Vegetables With Sliced Tofu Salad

Sliced tofu salad.

Chinese sliced tofu salad is a quick cold dish you can toss together. (Image: Chon Kit Leong via Dreamstime)

This sliced tofu salad is designed to be a simple and quick dish. It shouldn’t take you more than 15 minutes to put together. Sliced tofu, or Dou Fu Si, is cut from thin sheets of tofu. This type of tofu is quite similar to extra firm tofu, but it has a denser texture and contains seasoning. There are limitless ways to add veggies to this salad. The most common ingredients include carrot, cucumber, pepper, and onion. You can also use zucchini, cabbage, summer squash, and radish. A refreshing vinegar-based dressing that brings out the ingredients. If you like a heavier seasoning, you can add a spoonful of homemade chili oil to spice up your salad.

Sliced tofu can be found in most Chinese food markets.
Sliced tofu can be found in most Chinese food markets. (Image: via Dayou International Market)

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Prep time

5 min.

Cooking time

10 min.


  • 16 ounces of sliced tofu or Dou Fu Si

  • 2 medium celery sticks, chopped

  • 1 yellow and 1 orange pepper, chopped

  • 1 carrot, shredded

  • 4 Chinese mushrooms, chopped

  • 4 ounces of ground chicken, beef, or pork (optional)

  • 2 tsp olive oil

  • 2 pieces of garlic, minced

  • 2 tsp soy sauce

  • 1 tsp sesame oil

  • A pinch of sugar

  • Salt to taste

  • Hot pepper oil or a vinegar-based dressing to taste


  • Stir fry the garlic in olive oil until brown and add the ground meat and cook until almost done before adding the soy sauce and sesame oil.  Remove from heat and place in a bowl for later use.
  • Heat water in a pan until boiling and add olive oil, salt, and sugar. Add the peppers, celery, and carrots to blanch for a minute and remove. Add the mushrooms and boil until soft.
  • Blanch the tofu for a few seconds, to remove the strong soy taste and soften its texture. Place all ingredients in a large bowl, add hot pepper oil or vinegar-based dressing, and mix thoroughly.
  • You can your salad in the fridge to serve chilled or at room temperature.

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