Marinated Tofu Spinach Salad


There’s nothing I love more than a light, carefree, sunny Sunday Morning. The kind of day where I get up at a reasonable 9 AM and crunch on cereal as I read the morning headlines on my computer and the sun’s rays stream through my window. The kind of day without a jury summons. Murphy’s law is a wise-old adage that we know all too well on bad days: “anything that can go wrong, will.” I guess it’s pretty funny though that my jury summons came a couple of days after I had a conversation with my parents about student status and jury duty. I think I know better than to talk about jury service in casual conversation now.

Luckily, I’m getting out of it this time around, simply because I won’t be in CA for more than a week for the next year, but they’ll track me down. Which got me to thinking–what would I need to get me through a day of jury duty? Something fresh, yet savory, to get me through an entire day of sitting or the embarrassment of channeling Liz Lemon from 30 Rock, who tried to get out of jury duty by dressing up as Princess Leia.


My dad had some extra spinach (read: about 4 pounds of extra spinach). He picked up 5 pounds of it at 10 cents a pound from some Asian supermarket in Irvine. I don’t know how that’s possible, so don’t ask. I figured I’d take that spinach, raise it a salad, put some tofu in it, and make an Asian dressing. It was really easy to throw together and tasted bright and great. I think I’m going to take the idea back to school with me and experiment with more ingredients. The dressing was a random concoction, but it turned out really nice and perfectly complimented the salad.

Ingredients:
1/4 package marinated tofu, cubed
1/2 large carrot, shaved
1 1/2 cup spinach leaves (not packed)

For Dressing:
1 tsp soy sauce
1 1/2 tsp black vinegar
2 tsp sesame oil
1/2 tsp yellow mustard
1/2 tsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp finely chopped green onions
1/4 tsp finely chopped ginger

Note: you can substitute any kind of grilled meat for the tofu and use a different vinegar if you don’t have Asian black vinegar. Feel free to add more veggies to the salad as well!

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