Asian Salad Bowl

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

Ingredients

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

Instructions

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.

Enjoy

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Mariah Preis

Vegetarian and Plant-Based Nutrition

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Mariah Preis – Future Holistic Nutritionist Mom, Wife, Student

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