seeing sooo many elaborate valentine’s recipes out there. you know what i’m going to do on valentine’s? eat this cake my roommate made (the light lemon bundt from joy of vegan baking), drink some dark hot chocolate (chocolate chai c/o cocoa manna), and watch dawson’s creek all day & laugh/cry at the dramatics of tv relationships. cya!

westsoy:

Remember those Vegan Cheesesteaks? Us too. Unbelievably delicious, but filling (word to Ron Burgundy). With that in mind, we and hipsterfood got together again to whip up something for those seeking a bit of a lighter lunch! Enjoy!

Crispy Tofu Salad

I love making lightly breaded tofu, and this case is no exception - the baked tofu is super flavorful and saved us a lot of time in not having to press or marinate it. The end result is crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside, but still really light. You can eat the tofu by itself, but I think its flavor works so well in a big lunchtime salad. This serves two, but makes enough dressing and crispy tofu for a couple of days worth of meals.

Crispy Tofu Ingredients:

1 package Westsoy Italian Garlic Herb Baked Tofu

2/3 cup flour

1/3 cup nutritional yeast

1 tsp each iodized salt, garlic & onion powder

1/2 tsp paprika & freshly ground pepper

neutral oil

Salad Ingredients:

spinach & mixed field greens

cauliflower, finely chopped

cucumber, finely chopped

Dressing Ingredients:

1/3 cup oil

1/3 cup apple cider or red wine vinegar

1/8 cup maple syrup or sugar

1 tbsp mustard

salt & pepper to taste

Instructions:

1. Put a high-sided pan on medium-high heat.

2. Cut the tofu into 1/2-inch cubes. Put all the dry ingredients into a sealable container and shake together. Once combined, toss in the tofu cubes and shake again until everything’s fully coated.

3. Now that the pan’s hot, pour in enough oil to cover the bottom of the pan, and a little extra. While you’re letting the oil heat, chop up the vegetables that’ll be in your salad.

4. Carefully spoon in enough of the tofu cubes to partially cover the pan, but don’t crowd it. Let them fry up. They’ll start to brown a bit and become crispy when they’re done. Keep frying them in batches until they’re all done.

5. Let the tofu rest on some paper towels or a cloth towel for a few minutes. Meanwhile, whisk together all of the dressing ingredients.

6. Drizzle the dressing over the salad and spoon on the tofu hot or cool with your salad, either way, tastes great! :) 

Very happy to share the recipe for crispy fried tofu with @Westsoy and you guys. You can eat it in a salad, straight up with BBQ sauce, put it in a wrap, and much more. Try it out for an addictive snack!