Food: Kale + Tofu Salad

Hey MBG readers, it's Monday morning!  This is Caren from Inspired Coast.  I'm in the midst of a food crush with kale.  Weird, I know, but kale is actually a pretty trendy veggie right now.  This salad is super easy, stands up for a long time and tastes out of this world!  

A friend of mine recently made this salad for a party and it blew my mind.  She made a small, non-dairy version for me, but her larger salad sported a heavy dose of parmesan cheese.  You can add that in if you’re a cheese lover, but I prefer the lean protein and texture of baked tofu.  It just feels heartier to me. 

Kale is a super food and a powerhouse of nutrition, but can inhibit the body’s absorption of calcium, so all the more reason to stick with the tofu and bypass the dairy for this dish.  Unlike most leafy salads, kale is a really hardy leafy green and won’t start wilting the minute you add your dressing to it, so it’s also a great dish to bring to potlucks or just any dinner where you think there might be a shortage of healthy choices!

I heart it :)

Tofu + Kale Salad -
Serves 2 to 4

  • One or two heads of kale (a mix of dinosaur and curly is best)
  • 1/2 or 1 full pkg of sprouted baked tofu 
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon finely minced garlic
  • ½ shallot finely chopped
  • 1/4 avocado, cut into small peices
  • 1 tablespoon of pre-toasted sesame seeds (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Chop kale very finely, to smaller than bite size pieces and add to a large bowl - this is really important!.
  • In a smaller bowl, add chopped shallot, minced garlic, oil, vinegar, lemon juice and salt and pepper.  Mix well.
  • Cut avocado and tofu into very small, bite-sized pieces and add to kale
  • Pour dressing mixture over chopped kale and tofu and mix well with your hands
  • Add toasted sesame seeds and more salt and pepper to taste


-post and images by caren



  1. That looks yum. I need to try to make this.

  2. I love Salad.

  3. This looks delicious! I am a huge kale fan. Love that the Olive Press olive oil is in the pic. So good and from my hometown :)

  4. That knife makes it look super fun and easy. I want one

  5. That sounds and looks delicious! I have to try that out.

  6. Oh my goodness!! I love me some kale!! Will so be having this for lunch!

  7. I might just make this tonight!


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