Colorful Tofu Salad with Basil and Cashews

by on June 28, 2006
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Colorful Tofu Salad with Basil and Cashews

It’s swim-meet season, that dreaded time of year when once a week my family sits outside in the humid Mississippi heat while my daughter periodically gets to jump into a pool and swim as though Jaws himself were after her. She stays nice and cool while the rest of us wilt. Since we’re out there sizzling for five hours that stretch right through dinner, I often bring along a picnic of sandwiches and salads.

One of our favorite picnic foods is this tofu salad, which my husband first made for me while we were dating. (I was so impressed with his cooking!) He had a couple of vegetarian cookbooks that I hadn’t seen before, and this was in one of them, The Best 125 Meatless Main Dishes. The other day as I was planning to make this salad, I took a good look at the book and noticed for the first time that it was co-written by Mindy Toomay, whose blog I read regularly. Small (vegetarian) world!

I’ve adapted the salad to reduce the fat, but I’ve increased the seasonings and added fresh basil so that you won’t miss the olive oil. It’s a colorful salad, full of the flavors of summer.

Colorful Tofu Salad with Basil and Cashews

Thank to Mindy and her co-author Susann Geiskopf-Hadler for a great recipe!

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1 SusanV July 28, 2009 at 2:06 pm

These comments were posted before the blog was moved:

tAnYeTTa said…
12:54 PM, June 28, 2006

Megan the Vegan said…
great use of the tomato as a bowl! You are so creative.
1:59 PM, June 28, 2006

Melody said…
That looks wonderful.. I wish I could teleport all the delicious food I see on the vegan blogs to my kitchen..
2:19 PM, June 28, 2006

Courtney said…

The picture of this dish is lovely! I am very impressed–both with the yummy sounding recipe AND with your beautiful photo!
2:21 PM, June 28, 2006

kaivegan said…
Thanks for another cool recipe, Susan. This one is calling out my name.
3:05 PM, June 28, 2006

Urban Vegan said…
how lovely. your photos are amazing, too.
8:19 PM, June 28, 2006

Lake Desire said…
I’m probably going to make this over the weekend. Looks wonderful.

I really am curious about white balsamic vinegar. I’ve never seen it in the store before, but I’ve been seeing it pop up a lot lately on menus and recipes. I’ll watch for it at the co-op.
10:44 AM, June 29, 2006

Mindy T. said…
Thanks, Susan, for the plug. I am so glad you are enjoying the tofu salad I invented lo those many years ago (and adapting it to your own preferences). Reminds me that I’m not toiling away in a vacuum!

BTW, I know via my nephew all about that swim meet business. It’s grueling!

Blessings …
3:01 AM, July 04, 2006

Ana said…
This looks so good, and very pretty served on the tomato! I will try this recipe soon, there are lots of tomatoes around my garden right now!
1:45 PM, July 05, 2006

moonwatcher said…
Hi Susan,

This is really good!! And fun to make. . .I just had some in a pita pocket with a few rounds of grilled eggplant and tomato and lettuce and sprouts. . .yum, yum. . I am quite pleased with myself that I figured out how to grill eggplant slices in my 2 dollar calphalon stovetop grill pan from the salvation army I’ve been spritzing them with braggs and dusting them with garlic powder. . .anyway, thanks to you–and D–for another great meal! xo


2 Tina April 1, 2010 at 8:06 am

This looks so delicious! 🙂
All the ingredients in it look great– and good idea to make this with cashews!
You don't by any chance know a good place to find stone-ground mustard or cashews, do you?
I've been looking around online for these so I can make
Colorful Tofu Salad with Basil and Cashews also. 🙂

Really like your blog



3 Leonora June 17, 2010 at 3:36 pm

Good question Tina! Did you get an answer? I would also like to know where to get stone-ground mustard.


4 SusanV June 17, 2010 at 3:58 pm

Stone-ground mustard can be found in any supermarket with the other mustards. One of my favorites is Grey Poupon’s Harvest Coarse Ground.


5 Kellyzkool June 26, 2010 at 1:22 pm

This looks good – I am definitely going to try it. I’m making a batch of cold salads and living off them each week! This brings up a question I’ve never quite known the answer to – is it fine to eat tofu as you buy it, without cooking it? I thought I had read that it could have bacteria so have never been sure if I should. Thanks in advance for any info on this! I buy tofu both shrink wrapped (e.g. Nasoya and Mori-Nu) as well as locally made tofu, not sure if that makes a difference.


6 SusanV June 26, 2010 at 1:30 pm

Most people eat it as-is, without cooking, but I’ve heard the same thing about bacteria. I think it should be possible to blanch the tofu quickly to kill any bacteria before making the salad, though I have to admit that I haven’t done that. I eat “raw” tofu so rarely that I haven’t bothered with the blanching.


7 Kellyzkool June 26, 2010 at 2:45 pm

Thanks, that is a great idea about blanching! I’ll keep it in mind for raw tofu recipes.


8 Kirsten June 29, 2010 at 7:41 pm

Thank you for this recipe. I just made it and it is delicious. It’s 85 degrees out and I didn’t want to cook so this was perfect. It rarely happens that I have everything in my kitchen that I need for a recipe, but I did this time! I guess it was meant to be :).


9 VeganWheekers July 30, 2010 at 12:21 pm

Lovely presentation! Recipe is going on my to make list. 🙂
Also, love this blog! Thanks for the time you put into it. It’s really a treasure!


10 Nanci July 31, 2010 at 8:45 pm

I just made it…did you mean mustard in a powder form or the other? I used a powder form and it didn’t taste good. I’m thinking that either that or my vinegar was bad?


11 SusanV June 28, 2011 at 2:01 pm

Oh, definitely use prepared mustard–stone-ground or Dijon, preferred. I’m sorry that happened, but I’m sure it was the mustard.


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