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Thai Red Curry Tofu Salad
with mango / pickled onions / peanuts

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The balance of sweet, sour, savory, and spice can be found in both the ingredients and the dressing of this Thai-inspired salad that we last featured in 2019.
Smarts: Like many salad dressings used throughout Southeast Asia, this one is much thinner than dressings used in Western cooking. It's typical for the dressing to pool a bit in the bottom of the serving bowl - just toss everything together gently as you eat to get more of the flavor.
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Ingredients

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Servings:
4
Thai Red Curry Tofu Salad:
  • Tofu, extra-firm - 16 oz, 1/2" / 1.3 cm cubes (vacuum-packed preferable)
  • Bell peppers, red - 1, thinly sliced
  • Onions, medium and red - 1/2, thinly sliced
  • Vinegar, rice - 1/2 cup
  • Water - 3/4 cup
  • Sugar - 2 tsp
  • Lettuce, romaine - 2 hearts, chopped
  • Cilantro leaves - 1/4 cup, chopped
  • Mangos - 1, cubed
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Red curry paste - 2 tsp
  • Cornstarch - 2 tsp
  • Soy sauce, low-sodium - 2 Tbsp
  • Peanuts, roasted and unsalted - 1/2 cup
Thai Lime Dressing:
  • Ginger (opt) - 1 tsp, grated
  • Soy sauce, low-sodium - 1 1/2 Tbsp
  • Lime juice - 1 1/2 Tbsp
  • Brown sugar - 2 tsp
  • Oil, toasted sesame - 1 tsp

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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 cubes. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  2. Bell peppers / Onions - Prep as directed. Store separately. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Pickle onions - Combine vinegar, water, sugar, and sliced onions. (The onions should be mostly covered with liquid, so add some more water if needed. You’ll drain it off before using onions in the salad.) (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  4. Make dressing - Grate ginger. Combine with soy sauce (portion for dressing), lime juice, brown sugar, and toasted sesame oil. Taste and adjust flavor to your liking. Add more lime juice if you’d like it tarter or sugar if you’d like it sweeter. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  5. Lettuce / Cilantro / Mangos - Prep as directed. Store separately.

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Make

  1. Drain vinegar off onions. The pickled onions will be sour, so if you’d like them to have a milder flavor, rinse them with cool water.
  2. Heat a wok over medium-high heat. Add cooking oil and then tofu to heated oil. Sear on all sides until golden brown, 6 to 8 minutes.
  3. Whisk together curry paste, cornstarch, and soy sauce (portion for salad).
  4. Pour curry paste mixture over tofu and bring to a simmer. Gently toss to coat tofu in sauce. Season tofu with some salt and pepper.
  5. Toss lettuce with bell peppers, onions, cilantro, and mangos. Add half the dressing and toss to combine.
  6. Top salads with tofu and peanuts. Add more dressing if you’d like. Enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (38)
Gluten-free (5)
Paleo (3)
Vegetarian (17)

Most Helpful

This was absolutely delicious, as good as any Thai restaurant meal and I enjoy Thai food. In fact, I am amazed that I could make something that was comparable. Hats off to whomever created the recipe.

By: June
Posted: Aug 06, 2021
Diet: Original
1 Helpful

28 reviews

Delicious and refreshing. Would half the onions next time.

By: Seren
Posted: Oct 31, 2021
Diet: Gluten-free
0 Helpful

This was so so good! Pretty easy prep too. I think the only thing I might do is add cabbage or another leafy green as the base...the romaine just didn't do it for me. but the curry paste on the steak was *chef's kiss* and I want to make this again immediately

By: Katharine
Posted: Oct 19, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Good salad. Tofu was just okay. Maybe marinating it would have made it more flavorful?

By: Julie
Posted: Oct 03, 2021
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

Not super curry-y I was worried it would be too spicy but it was perfect. The mangos add so much.

By: Caitlin
Posted: Sep 12, 2021
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

The flavors were very good, but this took me over an hour to prepare.

By: Sarina
Posted: Aug 25, 2021
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

Favorite salad on the website!

By: Colleen
Posted: Aug 24, 2021
Diet: Paleo
0 Helpful