Quick Easy Tahini Green Bean Tofu Salad

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Sample recipe from Robin Robertson's 'Quick Fix Vegetarian Cookbook'

Tahini Green Bean Tofu Salad

Tahini Green Bean Tofu Salad is pretty arranged on a platter, impressive for company, a wonderful take-along salad.

Lemon pepper tofu is available in natural food stores, or use our easy Lemon Pepper Baked Tofu recipe.

Gomasio is a blend of toasted sesame seeds and sea salt, available in natural food stores. Grind your own using 4 parts toasted sesame seeds to 1 part salt.

Total Prep & Cook Time: 20 min.

Yield: 4 Servings

Nutrition Data, 308g Serving: 255 cal, 20g carb, 17g fat, 547mg sodium, 8g fiber, 12g protein, low Cholesterol, good source Vit A, Vit C, Vit K, Thiamin, Calcium. Estimated glycemic load 6

Salad Ingredients:

  • 3/4 lb green beans, trimmed and chopped in 1" pieces (2 cups)
  • 3 scallions, minced
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • Salad greens
  • 1 cup grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
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  • Toasted sesame seeds or gomasio (toast sesame seeds by stirring in a dry heavy pan on medium heat for a few minutes - they brown quickly and burn easily, so don't wander off!)
  • 8 oz baked lemon-pepper tofu, cut into 1/4 inch strips

Tahini Dressing Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup tahini (sesame paste)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1/2 diced green pepper
  • 1 Tbsp mirin (rice vinegar) (OR apple cider vinegar)
  • 2 Tbsp tamari soy sauce
  • Juice of 1 lemon (2 - 3 Tbsp)
  • 1 tsp sugar
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Salad Directions:

  1. Steam the green beans until just tender, about 8 minutes. Run under cold water to preserve color and stop the cooking process. Set aside
  2. In a bowl, combine the tahini, garlic, sesame oil, mirin, tamari, lemon juice and sugar. Whisk to blend
  3. In a large bowl, combine the cooked green beans, the scallions, and parsley with enough of the tahini sauce to coat the vegetables. Toss gently to coat the beans
  4. On a round platter lined with salad greens, arrange the green beans and tofu strips in a circular pattern
  5. Mound the tomatoes in the center of the circle
  6. Drizzle the remaining sauce over all and sprinkle with sesame seeds or gomasio

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