Apple Tofu Kale Salad is a delicious fall salad packed with protein, vegetables, and tasty fall flavors - apples, cranberries, and walnuts. It's fall in a bowl!
I eat salads quite often, so I like to switch things up. For me that means two things: unique toppings and a flavorful dressing.
Unique toppings. I know that apples, walnuts, and cranberries are pretty common ingredients. But you don't always find them on the average salad. I especially love the combo because they have such fall flavors it really gets me excited for cool weather and all the delicious autumn activities.
Flavorful dressing. This dressing. Oh my. It is incredible. It's just a simple combination of almond butter, mustard, maple syrup, and lemon juice but the result is a thick, sweet dressing that tastes like a dream. So good!
Dietary needs — this salad is dairy-free, plant-based, oil-free, gluten-free, and sugar-free. It’s also very high in fiber.
High Protein — Apple Tofu Kale Salad is packed with protein for a satisfying salad.
Fall Flavors — This salad is packed with fall flavors! Apples, walnuts, and cranberries make a delicious fall combo.
Kale: We all know that kale is a super food. But besides the nutritional benefits t's got a great flavor that really brightens up this salad.
Tofu: The key to eating tofu, especially when it's not mixed into anything, is to get it crispy. Use extra firm tofu for best results. I suggest cooking the tofu in an air fryer if you have one. Or you can use a really hot oven. In this recipe the tofu doesn't have a marinade. The delicious dressing provides such a great flavor you won't even miss the marinade for the tofu.
Apples: I used gala apples, but you can choose any sweet variety. Or, if you like sour apples, go for it!
Dried Cranberries: Most dried cranberries have added sugar. It can be pretty hard to find some that aren't covered in some sort of sugar-oil mixture. Many health food stores will have cranberries sweetened with apple juice which is a great option if you can find them.
Walnuts: Walnuts are great brain food! You can toast them for a little extra depth of flavor in this salad.
Maple Dijon Dressing
Water: You don't need oil to make a delicious dressing. Water makes a great base for this dressing. And you can alter the amount of water you add to achieve your desired consistency.
Dijon Mustard: Mustard creates a nice tangy flavor to balance out the sweetness of this dressing. If you don't have Dijon mustard, yellow mustard is a good substitute.
Maple Syrup: For sweetness. You can also use date syrup if you want a completely fruit-sweetened recipe.
Almond Butter: The key to this amazing dressing. It's creamy and thick, perfect to make a rich dressing. And it's subtly sweet. Make sure to buy an unsweetened, oil-free almond butter OR make your own using this recipe.
Lemon Juice: the acid from the lemon juice cuts the sweet flavors of the maple syrup and almond butter, creating a perfectly balanced dressing.
How to make Apple Tofu Kale Salad
Step 1. Preheat the oven to 450 or the air fryer to 400.
Step 2. Slice tofu into 16 rectangles. Bake or air fry until crispy, about 30 minutes. You can also cut the tofu into cubes if desired, though since cubes are thicker they will likely need another 10-15 minutes of bake time.
Step 3. Meanwhile, prepare the dressing. Combine all the dressing ingredients in a small bowl and stir to combine. Set aside.
Step 4. Slice the apples.
Step 5. When the tofu is cooked, assemble the salad. Divide the kale, tofu, apples, cranberries, and walnuts into two bowls. Drizzle with the dressing. Enjoy!
Thank you God for this salad. Thank you for allowing it to nourish our bodies. Help us to honor you with our bodies.