Pasta and Tofu Salad

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This simple pasta salad is reminiscent of a retro favorite, tuna-noodle salad, with baked or firm herbed tofu standing in. It’s a pasta salad that’s welcome all year round, not just during summer months. In addition, once you have your noodles cooked, this takes hardly more time to make for lunch than a sandwich, and packs up really well as a portable lunch. Serve with cherry tomatoes and carrot sticks (or baby carrots) on the side. Photos by Rachael Braun.

Serves: 6

  • 8 ounces pasta, any small shape (twists or small shells work well;
    of course, you can use your favorite gluten-free pasta, too)
  • 8-ounce package baked tofu, 8 ounces extra-firm herb-flavored
    tofu, or homemade Baked Tofu Teriyaki, finely diced
  • 2 large celery stalks, finely diced
  • 1/3 cup chopped black olives
  • 2 scallions, green parts only, thinly sliced, optional
  • 1/2 cup vegan mayonnaise or Cashew Cream
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Cook the pasta according to package directions until al dente. Rinse under cold running water until the pasta cools. Drain and transfer to a serving container.

Combine the pasta with the remaining ingredients and toss well. Cover and refrigerate until needed or serve at once.

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Nutritional Information: 
Per serving: 291 calories; 17.7g fat; 359mg sodium; 76.3mg potassium; 20.7g carbs; 2.1g fiber; 0.8g sugar; 10.2g protein

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4 comments on “Pasta and Tofu Salad

  1. Jami

    I tried this recipie tonight. I omitted the celery; I am not a fan of raw celery. I added instead, capers, artichoke hearts and sundried tomatoes. Instead of mustard I added the leftover sauce from the baked tofu teriyaki.
    Very yummy! Even my picky children ate it. Thank you for the wonderful dinner!

  2. Nava Post author

    That’s so great, Jami! There are so many ways to vary this recipe, and I love your version. Thanks for sharing.

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