand of peanut butter you use), feel free to blend in 1-2 tablespoons of water to thin it.
  • Cook the tofu: Heat a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Once the pan is hot, add a small pour of sesame oil and cook the tofu, giving each piece a little space on all sides to brown. Cook the tofu for 2-4 minutes on each side, until browned and slightly crispy. Remove the pan from the heat.
  • Make the salad: Cook the noodles according to the package directions. Add the noodles to the bowl of dressing, along with the tofu, cabbage, carrots, cilantro, basil, and green onions. Gently toss to combine. Garnish with chopped peanuts, sesame seeds, and lime wedges. Serve immediately.

Notes [2]

A quick word on peanut butter: I’ve been checking ingredient labels more diligently lately and I’ve noticed that most peanut butters have all sorts of junky oils and sugars added to them. I use and recommend the 365 Unsweetened & No Salt Organic Peanut Butter at Whole Foods. The only ingredient: peanuts (as it should be!), plus it isn’t outrageously expensive.

Normally I only press my tofu for 5-10 minutes, but for this recipe it’s best if you can press it for 30 minutes or more to remove as much water as possible and allow the marinade to really soak in. The result is a chewy tofu that’s loaded with flavor. It will also get extra crispy around the edges when you cook it! I bought my tofu press on Amazon.

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  1. Holly says

    OMG this looks UNREAL! Pinned to make ASAP!

  2. Lauren says

    I love this! We have the exact same taste in food – anything with noodles, tons of cilantro and lime (or lemon), and peanut sauce gets me every time. 🙂

    1. Yes! Those flavors just WORK.

  3. Rebecca says

    This sounds SO good, Amanda! I appreciated your honesty in this post about trying to balance sponsored work and passion projects (or recipes, in your case). I’m not a blogger but I imagine that would be difficult. Your site is one of my favorites so please keep up what you’re doing and know that I look forward to your posts every week.

    1. Thank you for the very sweet comment, Rebecca. <3

  4. Sam says

    Great idea! Now I just need to get myself to the grocery store to pick up ingredients.

    1. Yes you do! (or Prime Now 😉 …whatever makes it happen!)

  5. Laura says

    Pad Thai is EVERYTHING!! This healthier salad version sounds delicious!

    1. If Pad Thai is on the menu, I am ordering it! 😉 I love this vegetable-heavy version (and no food coma!).

  6. Cara says

    This looks and sounds so good Amanda. The presentation is beautiful. <3

  7. Erika says

    Sounds really delicious! As always, your photos are gorgeous.

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