This week is National Vegetarian Week – a seven-day awareness campaign promoting the benefits of a meat-free lifestyle. There are great events and special menus on offer at restaurants all over London so get involved and go veggie, even if it’s just for one week. Why not kick off the week with this simple but delicious salad recipe from Feng Sushi? It’s easy enough to throw together after work and packed full of nutritious goodies to boost your body for summer. With the addition of some crispy tofu, you won’t miss the meat!
Feng Sushi’s Japanese Spring Salad with Crispy Tofu
Ingredients: 100g baby spinach; 400g tofu; 100g fine polenta; 1 small egg; 300ml sunflower oil; 100g sugar snaps; 100g green beans; 100g edamame beans; 1 large ripe avocado; 30g watercress. For the miso dressing: 1 small shallot, finely chopped; 1 small garlic clove, finely chopped; 3 tblsp white miso paste; 1 tsp wholegrain mustard; 2 tsp sesame oil; ½ tsp honey ; 70ml sunflower oil; 30ml olive oil.
1) Bring a saucepan of salty water to the boil. Rinse sugar snaps, trim green beans and cut in half. Blanch the edamame beans, sugar snaps and green beans for 2 minutes and thereafter drain and plunge into ice cold water. Rinse baby spinach and leave to rest in a colander. Cut avocado in half, remove stone and skin, dice into chunky squares.
2) Make the dressing: add shallots, garlic, miso paste, whole grain mustard, sesame oil and honey to a food processor, start the machine and mix olive and sunflower oil together and gradually add to the mixture until the dressing is smooth.
3) Dab the tofu dry, cut into 1cm thick slices and cut slices in half. Whisk one egg in a shallow bowl and add polenta to another shallow bowl, first dip tofu in egg mixture and then in polenta. Pour 300ml sunflower oil into a wok and heat to 180 degrees C. Fry tofu for 2-3 minutes until golden and crisp and let it rest for a few minutes on kitchen towel.
4) Mix all the ingredients together and drizzle with miso dressing and serve.
You can try more meat-free dishes at Feng Sushi’s restaurants or check out our list of vegetarian and vegan restaurants in London.