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Marinated Tofu Salad with a Sweet Balsamic Glaze

  • Author: Lindsey
  • Total Time: 20 min + 1 hour marinate
  • Yield: Serves 4-6 1x


This seared, marinated tofu salad packs serious flavor in every bite! The sweet balsamic marinade can be reduced to make a simple salad dressing!



1 package extra firm tofu


1 cup balsamic vinegar

¼ cup packed brown sugar

1 shallot, finely diced

2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped

large pinch sea salt (or more if you wish)

1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


Baby Field Greens

Baby Watercress (my current obsession)

Shallot, thinly sliced

Red, Orange & Yellow Baby Bell Peppers (the bigger ones taste exactly the same, they just aren’t as cute!)

Red Grapes, sliced lengthwise

Blue Cheese (scrap this ingredient and it’s vegan!)

Sliced Honey Roasted Almonds


  1. Remove tofu from it’s packaging and place it on several sheets of folded paper towels. Cover the top of tofu block with several more folded paper towels and place a heavy pan on top. I like to use my large cast iron skillet. So multipurpose! This will gently squeeze out some of the excess moisture so that the tofu is even denser and will sear nicely.

  2. While you press the tofu, prepare the marinade. Throw all the ingredients in a large plastic bag and shake to mix. Remove and throw away paper towels (yes, I know this is a huge waste but I have yet to find a better way to get the same effect) from tofu. Cut ¼ inch thick slices and place in the marinade. Seal the bag, swish it around to coat and then place in refrigerator. Flip bag over half way through your marinade time. While your tofu marinates, prepare your salad.

    marinated tofu

  3. Mine marinated for 48 hours. It was undeniably too long. Tofu is like a sponge and the balsamic flavor was very intense. Not unbearable, but not as delicate as I would have wished. I recommend 1 hour to overnight at the longest.

    Seared Marinated Tofu

  4. Heat a stainless steel pan over medium heat. Add a little oil and sear tofu until it develops a nice crispy crust (2-3 minutes) then flip. Meanwhile, heat the remaining marinade in a saucepan and reduce to ¼ cup. If you aren’t sure if it has reduced enough, taste a little to see if the sweetness is to your liking. When it cools it will be nice and syrupy.Sweet Balsamic Glaze

  5. Arrange tofu on your salad and drizzle with a little of the balsamic glaze. Voila! Dinner is served.

  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Category: Salad
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