Balsamic Tofu Quinoa Strawberry Salad
4.29 from 7 votes

This balsamic tofu quinoa strawberry salad is a perfect grain salad for spring and early summer! It’s hearty yet refreshing, and it’s also packed with vegan protein.

An overhead image of a salad made with tofu, quinoa, strawberries, and baby spinach.

In spite of a chilly couple of evenings here in New York, it’s summer, and with summer comes the sweet arrival of fresh strawberries at the farmers market. The moment is extra special because it heralds more summer berries and fruits to come, and I’ve been celebrating by putting strawberries in and on everything—this balsamic tofu, quinoa & strawberry summer salad included.

Technically the salad spans the seasons—it’s got radishes, baby greens, and green beans, which are abundant in spring, but the strawberries give it a summery feel for sure. I love how the bitter radishes contrast with the juicy, plump sweetness of the fruit.

I mentioned recently that in spite of it being warmer now, I still tend to go for grain salads with plenty of plant-based protein, especially if that salad’s intended to be a meal. There’s protein aplenty here, both from quinoa and from firm, seasoned cubes of my favorite balsamic baked tofu.

Deep, reddish brown cubes of baked balsamic tofu are resting on a white surface.

I’m always inviting my clients to keep some basic, versatile vegan proteins in the fridge. This tofu is one great example. Some others are my lemon pepper tempeh cubes, easy BBQ lentils, and brothy white beans.

The balsamic baked tofu cubes are especially great for adding to salads and vegan lunch bowls. If you don’t have time to prepare it from scratch, then you could replace it with a marinated, baked, store-bought vegan tofu. There are a number of options available, and they can be very useful when life gets busy.

An overhead image of a colorful spring salad with grains, vegetables, and fresh fruit. It's served on a round, white rimmed plate.

The rest of the salad pretty much speaks for itself: fluffy quinoa, chopped green beans, radishes, strawberries. And, oh yeah—the balsamic Dijon tahini dressing that I just can’t get enough of!

Here’s the recipe.

A salad of balsamic tofu, quinoa, and strawberries is arranged on a plate. Green spinach is the base of the salad.

An overhead image of a salad made with tofu, quinoa, strawberries, and baby spinach.
4.29 from 7 votes

Balsamic Tofu Quinoa Strawberry Salad

Author – Gena Hamshaw
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Yields: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup dry quinoa
  • 1 batch baked balsamic tofu
  • 1 1/2 cups steamed or blanched green beans, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups strawberries, quartered or halved (depending on the size)
  • 1 cup thinly sliced radishes
  • 4 cups baby greens
  • 1/2-3/4 cup balsamic Dijon tahini dressing (or a balsamic dressing of choice) (as needed, to dress the salad)

Instructions

  • Place the quinoa in a fine- mesh sieve and rinse under cold running water for about 30 seconds. Transfer the rinsed quinoa to a medium pot and add 1 1/3 cups water. Bring the quinoa and water to a boil over medium-high heat. Cover the pot, turn the heat to low, and simmer until all the water has been absorbed, about 13 minutes. Remove the quinoa from the heat and allow it to sit for 5 minutes. Uncover the pot and fluff the quinoa gently with a fork. Allow the quinoa to cool to room temperature.
  • Combine all of the remaining ingredients in a large mixing bowl and toss well to combine. Serve.
A close-up image of spinach leaves, radishes, cooked grains, strawberries, and spinach, all arranged on a white serving plate.

There’s so much nutrition here; it’s most definitely a power plate! Oftentimes I find that summery salads don’t quite have the macronutrient balance that I need to stay full (protein + complex carb + healthful fat), but this one does—with plenty of fresh, seasonal flavor. A new keeper for me, for sure.

Speaking of all this, so happy that a bunch of you have already made the balsamic Dijon tahini dressing and loved it. If you’re enjoying it in your kitchen, you’re enjoying it right alongside me!

Wishing you all a sweet rest of the week. See you this weekend for some reads and recipes.

xo

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  1. This looks amazing! Any other vegetable you recommend in place of green beans. I’m not a huge fan. Thanks!