Chilled Tofu & Herb Salad ยำเต้าหู้เย็น (yum tao hu yen)

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I demonstrated this tofu salad recipe at Veg Expo in Vancouver, and it was a hit with the audience! If you’re not a lover of tofu, it’s probably because you haven’t had it done right. If you’ve got tofu-haters in your life, try making this for them and see if they might change their mind!


Serves 2

  • 1 300-g package soft tofu, chilled, cut into large cubes
  • 1 ½ Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 ½ Tbsp lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp palm sugar, packed, finely chopped
  • Thai chilies, to taste, minced
  • 1 Tbsp small diced shallots
  • 1 Tbsp finely chopped lemongrass
  • 2 Tbsp chopped green onion
  • 3 sprigs cilantro, chopped
  • 3 mint leaves, chopped
  • ¼ cup small diced cucumber
  • 2 tsp very finely diced red bell pepper
  • A pinch black sesame seeds for garnish



Arrange tofu cubes on a deep serving plate.

Combine soy sauce, lime juice, palm sugar and minced Thai chilies; stir until sugar is completely dissolved. Add shallots, lemongrass, green onion, cilantro, mint, cucumber, and red bell pepper; stir to combine.

Spoon the herb salad over each tofu cube, then pour the remaining salad and all the dressing around the tofu. Sprinkle with black sesame seeds and serve on its own or with hot jasmine rice.

Chilled Tofu & Herb Salad