Entrées,  Recipes,  Vegetarian

Udon Noodle Salad with Broccolini and Spicy Tofu

I love trying new vegetarian recipes, and this one looked really interesting. I used fresh udon noodles instead of dried. This was a really nice combination of flavors that I would have never thought of putting together before. We ended up adding a bit more Sriracha and tamari on top of each of our bowls and stirring it in at the end to give it a little more punch. This was a nice, light meal that I’d definitely consider making again.

Udon Noodle Salad with Broccolini and Spicy Tofu

Cooking Light May 2011

Broccolini is blanched in salted water to get the vegetables crisp-tender while also keeping them bright green and full-flavored. If you make the salad ahead, wait to dress it until just before serving to preserve the Broccolini’s color.

Hands On: 25 Minutes

Total: 1 Hour

8 ounces water-packed extra-firm tofu

5 tablespoons peanut oil, divided

2 tablespoons lower-sodium tamari or soy sauce

1 1/2 teaspoons Sriracha (hot chile sauce, such as Huy Fong), divided

Cooking spray

6 ounces uncooked dried udon noodles (thick Japanese wheat noodles)

6 cups water

1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt

8 ounces Broccolini

3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar

1 tablespoon grated peeled fresh ginger

1 teaspoon dark sesame oil

1/2 cup thinly sliced radishes (about 3 medium)

2 tablespoons chopped dry-roasted cashews, toasted

1. Cut tofu into 3/4-inch-thick slices. Place tofu slices in a single layer on several layers of paper towels; cover with additional paper towels. Let tofu stand for 30 minutes to drain, pressing down occasionally. Remove tofu from paper towels, and cut into 3/4-inch cubes.

2. Preheat oven to 350°.

3. Combine 2 tablespoons peanut oil, tamari, and 1 teaspoon Sriracha in a large bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Add tofu cubes to tamari mixture, and toss gently to coat. Let stand for 15 minutes. Remove tofu from bowl with a slotted spoon; reserve tamari mixture in bowl. Arrange tofu in a single layer on a foil-lined baking sheet coated with cooking spray, and bake tofu at 350° for 10 minutes or until lightly golden.

4. Cook udon noodles according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain and rinse with cold water; drain well.

5. Combine 6 cups water and salt in a large saucepan over high heat, and bring to a boil. Add Broccolini to pan; cook for 3 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain and plunge Broccolini into ice water; drain well. Chop Broccolini.

6. Add remaining 3 tablespoons peanut oil, remaining 1/2 teaspoon Sriracha, rice wine vinegar, ginger, and sesame oil to reserved tamari mixture in bowl; stir mixture well with a whisk. Add baked tofu, udon noodles, Broccolini, and 1/2 cup thinly sliced radishes to bowl; toss gently to coat. Sprinkle salad with cashews.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving

Calories: 438

Fat: 24.7g

Saturated fat: 4.1g

Monounsaturated fat: 10.1g

Polyunsaturated fat: 8.2g

Protein: 14.3g

Carbohydrate: 38.4g

Fiber: 3.4g

Cholesterol: 0.0mg

Iron: 3mg

Sodium: 572mg

Calcium: 97mg

Big Flavors Rating: 4 Stars

Ashley Covelli is a food photographer, recipe developer, and culinary instructor based in Ossining, New York. She loves helping people become enthusiastic and adventurous in the kitchen so that they can build skills and confidence to cook for themselves and their loved ones. She can almost always be found with at least 3 different beverages within arm's reach.

8 Comments

  • Fahad Khan

    Sounds scrumptious,’Broccolini’ is same as broccoli,am I right?
    I love your blog,you always keep coming up with so many delicious recipes!
    P.S. I have done a new post on tofu as well – It’s Thai Red Curry with Vegetables and Tofu.Feel free to drop by!:-)

  • Ashley

    Nope – broccolini is a cross between broccoli and Chinese broccoli. It’s thinner than regular broccoli, but if you can’t find it, I’m sure broccoli would work well, too. I love curries – I’ll definitely be sure to check out your post 🙂

  • Fahad Khan

    Thank you so much for replying – it just looks like broccoli,I almost fell for that.I am also so sure that will not be able to find it here,so broccoli will be a substitute.:-)

  • Ciccia

    This is a delicious dish, you’re better than I at cooking Asian. I’m Sicilian but my husband is Japanese so I cook a lot of Japanese food. Very often I make udon, but my husband makes the broth. Here in Rome we get fresh tofu from a small factory that was opened by a Japanese lady who now went back to Japan, but the assistant took over. I sometimes make tofu at home but it takes so long and it’s quite complicated. I’m following you from Rome. When we go back home to Sicily I will try this dish.

  • Ashley

    Thanks so much for stopping by! Ciccia – I bet your house has fantastic food coming out of it all the time – my husband is Italian, and his family makes wonderful food. And Japanese is one of our favorites, too!

  • Julie

    This looks absolutely delicious- I am just starting to explore the world of cooking with tofu, thanks for the inspirational post! Your blog is really beautiful.

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