Salad Recipes – Korean Cold Tofu Salad in 5 Minutes

Salad Recipes – Korean Cold Tofu Salad in 5 Minutes


I love easy salad recipes. This Korean cold tofu salad recipe is a common side dish in Korea. It’s one of the favorite recipes in my quick salad repertoire. Best of all, it takes only five minutes to make. It’s a perfect dish for warmer weather, it requires no cooking and it will cool your palate.


The creamy tofu with the nutty sesame oil makes this dish a delight as a chilled appetizer on a hot summer day. Or serve this alongside your favorite piece of fish, or some Korean Spicy Pork

As I have been doing most of my grocery shopping at my local farmer’s market lately. I have realized that the things that are in season and/or made with quality ingredients have so much more flavor.


When I tried Meiji Tofu from the farmer’s market which is made from NON-GMO soybeans that are grown in the state of Ohio I was so impressed. The subtle nutty flavors of the tofu reminded of daily made tofu that I used to have in Korea. Meiji also makes their tofu fresh daily 😉

Ah… Things are so much better with real flavors.


So use organic tofu and try to make sure it’s non-GMO if you can.


Eat Real, Be Real


Hungry Gopher



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SERVES 4 as an appetizer


Prep: 5 minutes              Active: 5 minutes


DISH PAIRING TIP:   Your favorite piece of fish or Korean Spicy Pork


1 package, 14oz  soft tofu  (Try non-GMO if you can. Meiji Tofu is a good one.)



¼ garlic, minced (½ garlic clove)

2 tsp soy sauce (more info and shopping guide of gluten-free soy sauce )

2 tsp sesame oil

2 tsp rice vinegar

2 tsp maple syrup

A pinch or two  gochugaru (optional – more info and shopping guide of gochugaru )


Garnish – optional

Scallion, finely chopped

red pepper threads



  1. Take the tofu out of the package and drain the excess liquid. Leave this rest in a bowl as we prepare the other ingredients.  Some more water will leech out while it rests, which is what we want.
  2. In the meantime, combine all the Sauce ingredients into a small mixing bowl. Bring this all together.
  3. Quarter the tofu block and place one piece in a bowl and drizzle a quarter of the sauce over it.
  4. garnish this with some finely chopped scallion and some red pepper threads.
  5. Serve and enjoy.


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Resources I mentioned in the video:


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