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Super Soy Salad

September 27, 2000|JET TILA | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES

Want to get more soy into your diet? Try this nice, cool Tofu Salad.

It's a good source of protein and surprisingly hearty. Good, too, if you're someone who's trying to avoid red meat.

The ingredients can be found at Japanese markets and well-stocked Asian stores.

Serve the salad with glasses of mint tea for a refreshing meal.


Tofu Salad

Mint Tea

Tofu Salad

Active Work and Total Preparation Time: 15 minutes

4 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds

2/3 cup mayonnaise

1/4 cup rice vinegar

1 tablespoon minced ginger root

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1 1/2 teaspoons mirin

1 tablespoon water

1 (14-ounce) carton medium tofu

1 tomato, sliced

1 small Japanese cucumber, sliced

1/4 cup daikon sprouts, bottoms trimmed

1/2 cup bonito flakes

1/2 cup thinly sliced nori (dried seaweed)

* Blend together sesame seeds, mayonnaise, vinegar, ginger, soy sauce, mirin and water until smooth. Set aside in refrigerator.

* Drain tofu and pat dry with paper towels. Cut into cubes and place in medium bowl. Arrange tomato slices, cucumber slices and sprouts on top.

* Pour dressing over and garnish with bonito flakes and seaweed.

2 to 4 servings. Each of 4 servings: 361 calories; 1,643 mg sodium; 10 mg cholesterol; 26 grams fat; 29 grams carbohydrates; 21 grams protein; 2.96 grams fiber.

Mint-Infused Green Tea

Active Work and Total Preparation Time: 10 minutes

3 cups water

3 green tea bags

8 to 10 mint leaves

5 tablespoons sugar

Mint sprigs, for garnish

* Heat water in small pot until boiling and remove from heat.

* Add tea bags and mint leaves. Stir in sugar and let tea steep 5 to 10 minutes. Let cool until ready to serve.

* Serve over ice and garnish with springs of mint.

2 to 4 servings. Each of 4 servings: 61 calories; 0 sodium; 0 cholesterol; 0 fat; 16 grams carbohydrates; 0 protein; 0 fiber.


30 minutes before: Boil water for tea.

25 minutes before: Steep tea with mint and sugar.

15 minutes before: Make dressing for salad. Let tea cool.

10 minutes before: Drain tofu. Trim sprouts, slice tomato and cucumber.

5 minutes before: Combine salad ingredients.

Just before serving: Pour tea over ice and garnish.


Shopping List

Bonito flakes

Daikon sprouts

Japanese cucumber

Mint leaves

Nori (dried seaweed)




Ginger root

Green tea



Rice vinegar

Soy sauce


Toasted sesame seeds

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