Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Ooh look, a salad!
I don't think I've ever featured a salad on my blog before. If I have I can't remember. The idea for this came when my brother stopped by last night. He had just gone to Trader Joe's for food shopping and bought a bunch of pre-made salads, one of which he had for dinner. It was a BBQ chicken salad. It looked pretty tasty (except for the chicken part of course). I'm attracted to any food with bbq sauce in it and I immediately got the idea to make my own version of his BBQ salad.
I made mine with with tofu chunks instead of chicken. I took four 1/2" thick slices of firm tofu and dredged them in some seasonings. Any combination would do. I used a recipe from the Country Life cookbook called "Country Style Seasoning" which has nutritional yeast, garlic powder, onion powder, celery seed and other stuff in it. I cooked the dredged tofu slices in a hot pan sprayed with oil for 4 minutes per side until they were nice and browned. I then cut them into cubes and tossed them with chopped yellow bell peppers, red onion, corn and thinly chopped zucchini. I dressed them with some vegenaise, bbq sauce, liquid smoke and seasoned it with salt, pepper and a dash of cumin. I let the mixture chill in the fridge for a while before I scooped it onto a bed of butter lettuce and radicchio, red onions, shaved carrots and crushed tortilla chips. Then I drizzled it with some vegan ranch and extra bbq sauce. This was a delicious salad. I can't wait to have it again.