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Summery Tofu Salad With Fresh Herbs, and Sesame Dressing [Vegan]

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When temperatures insist on dipping below zero for months on end, winter begins to lose its charm. Cooking up lots of warm, heavy meals to fortify us for the cold is often the only defense. Today, though, I found myself fantasizing about the bright, fresh, tangy flavors of summer. Inspired by the ingredients I happened to have in my fridge (It’s too chilly to venture out to the grocery store!), this colorful Vietnamese-style salad is a great way to trick yourself into believing summer isn’t actually so far away.

Summery Tofu Salad With Fresh Herbs, and Sesame Dressing [Vegan]

This Recipe is :

Dairy Free Vegan




  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon tahini (If you don’t have this on hand, you can use an equal amount of mayonnaise or non dairy yogurt)
  • 1 tablespoon, plus 2 teaspoons soy sauce (use less if desired)
  • 2 teaspoons rice vinegar or lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar or sweetener of your choice
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds, plus more to garnish
  • 1 6.5 ounce package of the firmest tofu you can find, cut into ½ inch cubes
  • 1 ½ cup cooked green beans, cut into bite sized pieces (frozen work well)
  • ½ cup basil, mint, and/or cilantro, chopped
  • Generous squeeze of Sriracha (optional)
  • Additional sesame seeds to garnish


  1. Combine first seven ingredients in a small bowl and stir with a fork until smooth and creamy.
  2. Combine tofu, beans, and fresh herbs in a larger bowl and add dressing from Step 1. Stir well.
  3. Allow tofu and beans to marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, preferably a few hours.
  4. Before serving, garnish with a generous squeeze of Sriracha and additional toasted sesame seeds.


This recipe is great to bring to work or even a picnic: just prepare in the morning, and it’ll get better and better the longer it sits.





Sara B. Allen is an avid foodie and adventurous home cook who adopted a plant-based diet after coming to the realization that eating animals did not jibe with her mind, body, or heart.  She is the author of Just Abt Vegan, a blog showcasing vegan recipes, cooking and lifestyle tips, and personal essays. Most evenings, you can find her in her itty-bitty Manhattan kitchen, cooking and splattering delicious sauces and gravies all over the counters and walls.



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