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Tofu Cucumber Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing

Tofu Cucumber Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing

Making tofu tastier can be as simple as tossing it in a knockout sauce like this Sichuan-inspired peanut dressing. To make this cucumber salad recipe a meal, add rice noodles and double the dressing. Serve with an extra drizzle of sesame oil and sliced scallions.


Spicy Peanut Dressing

  • 1 ½ tablespoons natural peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons toasted (dark) sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon black bean-garlic sauce
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • ½ teaspoon chile-garlic sauce or Sriracha, or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon finely chopped garlic
  • ¼ teaspoon ground Sichuan peppercorns


  • 8 ounces extra-firm water-packed tofu, drained and cut into ½-inch cubes
  • 1 large English cucumber, quartered and sliced ¾ inch thick
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped cilantro, divided
  • ¼ cup chopped salted roasted peanuts
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced scallion greens


  • To prepare dressing: Combine peanut butter, soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, black bean-garlic sauce, ginger, chile-garlic sauce (or Sriracha), sugar, garlic and ground peppercorns in a medium bowl; whisk until well combined.
  • To prepare salad: Combine tofu, cucumber and ¾ cup cilantro in a large bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of the dressing; toss until well coated. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • To serve, transfer salad to a serving bowl. Drizzle with the remaining dressing. Top with peanuts, scallions and the remaining cilantro.


  • Refrigerate peanut dressing (Step 1) for up to 1 week; bring to room temperature and whisk before serving.

AUTHOR Bruce Aidells
BRAND EatingWell

YIELD 4 servings
ACTIVE TIME 25 minutes
TOTAL TIME 55 minutes


Per serving 167 Calories
Total Fat 12 g
Saturated Fat 2 g
Mono Saturated Fat 5 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 316 mg
Fiber 3 g
Protein 10 g
Potassium 278 mg
Added Sugars 1 g
Total Sugars 2 g
Calcium 188 mg
Folate 19 mcg
Omega-6 2 g
Vitamin E 1 mg
Zinc 1 mg
Vitamin B3 2 mg
Carbohydrate Servings ½

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