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With the cold thawing off and Spring here it’s a great time to start breaking out those lighter and healthier meals. For me that means lots of refreshing salads for lunch and dinner. I always have a couple of different varieties of leafy greens in my fridge. The other components of my salads often vary so much from one day to the next, be it meats, tofu, colorful veggies, fruits, or nuts and seeds. We crave fresh and new things in life so I try to make salads an exciting experience for my taste buds.
Tofu is the centerpiece of this salad which always pairs nicely with spinach. The star of the salad though is really the avocado salad dressing. The taste is vibrant, it’s slightly creamy yet has so much flavor from the garlic, cilantro and lemon. The pumpkin seeds and roasted butternut squash add color and texture to the dish and up the game in nutrients even more. The end result is a dish that’s very unique and likely something that you and those you are serving the dish to have never had before.
Salad dressings have been given a bad name over the years. Store-bought dressings are often loaded with fat and other ingredients that don’t do your health any favors. They have come around over the last decade with a lot wider variety of healthy dressing options. I still however opt to make my own dressing 99% of the time. It’s quick, you have full control over what goes in, and it’s also fun to play mad scientist a bit and experiment with different tastes.
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- 1 ripe avocado
- 3/4 cup packed fresh spinach cilantro or parsley
- 1/2 cup plain yogurt
- 1 clove garlic quartered
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 1/2 teaspoon SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener Granulated OR any sweetener of your choice
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Place avocado, spinach, cilantro or parsley, yogurt, scallions, garlic, lime juice, Splenda and salt in a blender; blend until smooth.
- 1 package firm sprouted tofu
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
Place the tofu block on a paper towel and place another layer of paper towel on top of the tofu.
Press the top of tofu with a small plate then apply pressure slightly to push out the water.
Using a fork, cut tofu in small pieces then add sea salt, turmeric powder, onion powder, garlic powder. Combine and mix well.
Heat oil in a skillet pan then add tofu, stirring occasionally for about 5 minutes until the tofu is lightly browned and resembles scrambled eggs. Set aside.
- Scrambled Tofu
- Avocado Salad Dressing
- Pumpkin Seeds
- Roasted Butternut Squash
Place some fresh lettuce, roasted butternut squash, pumpkin seeds, scrambled tofu and serve with avocado salad dressing.
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