Pressed Tofu Salad

4 to 6 appetizer servings

20 minutes, plus 2 hours to marinate

There are two keys to this salad. The first is to buy dry, pressed tofu, which is sold in most Asian food markets and some natural food stores. It’s much firmer than regular tofu and has a dense, chewy texture and deep ivory skin—or, if seasoned or precooked—a brown skin. The second is to allow the salad to marinate long enough for the tofu to absorb the flavors of the dressing. That part’s easy, but it does require some planning. 


1 pound dry or extra-firm tofu or firm tofu, squeezed
2 medium to large carrots, peeled
2 large celery stalks, trimmed
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons Chile Paste, or store-bought chile paste
¼ cup dark sesame oil


1Cut the tofu into 2-inch matchsticks; grate the carrots and celery. Whisk together the liquids.

2Toss everything together and marinate for at least 2 hours in the refrigerator. Toss again immediately before serving.

Recipe from How to Cook Everything Vegetarian