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Grilled Tex Mex Tofu Salad
with corn / tomatoes / tortilla chips / shallot vinaigrette

Active: 35 min Total: 35 min
The warm, spiced tofu served over fresh summery ingredients will make this salad a staple for the warmer months.
Smarts: If you can get fresh corn on the cob, you can char the cobs on the grill at the same time as the steak and then slice the corn off the cobs for the salad. This will give the salad even more smoky flavor.
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Ingredients

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Servings:
4
Grilled Tex Mex Tofu Salad:
  • Tofu, extra-firm - 16 oz, 1/2" / 1.3 cm thick 'steaks' (vacuum-packed preferable)
  • Celery - 2 stalks, thinly sliced
  • Chili powder - 1 tsp
  • Cumin - 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander, ground - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Black pepper - 1/4 tsp
  • Corn kernels, fresh or frozen - 2 cups
  • Lettuce, green leaf - 8 oz, chopped (sub mixed greens or baby spinach)
  • Tomatoes, cherry or grape - 1 1/2 cups, halved
  • Avocados - 1, cubed
  • Green onions - 2 stalks, chopped, green and white parts combined
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Tortilla chips - 4 oz, crumbled
Shallot Vinaigrette:
  • Shallots - 2 cloves, diced
  • Vinegar, red or white wine - 1 Tbsp
  • Mustard, Dijon - 1 Tbsp
  • Honey - 2 tsp
  • Oil, olive - 4 Tbsp

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Prep

  1. If prepping right before cooking, get grill heating before continuing with prep.
  2. Tofu - If tofu is packaged in water, press out liquid first, like in this video. Then slice into 1/2” / 1.3 cm thick steaks (be sure to make the tofu steaks large enough so that they will rest on the grill grates without falling through). (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  3. Celery / Shallots - Prep as directed. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  4. Make vinaigrette - Whisk together shallots, vinegar, mustard, and honey. Add olive oil while whisking. Season with some salt and pepper. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  5. Make spice mix - Combine chili powder, cumin, coriander, salt, and pepper. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  6. Corn - If using fresh corn, slice kernels off cobs. If using frozen corn, defrost in the microwave. (Can be done up to 2 days ahead)
  7. Lettuce / Tomatoes / Avocados / Green onions - Prep as directed.

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Make

  1. Rub tofu “steaks” on both sides with cooking oil and then spice mix.
  2. Heat up grill to 400F / 204C. Clean grates and brush with some cooking oil. Add tofu and sear over direct heat until lightly charred and warmed through, 5 to 7 minutes total.
  3. Toss lettuce with celery, corn, tomatoes, avocados, and green onions. Add shallot vinaigrette until dressed to your liking. Crumble tortilla chips into the salad and toss lightly.
  4. Serve tofu over salad. Enjoy!

Prep

  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 steaks. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  2. Celery / Shallots - Prep as directed. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Make vinaigrette - Whisk together shallots, vinegar, mustard, and honey. Add olive oil while whisking. Season with some salt and pepper. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  4. Make spice mix - Combine chili powder, cumin, coriander, salt, and pepper. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  5. Corn - If using fresh corn, slice kernels off cobs. If using frozen corn, defrost in the microwave. (Can be done up to 2 days ahead)
  6. Lettuce / Tomatoes / Avocados / Green onions - Prep as directed.

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Make

  1. Rub tofu “steaks” on both sides with cooking oil and then spice mix.
  2. Heat a grill pan or skillet with cooking oil over medium-low heat. Add tofu and sear over direct heat until lightly charred and warmed through, 5 to 7 minutes total.
  3. Toss lettuce with celery, corn, tomatoes, avocados, and green onions. Add shallot vinaigrette until dressed to your liking. Crumble tortilla chips into the salad and toss lightly.
  4. Serve tofu over salad. Enjoy!

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Reviews

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Most Helpful

Instead of grilling the tofu I did a crispy oven bake (same seasonings but added cornstarch and oil) and it was perfect in this salad. The dressing was just right. Added feta cheese and other vegetables I had in my crisper.

By: Sharlene
Posted: Jun 25, 2020
Diet: Vegetarian
1 Helpful

18 reviews

Not bad, but nothing special.

By: Lynn
Posted: Jul 18, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Decent but not good enough to make again

By: Namrita
Posted: Jul 16, 2020
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

This was a great summer salad - I made this with the first fresh corn of the season, and that added a ton of flavor.

By: Melissa
Posted: Jul 14, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Not blown away but still a really nice meal!

By: Catherine
Posted: Jul 07, 2020
Diet: Gluten-free
0 Helpful

Cooksmarts salads are always good! I liked the tofu and can see making it again for sure.

By: Delaney
Posted: Jul 03, 2020
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

I really liked this with tofu, but want to have a different dressing next time, like maybe a creamy cilantro dressing or something. Definitely enjoyed doing it on the grill and the corn on the grill also. Will try the steak version in the future.

By: Kristine
Posted: Jul 03, 2020
Diet: Vegetarian
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