BBQ Tofu Corn Kale Salad with Creamy Silken Tofu Ranch Dressing

This country-inspired, rustic BBQ tofu salad combines delicious bits of skillet tofu with kale, corn, radishes, grated carrots and tomatoes tossed in a homemade vegan ranch dressing.

  • Servings
  • Prep Time
    25 Min
  • Cook Time
    10 Min

Cooking Directions

  • Add all the dressing ingredients to a blender and blend from low to high until smooth. Pour into a medium glass jar or cup. Cover and place in the fridge until needed.
  • Prep the tofu by draining excess liquid from container, and patting the tofu dry with a paper towel or clean dish towel. Slice into triangles or cubes.
  • Warm a large skillet over high heat. Add the two teaspoons extra virgin olive oil. When oil is hot, add the tofu. Shake the tofu in the pan and cook for two minutes, then add the BBQ sauce over top the tofu. Cover pan with lid or a sheet of foil and reduce heat to medium. Cook for 2-3 minutes more. Flip tofu and keep cooking until the BBQ sauce becomes sticky and coats the tofu. Turn off heat and let the tofu rest in the pan for at least three minutes before adding to salads.
  • Kale prep. Rinse the kale leaves, then remove the thick stems of the kale, leaving only the curly leaves. Using a knife, chop the kale leaves. Rinse and drain one more time. Set aside. For extra dry leaves, squeeze excess moisture out with a paper towel.
  • Salad: In a large mixing bowl, add the kale, corn, radishes and carrots. Also add about ¼ cup of dressing. Toss well until all the ingredients are coated. You can add more or less dressing at this stage if you prefer. Add in the corn chips and a few sprinkles of vegan Parm and lightly toss again.
  • Pour the tossed salad into serving bowls and top with the BBQ skillet tofu. Add more chips and vegan Parmesan if desired. Serve!

This recipe was created for the “50 Plates of Tofu” campaign for the state of Nebraska.


Salad Veggies:

  • 1 bunch of organic kale
  • 1 cup corn
  • 1 cup radishes, thinly sliced
  • 2 large carrots, grated

BBQ Tofu:

  • 1 pkg. House Foods Firm of Extra Firm Tofu
  • ½ cup vegan BBQ sauce
  • 2 tsp. extra virgin olive oil

Ranch Dressing:

  • 1 pkg. House Foods Tofu, soft
  • 2 Tbsp. vegan mayo
  • ⅓ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2-3 Tbsp. agave or maple syrup
  • ¾ tsp. celery seed
  • 1 tsp. coriander
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. onion powder
  • ¼ tsp. fine black pepper
  • ⅛ tsp. cayenne (optional for spiciness)
  • ½ cup finely chopped parsley or chives (optional for a fresh veggie accent)
  • *Add more of the spices if you like a bolder ranch flavor

Optional toppings:

  • Vegan Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup blue corn chips, crushed


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