Spinach and Tofu Salad with Spicy Miso-Ginger Dressing

12 Nov

What you need:

1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon thin soy sauce
2 tablespoons light miso paste
1 tablespoon sambal oelek (or a TBSP of chili powder)
1/2 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons chopped gari (pickled ginger) Save 4 pieces for garnish.
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1/2 cup canola oil
1/2 cup chopped scallion greens
Salt and white pepper to taste
3 cups spinach chiffonade
1 package soft tofu (homemade or store bought), cut into 1/4- inch slices
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds for garnish


In a blender cup, add vinegar, soy sauce, miso, sambal oelek, sugar and gari. Blend until smooth. Slowly drizzle in both oils. Check for seasoning. Pour dressing into a bowl and fold in scallions. Toss the spinach with the dressing.

Sear the tofu in a drizzle of sesame oil until browned.  Plate spinach and top with tofu strips, a few slices pickled ginger a drizzle of dressing and a sprinkle of sesame seeds.

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