Marc Matsumoto

Peanut Butter Tofu Salad Sandwich

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While it may resemble a tuna salad sandwich, the tofu filling for this sandwich was inspired by a Japanese Buddhist dish called shira-ae. It’s a vegan dish that’s traditionally made with tofu, ground sesame seeds, and seasonal vegetables. While I love the classic preparation, it’s a versatile dish with few rules, so I decided to give it a makeover with Old Fashioned Crunchy peanut butter and flavors from the Mediterranean.

Tofu often gets a bad rap as boring, but it’s loaded with protein and isoflavones, and can actually help lower your cholesterol. Properly prepared, it’s also a delicious ingredient, regardless of whether you swing herbivore or carnivore.

This salad is a symphony of textures and flavors, with bits of crunchy peanuts and crispy celery, enveloped in a nutty mélange of tofu and peanut butter. Salty capers, spicy onions, and vibrant lemon zest all serve to accent the salad with both colors and flavors.

The keys to getting a rich creamy texture are to drain as much water out of the tofu as possible, and then to thoroughly mix the tofu together with the peanut butter and olive oil.

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total time: 20 minutes
Yield: 4 sandwiches

Peanut Butter Tofu Salad Sandwich

Ingredients

ingredients peanut butter tofu onion celery parsley capers lemon

diced ingredients

1 (12-ounce) pack firm tofu
1/4 cup Old Fashioned Crunchy peanut butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons finely diced red onion (about 1/4 small onion)
2 tablespoons finely diced celery (about 1/2 a stalk)
2 tablespoons minced parsley
2 tablespoons minced parsley
2 teaspoons capers
zest of 1/2 lemon
1 tablespoon lemon juice (about half a lemon)
1/2 teaspoon salt
black pepper to taste
4 sandwich rolls
4 lettuce leaves

Procedure

1. Put the tofu in a pot and cover with water. Heat over medium-high heat until the tofu is hot (about 10 minutes). Crumble the tofu into a strainer, place a small plate on top of the tofu as a weight and allow it to drain for at least 2 hours.

2. If you have some clean cotton muslin, you can skip the draining and squeeze the water out instead. Just allow the tofu to cool enough to handle, then put the tofu in the center of the cloth and gather up the edges, wringing out as much water as you can.

clean cotton muslin draining

3. Place the drained tofu in a bowl along with the peanut butter and olive oil. Use a spatula to mash and stir the tofu and peanut butter together until it reaches a relatively smooth, fluffy consistency and there are no chunks of tofu remaining (though there will be chunks of peanuts).

Place the drained tofu in a bowl

4. Add the onions, celery, parsley, capers, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt and pepper, and then stir to combine. Taste the salad and adjust the salt and pepper to suit your tastes.

Add the onions, celery, parsley, capers, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt and pepper, and then stir to combine.

stir to combine

5. To assemble your sandwich, open up your rolls, put a leaf of lettuce on the roll, scoop a quarter of the tofu salad onto the lettuce, and then cover with the top of the roll.

Peanut Butter Tofu Salad Sandwich (without bread)

Total Time: 20 minutes

Number of servings: 4

Per Serving 258 calories

Fat 19 g

Carbs 9 g

Protein 18 g

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Peanut Butter Tofu Salad Sandwich (without bread)

Ingredients

  • 1 (12-ounce) pack firm tofu
  • ¼ cup Old Fashioned Crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons finely diced red onion (about 1/4 small onion)
  • 2 tablespoons finely diced celery (about 1/2 a stalk)
  • 2 tablespoons minced parsley
  • 2 tablespoons minced parsley
  • 2 teaspoons capers
  • zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice (about half a lemon)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • black pepper to taste
  • 4 lettuce leaves

Instructions

1. Put the tofu in a pot and cover with water. Heat over medium-high heat until the tofu is hot (about 10 minutes). Crumble the tofu into a strainer, place a small plate on top of the tofu as a weight and allow it to drain for at least 2 hours.
2. If you have some clean cotton muslin, you can skip the draining and squeeze the water out instead. Just allow the tofu to cool enough to handle, then put the tofu in the center of the cloth and gather up the edges, wringing out as much water as you can.
3. Place the drained tofu in a bowl along with the peanut butter and olive oil. Use a spatula to mash and stir the tofu and peanut butter together until it reaches a relatively smooth, fluffy consistency and there are no chunks of tofu remaining (though there will be chunks of peanuts).
4. Add the onions, celery, parsley, capers, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt and pepper, and then stir to combine. Taste the salad and adjust the salt and pepper to suit your tastes.
5.To assemble your sandwich, open up your rolls, put a leaf of lettuce on the roll, scoop a quarter of the tofu salad onto the lettuce, and then cover with the top of the roll.

PEANUT BUTTER GIVEAWAY

Marc combines peanut butter with tofu in this salad recipe. In what other ways would you use peanut butter with tofu?

Leave a comment below with your answer to enter for a chance at winning a jar of Old Fashioned Crunchy, the peanut butter used in this recipe.

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22 Responses to Peanut Butter Tofu Salad Sandwich

  1. Gaby says:

    Peanut butter cheesecake made with tofu! Or a peanut butter mousse. Could also make crispy peanut coated baked tofu cubes by coating with PB and breadcrumbs or more crushed peanuts or even coconut flakes!

  2. Jessica says:

    Grilled tofu with peanut butter mustard glaze!

  3. Francisco says:

    Vegan protein bars!

  4. Lisa Doyle says:

    We love to make a marinade for tofu with peanut butter, shoyu and other spices and then bake the tofu. The peanut butter gives the tofu a more rich and “beefy” flavor! Perfect for chili and stroganoff!

  5. Natalie J Vandenberghe says:

    I don’t have much experience using Tofu, so I appreciate seeing this recipe and the suggestions. Maybe a Thai dish or a dessert?

  6. Sand says:

    Peanut butter with noodles and tofu.

  7. Jennifer says:

    The only thing that would make my favorite tofu chocolate mousse better would be the addition of some peanut butter- YUM!

  8. Karen D says:

    Cut tofu into a 1/2″ dice, then fry until crisp and add in a homemade peanut sauce. Alternately, slice tofu and coat slices with peanut butter, then coat with seasoned panko and fry until crisp/browned.

  9. Amy P says:

    what about peanut butter and tofu in a cookie.

  10. priscilla says:

    Tofu peanut satays!

  11. Scott says:

    Would add it to an english muffin

  12. Kelli says:

    I’d make a peanut butter sauce to drizzle over large diced tofu.

  13. Alexi says:

    Peanut butter tofu pad thai!

  14. Natalie says:

    I would make a pad thai stir fry with tofu and PB!

  15. Renata says:

    Peanut Butter Tofu Frozen Banana smoothie! Yum!

  16. Jody W says:

    There is a great Thai Tofu Tacos recipe in “The Grit Cookbook”. It has peanut butter and lots of spices in the sauce.

  17. Georgiana says:

    Love peanut butter tofu cheesecake with a strawberry swirl!

  18. Raymond says:

    Peanut Butter Tofu Chinese Stirfry would be tasty too. Thanks!

  19. Brooke Prout says:

    Tofu with peanut butter in my stir fry!!

  20. Susan Christy says:

    Pad Thai or Spring Rolls

  21. Donna K says:

    peanut butter mousse

  22. Whitney Lindeman says:

    Definitely some sort of rice noodle dish with peanut sauce – love pad thai!

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Peanut Butter Tofu Salad Sandwich