November 10, 2020
This Asian Salad Bowl is full of fresh flavour, lime-twisted tang and a nice cool CRUNCH! It features a fluffy bed of healthy quinoa to keep you full until your next meal is gluten-free and vegan (if you omit the fish sauce in the tofu). This salad features a marinated tofu which you can look up online. There are a million recipes. Pick one that sounds good to you!
After creating my own recipe for marinated tofu, I thought I would try my hand at a salad bowl. I gathered up a bunch of my favourite vegetables that you would normally find in an Asian dish and came up with this winner. My only regret was that after I had eaten it, I realized it would have been even better with the fresh, watery crunch of some water chestnuts. Hence, I have added them to the recipe.
This dish is great as a simple lettuce salad but it becomes a meal when you add a small bed of quinoa for some healthy protein and fibre. Quinoa is known as a “super-food” or “super-grain” because it’s packed full of B vitamins and minerals that give you energy and keep you healthy. Quinoa is also one of the only known plant sources that are a complete protein. If you’re not into quinoa, some brown rice would make another excellent base as well.
Asian Salad Bowl
Note – Makes 2 large meal-sized salads
- 1/2 cup Marinated Asian Tofu (save the marinade)
- 1 cup cooked quinoa (cooled)
- 2 cups of lettuce
- 1/2 large avocado cut in slices and removed from peel
- 1/4 cup julienne carrots
- 1/4 cup of shredded purple cabbage
- 1/4 cup bean sprouts
- 1/3 broccoli florets
- 2 tsp. sesame seeds
- 2 sticks of green chopped onion
Note – You are going to be splitting all of the ingredients evenly between two large bowls.
- Start with your base layer of quinoa on the bottom of the bowl. Then, on top, your lettuce.
- Arrange the rest of your ingredients in small piles around the edge of the bowl. I like to put the tofu in the middle.
- Sprinkle with sesame seeds and garnish with a slice of lime.
- Add a few tablespoons of the tofu marinade as a salad dressing OR you may add any other Asian flavoured salad dressing you prefer.
If you are serving this to more than 2 people as a main dish you may wish to double or triple the recipe. You could also choose not to split the ingredients and make this one big salad to serve as a side for a family of 4.