This tofu salad makes for a great vegan lunch. Photo / Babiche Martens

Vegetable & Tofu Satay Salad Recipe

Drizzle the nutty, sweet-but-salty sauce over this vegan meal, or on just about anything

You can never have enough salad recipes to whip out over the warmer months. Crunchy vegetables are beautiful with a creamy satay sauce that can be made up to a week in advance, ready to drizzle on an array of dishes. Refrigerate in a jar until needed. If you don’t have maple syrup, brown sugar will work equally well.

Serves 4

Satay Sauce
1 Tbsp grated ginger
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 Tbsp peanut oil
½ tsp ground cumin
2 Tbsp soy sauce
¼ cup peanut butter
1 Tbsp maple syrup
¼ cup warm water

1 bunch asparagus, trimmed and halved
1 cup sliced green beans
1 bunch broccolini, ends trimmed
2 heads pak choy, halved lengthways
½ red pepper, thinly sliced
1 red grapefruit, segmented
½ cup toasted peanuts
1 cup coriander, roughly chopped
Salt and pepper
200g firm tofu, sliced into four

1. Firstly make the satay sauce. Place ginger and garlic in a small pot with the oil and slowly warm through. Add the cumin, then soy, peanut butter, maple syrup and water, stirring over a low heat until smooth. Add a little extra water if needed.

2. Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil. Cook the vegetables until just tender. Drain and rinse under cold water. Place into a large bowl. Add the sliced pepper, grapefruit and half the nuts. Toss through half the satay sauce and the coriander, then season with salt and pepper.

3. Heat a frying pan on high and cook the tofu for a few minutes until lightly browned.

4. Serve the salad in bowls with a piece of tofu, an extra drizzle of dressing and a sprinkle of nuts.

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