Quinoa and Tofu Salad

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I’m thrilled to be part of the Virtual Vegan Potluck, an online gathering of cooks from around the globe, sharing delicious vegan recipes. Thanks to VVP team for organizing: Annie of An Unrefined Vegan, Somer of Vedged Out, and Jason of Jason and the Veganauts.

This salad makes a healthy, tasty lunch. The tangy dressing and nutty quinoa go wonderfully with the crispy, spicy tofu. Any greens or fresh vegetables will work, though I love the colour of spinach and peppers.

Quinoa and Tofu Salad

Quinoa and Tofu Salad


  • Tofu:
  • half block of tofu, cut into pieces
  • .5 tsp chili powder
  • .25 tsp pepper
  • .5 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Dressing:
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp sugar (optional)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • To Serve:
  • peppers, roughly chopped
  • .5 cup quinoa, cooked
  • spinach or other greens


1. Heat oil in saucepan over high heat.

2. Make tofu: Mix the chili powder, salt and pepper together. Rub into the tofu pieces. Fry the tofu pieces in the oil over high heat until brown and crispy, about 1-2 minutes on each side.

3. Make dressing: Combine oil, vinegar and salt and pepper.

4. Assemble salad: Add quinoa and peppers to spinach. Pour dressing over salad, and top with warm tofu.


Recipe serves 2.

Drain tofu before cutting into pieces. Pressing the tofu would make the pieces chewier, but it’s not necessary if you don’t have time (I don’t press it).


Thanks for stopping by the New Loaf. Continue on to Girl Eat Greens for another great vegan dish or head back to Gaia’s Creations for more vegan awesomeness — Or head to Vegan Bloggers Unite to start from the beginning.

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  1. Those tofu pieces look so good! Do you drain your tofu first before you use it in recipes like this?

    1. Thanks Trish. I do drain the tofu first, but I never bother pressing it. I’ll add this to the notes.

  2. I’m with Trish – that tofu has my mouth watering! Almost lunchtime!

    Thank you for coming to the Potluck!

    1. Thank you! So excited to be part of it!

  3. The tofu looks perfectly made!

  4. Yum, this just made me so hungry; that tofu looks delicious. Beautiful photos, too!

  5. How perfect does this look?! Love how light and simple it is but still looks packed with flavour.

    1. Thank you, and thanks for stopping by!

  6. I absolutely love the look of that tofu!

    1. Thanks! I love crispy tofu!

  7. Looks lovely, very colourful!

  8. gigiveganville · · Reply

    I love dressed quinoa! and the way you dressed up that tofu 🙂

  9. I love tofu salads – and this combination looks amazing! Cannot wait to try it!

    1. Thank you. Hope you like it!

  10. What a colorful and hearty salad! When it comes to salad, I always prefer ones that are like a meal. This looks terrific!

  11. Simple yet hearty, I love big hunks of seasoned tofu in salads. Looks great!

  12. acookinthemaking · · Reply

    I love the simplicity of this salad. With all of those colors and shapes, it looks absolutely gorgeous!

  13. Your tofu looks delicious. I love the presentation of adding it on top of a salad. Yum!

  14. Nikki Spigner · · Reply

    I’m with everyone else about that tofu. It look amazing.

    1. Thank you. And thanks for stopping by. Enjoy the Potluck!

  15. Lovely salad! A great addition to the potluck!! Celeste 🙂

  16. I love the simplicity of this dish. I tend to have all the ingredients on hand at all times. I agree that the tofu looks delicious! Happy VVP!

    1. Thank you! And happy VVP back to you! I was really happy to be part of it. Great dishes, great bloggers!

  17. Oh, that looks fantastic!

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  19. Yum this looks delicious and really easy to make! I love the colours and the tofu seems like it would be pretty versatile and that you could try it on a number of dishes.

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