Asian Green Salad with Five-Spice Tofu and Mandarin Oranges

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Asian Green Salad with Five-Spice Tofu and Mandarin Oranges

I made this salad last night to use up the last of the greens I had in the fridge, and it came out great! The tofu was especially yummy, and I can see using it with the same marinade in stir-fry or even as a main dish! Baking tofu has really been a revelation for me, it’s so easy and it makes it wonderfully chewy and just a little crisp on the outside. You don’t even have to press it first! You could use the marinade on chicken (or soy chicken) as well if you wanted to.

Asian Green Salad with Five-Spice Tofu and Mandarin Oranges serves 2, easily doubled to serve 4
Cooking Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

  • 4 c Organic Mixed Salad Greens
  • 1/2 of a small Vidalia sweet onion
  • 1/2 of a large red bell pepper, sliced
  • 2 peeled and sliced or sectioned mandarin oranges or clementines, or one small can of mandarin oranges
  • 1/4 c sliced almonds
  • 8 oz five-spice baked tofu
  • Sesame-Orange Dressing

Mix the first five ingredients in a large salad bowl. Top with warm tofu and dressing!

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Avocado and Grilled Corn Salad

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Avocado and Roasted Corn Salad

Dinner tonight is a Pinterest find adapted from Authentic Suburban Gourmet. This will be my second time making her Avocado and Grilled Corn salad, and my husband and I both agreed that it makes a perfect filling for Pitas! I throw some spinach or salad greens in the pita, as well as adding canned black beans and fresh jalapeno to the salad.

Avocado and Grilled Corn Salad with Cilantro Vinaigrette

  • 5 Ears Corn, husk removed
  • 2 Avocado’s, diced and sprinkled with lemon juice to prevent browning
  • 2 c cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 Small red onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 red and or green bell pepper
  • 1 fresh jalapeno, diced
  • 1 cucumber, diced
  • 1 can of black beans, rinced
  • Pitas and baby spinach or salad greens for serving. Warm the pitas by wrapping the stack in foil and baking in the oven (350) for about 7 minutes.

Brush the corn with olive or canola oil and either grill 5 minutes per side, or use your oven’s top broiler to grill the cobs, about 5 minutes per side, just until they start to toast. Dice and combine all the other ingredients in a covered bowl. When the corn is cool, cut off the kernels with a sharp knife and add to the salad. Chill. Toss the salad with the dressing when you are ready to serve, and spoon into warm pitas with the salad greens.

This makes a great lunch either in a pita or just as a salad (or over greens), since you can make it ahead of time.

Cilantro Vinaigrette
  • 4 T. Olive oil
  • 2 T. Sherry vinegar, rice vinegar, or lime juice
  • 1 t. Garlic powder
  • 2 T. Fresh cilantro, minced
  • salt and pepper

Mix all ingredients together in a small jar or bowl, shake or whisk to combine.