Sprouted Tofu Salad & Creamy Garlic Dressing

Oh my, this salad is delicious! It was inspired by a creamy garlic dressing I saw at Vitamin Cottage that is quite expensive. I read the ingredients and tried to imitate it. Well my attempt was a success and I saved a whole lot of money with much to spare. Our abundance prompted a last minute dinner party with friends last weekend, last nights dinner and another dinner party next weekend. Presently, we are down to half a mason jar of this dressing, and my husband is eating through it faster than I can blink. Please note that this is meant to be very garlicky. Just to let you know I used 3 entire cloves of garlic plus two spoon full of creamed garlic in a glass jar. 

Creamy Garlic Dressing

Garlic
Flax Seed
Cold Pressed Olive Oil
Cold Pressed Flax Seed Oil
Lemon and Salt

Let garlic bulbs and flax seeds marinate in oils, lemon juice and salt in a vitamix. I let mine sit for almost a day. After garlic and flax has softened, blend in vitamix. I had to add water to allow a creamier less thick consistency. Place in a container and put in fridge to cool until ready to use. 
 

I don't eat much tofu, but I do love it. It takes on the taste of whatever spices and flavoring you desire. To give you an idea of what I mean, I had a carnivorous boyfriend in college who declared that he would never eat tofu. I had made a fried tofu pasta dish for myself one evening when he unexpectedly showed up. He said he would like some. I didn't tell him there was tofu in it. I just said it was a pasta dish that tasted like fried chicken. He must have only heard the word fried chicken. Like a hungry bear he moaned and groaned in delight, while having three servings!!! I was in the kitchen laughing so hard my belly felt like I'd done 4 sets of a 100 sit ups. Guess what, I'm still laughing! Are you wondering? No, I never told him- until the day we decided we were better off friends. 

Just a note, Soy beans are a highly conventional genetically modified food, thus always make sure it's organic and an awesome bonus would be to find sprouted.  

Fried Tofu Ingredients: 

Organic Sprouted Firm Tofu
Almond Flour
Nutritional Yeast
Garlic Salt
Pepper

Slice the tofu in strips and place strips in a bowl with the above ingredients. Have an iron skillet on the stove with oil heating. I used coconut oil. When ready fry for a 8 minutes or so. Then place the strips on a cookie sheet and put in the oven on broil. This will get the tofu crunchy around the edges. While in the oven prepare the salad. 

Romaine lettuce
Radishes
Cucumber
Purple Onion
Cherry Tomatoes

Slice up the above ingredients however you like. When ready toss with Creamy Garlic Dressing. 

I served salad with a cold gazpacho, french bread and a creamed herb butter. Recipes to come!