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Thai Tofu
with mango and cashew chopped salad

Active: 35 min Total: 35 min
A Thai-inspired dressing with sweet, sour, and savory flavors works as both a sauce and salad dressing in this colorful meal. The dressing is thin, so be sure to toss the salad right before serving.
Smarts: We used English cucumbers for the salad shown in the photos. English cucumbers are smaller, sweeter, and have fewer seeds than other varieties. If you see them at your grocery store, try them in your next salad!


Thai Dressing:
  • Ginger - 1 tsp , grated
  • Garlic - 2 cloves , chopped
  • Soy sauce, low-sodium - 2 Tbsp
  • Oil, cooking - 2 Tbsp
  • Honey - 2 tsp
  • Lime juice - 2 tsp
  • Vinegar, rice - 1 tsp
  • Oil, toasted sesame - 1 tsp
Thai Tofu:
  • Tofu, extra-firm - 16 oz , 1" / 2.5 cm cubes (vacuum-packed preferable)
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Thai Dressing (ingredients listed separately) - 3 Tbsp
Chopped Salad with Mango and Cashews:
  • Cucumbers - 10 oz , diced
  • Lettuce, romaine - 1 head , chopped
  • Mango, fresh - 1 , chopped
  • Mint, fresh - 1 Tbsp , chiffonade
  • Thai Dressing (ingredients listed separately) - 3 Tbsp
  • Cashews, roasted and unsalted - 1/3 cup


  1. Tofu - If tofu is packaged in water, press out liquid first, like in this video. Then slice into 1/2” / 1.3 cm thick cubes. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  2. Make dressing - Grate ginger. Chop garlic. Combine ginger, garlic, soy sauce, cooking oil (portion for dressing), honey, lime juice, vinegar, and toasted sesame oil. Whisk until evenly combined. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Cucumbers / Lettuce / Mangos / Mint - Prep as directed and combine.

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  1. Heat a large skillet or nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Add cooking oil (portion for tofu) and then tofu. Sear tofu on all sides until light golden brown, ~8 minutes total.
  2. Pour dressing (portion for tofu) over tofu and simmer to let tofu soak up dressing, ~2 minutes more.
  3. Whisk dressing (portion for salad). Toss with cucumbers, lettuce, mango, and mint. Top with cashews.
  4. Serve tofu with salad on the side. Enjoy!



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