I love my all of my Mollie Katzen cookbooks, so this time I decided on one of Mollie's recipes. I chose to make her Watercress Salad With Browned, Pan-Marinated Tofu Strips, Shallots, And Walnuts. This salad was so yummy and the flavors were very refreshing.
What did I enjoy most about making this dish? I really enjoyed the way that you prepare the tofu. By using the method of pan-marinating, you really do get a nice chewy texture.
Was the recipe difficult to make? The only semi-difficult part was cooking the tofu. I'm still learning how to use my gas stove-top and the Med. heat was a little too hot at first so the tofu began to stick. However, once I turned it down slightly it was fine and continued to brown and release from the pan.
The only thing I did to change the recipe was to add Feta cheese at the end, which I think really added to all of the other fresh flavors.
This really is a fantastic recipe and I think it would be great for people who don't like or have never really tried tofu. I love the way Mollie Katzen describes her recipes too using words like "compelling" and "irresistibly yummy" Also, I found organic watercress at Whole Foods but they said I was lucky to find it because they don't always carry it. I guess you could always substitute the salad with arugula, spinach, kale or maybe dandelion greens? I guess I will have to make it again and try it with one of those greens!
Don't like tofu, no problem! I think you could easily adapt this recipe to make it with chicken or steak strips. We ate ours with a delicious loaf of rosemary & sea salt Cibatta bread. Who knew a tofu salad with a nice loaf of bread could be a filling, fresh summer Italian meal! (We knew because we eat salad and bread all the time for dinners!)
Watercress Salad With Browned, Pan-Marinated Tofu Strips, Shallots, And Walnuts
Crumbled Feta Cheese to sprinkle on individual salad servings
I hope you get a chance to try this salad out! Check out the Califonia Walnuts website too. Other participants posts will be linked and they have such amazing recipes on there as well. I was looking at it the other day and wanted to make every single recipe!