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Edamame Tofu Salad with Sesame Chile Dressing

This well-balanced composed vegetarian salad is refreshing, colorful, and (most important) beautiful. From Feeding the Young Athlete (by Cynthia Lair; Readers to Eaters, 2012)

4 ounces soba noodles, cooked
1 pound firm
tofu, cut in cubes, marinated and fried (Fried Tofu video)
2 cups shelled edamame

1 -2 cups shredded
2 carrots, grated
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 cloves garlic, pressed
5 teaspoons sugar
2 tablespoons mirin (or sake)
1 teaspoon grated ginger
2 teaspoons chili sauce (Thai )
cup olive oil
2 tablespoons hot pepper sesame oil

cup toasted sesame seeds

Prepare salad ingredient:
  • cook soba noodles in boiling water 7-8 minutes and drain
  • fry tofu (see Fried Tofu video)
  • blanch edamame 3 minutes then salt
  • cut vegetables per directions.
Combine all the dressing ingredients except oils in a small bowl.  Drizzle olive oil and sesame oil in slowly and whisk well to incorporate. Dress cooked soba noodles with 2 tablespoons of the dressing while still warm.

Arrange noodles, tofu, edamame, carrots and cabbage in separate piles on a large serving platter.  Garnish noodles with the sesame seeds.  Put dressing in a small pitcher.  Let diners arrange foods on their plates to their preference and dress individually.

Preparation time: 20  minutes
Serves 4
C. Lair, copyright 2009


Wow, this has everything my 3 year old loves in it! This is going on this weekend's meal list. Thank you for this tasty and beautiful meal.
August 14, 2009, 12:20 pm

YUM!! We garnished with thinly cut nori strips--so yummy!
March 20, 2011, 12:32 pm

Molly, Asheville, NC
Both of my 6 and 3 year old girls LOVED this dish, as they do many of your dishes. I purchased Feeding the Whole Family when the oldest was a baby and it is our fave cookbook! Tonight the 3 year old said, 'Mom, you can make this everyday all day long!' Thank you
October 19, 2012, 5:17 pm

Cynthia Lair
Thanks Molly.I think the dressing really makes it work. (Hello to your 3-year old!)
October 20, 2012, 8:01 am

This was just a monstrous hit at our house tonight. My 6 and 8 year olds adored it and have already lodged a request to have it again next week. The flavor was fantastic and it was a show stopper with multicolored carrots and purple cabbage. Yumminess!
March 29, 2015, 9:12 pm

Cynthia Lair
Thank you Carrie. SO happy to hear this!
March 30, 2015, 7:50 am

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