4 February, 2021
Quinoa Salad with Crispy Tofu Cubes and Lime Vinaigrette
- 1 large sweet potato, cut into chunks
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- salt and ground black pepper to taste
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
- 1 (12 ounce) package extra-firm tofu, cut into 1-inch cubes
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 avocado, diced
- 2 cups mixed greens with spinach
- 1 cup bite-sized broccoli florets
- ½ cup diced red bell pepper
- ¼ cup capers
- 7 leaves fresh basil, cut into strips, or more to taste
Step 1.Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).
Step 2. Toss sweet potato with 2 tablespoons olive oil, salt, and pepper on a baking sheet; spread out in an even layer.
Step 3. Roast sweet potato in the preheated oven until soft, about 20 minutes.
Step 4. Bring chicken broth to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to low; stir in quinoa. Cover and simmer until quinoa is tender, about 30 minutes. Place in the refrigerator to cool.
Step 5. Bring a pot of generously salted water to a boil. Remove from heat; add tofu cubes. Let soak for 15 minutes. Drain and pat dry with a clean dish towel.
Step 6. Mix flour, cornstarch, garlic powder, salt, and pepper together in a shallow bowl. Toss tofu cubes in flour mixture until evenly coated.
Step 7.Heat 1/4 cup vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook tofu cubes in 2 batches until browned, about 20 seconds per side.
Step 8. Place 3 tablespoons olive oil, lime juice, Dijon mustard, garlic powder, cumin, salt, and pepper in a jar. Seal and shake well to make dressing.
Step 9. Pour dressing into a large bowl. Add sweet potato, tofu cubes, avocado, mixed greens, broccoli, red bell pepper, capers, and basil; toss to combine.
Step 10. Divide quinoa among serving plates; top with sweet potato salad mixture.