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Apr 18 2010

Soft Tofu Salad with Ponzu Dressing

Published by at 10:55 pm under Japanese

Recently, we have been obsessed with making this Soft Tofu Salad with Ponzu Dressing – and merely because we are not fans of creamy salad dressings, like Ranch or Caesar. We always try to incorporate more salads and fresh vegetables with our meals, so when we started making this salad, we knew it would be the best go-to side salad for us (and hopefully you, too!). This salad was inspired by Kabuki Japanese Restaurant, where we ate their Tofu Salad which they describe on their menu as Fresh Tofu with Gourmet Spring Mix Covered with Dry Bonito Flakes in Sesame Dressing ($6.95). It was light, refreshing, and not loaded with a fatty dressing! It doesn’t require a lot of ingredients, which makes it even easier to make. We made our own style at home with a ponzu dressing instead of a sesame dressing. Ponzu is a citrus seasoned soy sauce, so it provides a nice balance of tartness and saltiness to the salad. It’s important to buy soft tofu (as opposed to firm) for this dish because the texture is smooth and silky which goes well with this salad. This is an all-around healthy salad that is figure-friendly and perfect to add to your weekly menu – afterall, it’s almost beach season!

These are the basic ingredients you'll need: soft tofu, spring mix salad, cherry or plum tomatoes, bonito flakes, nori strips, ponzu sauce, vegetable oil, and sesame seeds. But don't feel like you have to have everything on this list. The main components of this tasty salad is having the soft tofu with greens along with the ponzu dressing.

This simple dressing is a 1:1 ratio. Pour in 1 part of ponzu sauce into a bowl and slowly drizzle 1 part vegetable oil and whisk until emulsified and slightly thickened.

Isn't that easy or what? You get a colorful and healthy salad that doesn't need meat to be good. Remember, just because you are eating salads doesn't mean it's necessarily good for you - especially when you pour a creamy dressing on top! Try this Japanese-inspired salad that is light and fulfilling!

22 responses so far

22 Responses to “Soft Tofu Salad with Ponzu Dressing”

  1. anncooon 19 Apr 2010 at 1:57 am

    Oh..this looks so delicious and healthy. Must bookmark this!
    .-= anncoo´s last blog ..Steamed Minced Pork with Dong Cai 冬菜蒸猪肉 =-.

  2. tigerfishon 19 Apr 2010 at 2:00 am

    I definitely prefer this ponzu dressing – refreshing with that hint of citrus.
    .-= tigerfish´s last blog ..Pasta in Tomato-Chicken Curry Sauce =-.

  3. 5 Star Foodieon 19 Apr 2010 at 8:20 am

    Sounds excellent especially with the ponzu dressing, yum!
    .-= 5 Star Foodie´s last blog ..International Incident Party: Wild Little Plum Pizza Pie =-.

  4. Patty Priceon 19 Apr 2010 at 9:03 am

    I’ve never tried ponzu dressing, your salad looks good and healthy, great combination!

  5. sweetlifeon 19 Apr 2010 at 9:15 am

    great dressing..

    sweetlife

  6. denise @ quickies on the dinner tableon 19 Apr 2010 at 9:29 am

    So fresh and healthy and I love both tofu and ponzu! This is a must-try!
    .-= denise @ quickies on the dinner table´s last blog ..just pointing in the general direction =-.

  7. noobcookon 19 Apr 2010 at 10:13 am

    Your salad looks light and refreshing. I prefer asian salads too ^^
    .-= noobcook´s last blog ..Ang Zao Mee Suah Using Best Ingredients from Sitiawan, Perak =-.

  8. Katie @ Cozydeliciouson 19 Apr 2010 at 10:18 am

    I have never tried cooking with Ponzu, but your salad dressing sounds wonderful! I’m going to havd to try it. I love simple make at home salad dressings. While I’m not a fan of the bottled stuff, I also don;t want to fuss around with a thousand ingrediants just for a dressing. Thank you!

  9. jenn (Bread + Butter)on 19 Apr 2010 at 10:41 am

    I’m currently in a little tofu kick. One of the great things about tofu is how they absorb the flavors they are put in. Yum!!!! Awesome salad.
    .-= jenn (Bread + Butter)´s last blog ..Great Depression Cooking =-.

  10. lisaiscookingon 19 Apr 2010 at 11:25 am

    Your salad looks fresh and light and lovely! And, the ponzu dressing sounds delicious.
    .-= lisaiscooking´s last blog ..Scallops with Blood Orange and Campari Granita =-.

  11. Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwalon 19 Apr 2010 at 12:45 pm

    Very very interesting and healthy looking one.

  12. connieon 19 Apr 2010 at 1:16 pm

    Looks really good.

  13. Kristaon 19 Apr 2010 at 5:12 pm

    Bit by bit I’ve been trying tofu in different dishes and this, oh this looks WONDERFUL! So light and fresh yet packed with flavor. :-)
    .-= Krista´s last blog ..Homemade Limoncello and Smoked Salmon with Caramelized Onions =-.

  14. Casey Angelovaon 20 Apr 2010 at 5:00 am

    This looks amazing! I need to find ponzu. Thanks for sharing :)

  15. Sandyon 20 Apr 2010 at 8:34 am

    I think the bf would be big on this recipe since he’s a fan of tofu and ponzu!

  16. Michelleon 20 Apr 2010 at 10:49 am

    I thought it would be most appropriate to make my first comment on the first dish I ever tried prepared by the wonderful food addicts folks. =) This is uber yummy and even better to know it is simple to make. I will definitely do this while out here in VA land. Thanks for being wonderful hosts and allowing me to be a guest at your dinner table. It was a treat and I am grateful to you both! Hope to see you again soon!

  17. thefoodaddictson 20 Apr 2010 at 2:20 pm

    Hey Michelle! Thanks for leaving us a comment! Glad you got to try this tofu salad on your own. It’s good, huh? You are always welcomed back to our home if you’re ever in town again! We don’t mind you cooking for us again, either :)

  18. Shamrocks and Shenaniganson 21 Apr 2010 at 11:10 am

    I love tofu but cant seem to get my family on board! Love your blog!
    Shamrocks and Shenanigans
    .-= Shamrocks and Shenanigans´s last blog ..Award!!! =-.

  19. Conor @ HoldtheBeefon 21 Apr 2010 at 6:13 pm

    Definitely my kind of salad, too. I hate getting a salad in a restaurant which would be lovely except for totally drowning in creamy sauce, so I’m always annoying and ask for dressing on the side just in case. Even better to get a light tangy dressing instead, so this looks great!
    .-= Conor @ HoldtheBeef´s last blog ..International Pizza Pie Incident – Poached Pear Pizza Pie =-.

  20. Lori Lynnon 21 Apr 2010 at 9:50 pm

    Very nice!

  21. Stevenon 24 Apr 2010 at 11:55 pm

    Definitely my kind of salad, too. I hate getting a salad in a restaurant which would be lovely except for totally drowning in creamy sauce, so I’m always annoying and ask for dressing on the side just in case. Even better to get a light tangy dressing instead, so this looks great!
    .-= Conor @ HoldtheBeef´s last blog ..International Pizza Pie Incident – Poached Pear Pizza Pie =-.

  22. [...] cubes, sesame seeds, and a super quick and amazingly flavourful dressing from Krissy and Daniel at The Food Addicts (one part ponzu to one part vegetable oil, such as Canola, which I combined in a mini-food [...]

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