Chinese Sliced Tofu Salad (凉拌豆腐丝)

Chinese sliced tofu salad is a quick cold dish you can toss together in 10 minutes and is perfect for summer. Learn how to use tofu noodles to make a nutrition-packed vegetarian dish that has a wonderful texture. {Vegan, Gluten-Free adaptable}

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After moving from Beijing, one thing I’ve missed most is the array of tofu and soy products available. If you go to a supermarket in China, you’ll find the tofu aisle is as gigantic as the cereal section of a grocery store in the US. Not only can you find various types of tofu, there are also many products to help you create a vegetarian meal with great texture and flavor. For example, tofu noodles, mock meat (pre-seasoned fried tofu), tofu puffs, and thin sheets made of soybeans.

Last week I was delighted to find out that our Asian market in Austin is now carrying a few more tofu products. (Seems like they’ve been slowly improving their products and services, since Ranch 99 and H-Mart announced they’re coming to Austin.) I couldn’t wait to stuff my shopping cart with packages of sliced and smoked tofu.

I made this sliced tofu salad for dinner, just like my mom always does in summer. My husband devoured a big plate of it and told me that it tastes like China 🙂

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What is sliced tofu?

Sliced tofu, or Dou Fu Si (豆腐丝), is cut from thin sheets of tofu. This type of tofu is quite similar to extra firm tofu, but it has a denser texture and contains seasoning. You can get a better idea of sliced tofu if you look at its nutrition facts.

  • One serving of extra firm tofu (50g) contains 3 grams of fat, 2 grams of carbs, and 6 grams of protein.
  • One serving of sliced tofu (50g) contains 7 grams of fat, 6 grams of carbs, and 18 grams of protein.

You can see that the sliced tofu has almost triple the nutrient density of extra firm tofu.

Chinese Sliced Tofu Salad Cooking Process

Sliced tofu usually comes mildly seasoned. The brand I got contains salt, fennel, Sichuan peppercorn, anise, and cassia bark (cinnamon). These tofu slices are like protein noodles and hold their shape very well. We usually use them in salads, soups, and stir fries.

You can use the sliced tofu straight from the package. However my mom usually blanches it for a few seconds, to remove the strong soy taste and soften its texture.

How to create your own tofu salad

Tofu salad is the type of dish my mom will toss together without any recipe, with whatever ingredients she has on hand.

The recipe below shows the flavor that my family uses most often – a refreshing vinegar-based dressing that brings out the ingredients. If you like a heavier seasoning, you can add a spoonful of homemade chili oil to spice up your salad. Or you can use the sauce from my Dan Dan noodle recipe to make a boldly flavored Dan Dan tofu salad. If you like a nutty sauce, go to my chicken spring roll recipe and use the peanut butter sauce there.

Chinese Sliced Tofu Salad Cooking Process

There are limitless ways to add veggies to this salad. The most common ingredients include carrot, cucumber, pepper, and onion. You can also use zucchini, cabbage, summer squash, and radish. I found a great ratio to follow is 4 cups of sliced tofu to 2 cups of sliced veggies of your choice. I cut all the veggies with a knife, but feel free to use a julienne peeler.

Again, this sliced tofu salad is designed to be a simple and quick dish. It shouldn’t take you more than 10 minutes to put together. And do feel free with play with it and figure out your favorite combo 🙂

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Chinese Sliced Tofu Salad | Appetizer | Healthy | Recipe | Gluten Free| Vegan | Vegetarian | Summer | Easy | Vegetables |

Chinese Sliced Tofu Salad (凉拌豆腐丝)


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  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 to 4
  • Category: Main
  • Cuisine: Chinese

Description

Chinese sliced tofu salad is a quick cold dish you can toss together in 10 minutes and is perfect for summer. Learn how to use tofu noodles to make a nutrition-packed vegetarian dish that has a wonderful texture.


Ingredients

  • 4 cups sliced tofu
  • 4 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • 1 cucumber, slices (or pepper, or celery)
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce (or tamari for gluten-free option)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • (Optional) 2 tablespoons homemade chili oil
  • (Optional) 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro for garnish

Instructions

  1. Bring a small pot of water to a boil. Add the sliced tofu and stir for a few seconds. Rinse the sliced tofu with tap water, drain thoroughly, and set aside to cool.
  2. Add sesame oil and garlic into a small bowl. Heat in microwave for 30 seconds, or cook until the oil just starts to bubble and the garlic turns tender.(*Footnote 1)
  3. Right before serving, add sliced tofu, carrot and bell peppers into a big bowl. Add the sesame oil and garlic, green onion, rice vinegar, salt, and chili oil (if using). Toss to mix well.
  4. Garnish with cilantro and serve as an appetizer.

Notes

  1. This step helps to make the garlic flavor milder. However do feel free to use the raw garlic without heating in the sesame oil if you like that pungent flavor.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 serving of the 4 servings
  • Calories: 108cal
  • Sugar: 2.6g
  • Sodium: 452mg
  • Fat: 6g
  • Carbohydrates: 6.9g
  • Fiber: 0.8g
  • Protein: 5.4g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

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3 thoughts on “Chinese Sliced Tofu Salad (凉拌豆腐丝)

    1. Maggie Post author

      Hi Mary, you should able to find the sliced tofu in Asian market at the refrigerated section, along with tofu. It is a vacuum packed fresh product.

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  1. Anna

    Hi Maggie,
    I just made this for my husband last night and he loved it too!
    It reminded me of home. It tastes even better the next day with a lot of Lao Gan Ma 🙂
    Thanks for sharing your great recipes!
    Anna

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