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BBQ Tofu Corn Kale Ranch Salad


This post is sponsored by House Foods Tofu.

Today's BBQ Tofu Corn Kale Ranch Salad is a meal in a bowl! This entree salad is loaded with healthy ingredients like kale, corn, carrots and of course hearty BBQ skillet tofu triangles on top and creamy silken tofu ranch dressing to make everything extra amazing. This country style salad is a delicious and easy dinner option for you and your family. These flavors will impress!..

This Tofu Ranch Dressing is so good! Rich and creamy with a punch of plant-based protein..



Sauce and toss! For a creamier salad, be generous with your dressing..





Sticky-sweet BBQ tofu on top for protein and flavor. I also added a sprinkle of vegan Parm topping.



Drizzle on an extra coating of ranch if you want!..



Today's state in the House Foods 50 plates of tofu series: Nebraska! When I think of Nebraska I think of rolling fields, endless miles of countryside, corn fields and sunshine. Enter in giant country-style salads with creamy ranch on top.

This country-inspired, rustic BBQ tofu salad combines delicious triangles of skillet tofu - all sticky and sweet - with a homemade vegan ranch dressing, made using silken tofu. The salad contains kale, Nebraska-inspired corn, radishes, grated carrots and a few fresh tomatoes. 







BBQ Tofu Corn Kale Ranch Salad

Kathy Patalsky

Published 05/17/2017

BBQ Tofu Corn Kale Ranch Salad

BBQ Tofu Triangles and a veggie-filled salad combines with vegan ranch dressing for a delicious entree bowl.

Ingredients

  • Salad Veggies:
  • 1 bunch of organic kale
  • 1 cup corn
  • 1 cup radishes, thinly sliced
  • 2 large carrots, grated
  • BBQ Tofu:
  • 1 package House Foods Tofu, firm or extra-firm
  • 1/2 cup vegan BBQ sauce
  • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Ranch Dressing:
  • 1 package House Foods Tofu, soft
  • 2 Tbsp vegan mayo
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2-3 Tbsp agave or maple syrup
  • 3/4 tsp celery seed
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne (optional for a bit of heat)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped parsley or chives (optional)
  • **Feel free to add larger doses of the spices if you like a bolder ranch flavor
  • Also: Vegan Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 cup blue corn chips, crushed

Instructions

  1. Add all the dressing ingredients to a blender and blend from low to high until smooth. Pour into a medium glass jar or cup. Cover and place in the fridge until needed.


  2. Prep the tofu by draining excess liquid from container, and patting the tofu dry with a paper towel or clean dish towel. Slice into triangles or cubes.


  3. Warm a large skillet over high heat. Add the two teaspoons extra virgin olive oil. When oil is hot, add the tofu. Shake the tofu in the pan and cook for two minutes, then add the BBQ sauce over top the tofu. Cover pan with lid or a sheet of foil and reduce heat to medium. Cook for 2-3 minutes more. Flip tofu and keep cooking until the BBQ sauce becomes sticky and coats the tofu. Turn off heat and let the tofu rest in the pan for at least three minutes before adding to salads.


  4. Kale prep. Rinse the kale leaves, then remove the thick stems of the kale, leaving only the curly leaves. Using a knife (not everyone has a “chef’s knife”), chop the kale leaves. Rinse and drain one more time. Set aside. For extra dry leaves, squeeze excess moisture out with a paper towel.


  5. Salad: In a large mixing bowl, add the kale, corn, radishes and carrots. Also add about ¼ cup of dressing. Toss well until all the ingredients are coated. You can add more or less dressing at this stage if you prefer. Add in the corn chips and a few sprinkles of vegan Parm and lightly toss again.
  6. 

Pour the tossed salad into serving bowls and top with the BBQ skillet tofu. Add more chips and vegan Parmesan if desired. Serve!


Yield: 2 servings

Prep Time: 00 hrs. 15 mins.

Cook time: 00 hrs. 10 mins.

Total time: 25 mins.

Tags: salad,entree,kale,corn,tofu,bbq,vegan,dinner,

My '50 Plates of Tofu' Posts so far:
1 - California Avocado Toast
2 - Southwest Tofu Burrito with Avocado
3 - Creamy Cashew Tofu Pot Pie
4 - Gooey Butter Cake
5 - Cherry Tofu Parfaits
6 - Southwest Tofu Quinoa Bowl
7 - Salt and Pepper Tofu Skewers with peanut sauce
8 - BBQ Tofu Corn Kale Ranch Salad
...a two more left, and they are two of my favorites from this series! (Hints for you.. Chocolate something and some ah-mazing tacos...)

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disclosure: this post is sponsored by House Foods Tofu's 50 Plates Series, but all opinions are my own.
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