Easy Japanese Tofu Salad with Seaweed

This Japanese tofu salad with seaweed is a healthy, delicious side dish perfect for a quick lunch or dinner. Enjoy it with a homemade ginger and soy sauce dressing to add a burst of flavor to the salad!

Japanese tofu and seaweed salad in a bowl

If you want to try a new recipe with tofu, this salad with seaweed is a great place to start. Tofu’s neutral flavor allows it to soak up the dressing’s flavors, while seaweed adds texture and essential nutrients such as calcium.

With its flavorful homemade ginger dressing and nutritious ingredients, this salad perfectly satisfies your cravings while keeping you feeling great!

    This recipe is for you if:
  • You love tofu and Japanese food.
  • You want to make tofu salad.
  • You are looking for easy tofu salad recipe.

All right, let me show you how to make this healthy salad. To check the recipe, please click below to jump to the recipe card. Let’s get started!

About This Recipe

  • Japanese tofu salad recipe
  • Healthy salad recipe
  • Homemade ginger dressing
  • Variations of ingredients and dressing

📋 Ingredients

Here are the ingredients (amounts are in the recipe card below).

Ingredients for Japanese tofu and seaweed salad
  • Tofu: You can choose either firm or silken tofu. I use firm tofu in this recipe. You can find more in the next section.
  • Seaweed Mix: You can buy a package with mixed dried seaweed. I will explain this in the following section for you.
  • Green vegetables: I like adding leafy greens, such as lettuce, sprouts, and spinach, but you can add any fresh vegetables.
  • Dressing: A blend of ginger, vinegar, oil, sugar, and soy sauce. Also, you can try it with this miso, creamy sesame dressing, or your favorite dressing. You can find more dressing variations below.

Tofu

Firm momen tofu

You can find two types at a store – silken and firm.

Silken tofu (Kinu) has a soft and delicate texture due to its high water content, making it easy to break apart. On the other hand, firm tofu (Momen) has a denser texture and a slightly richer taste.

Both are great for a salad. However, firm tofu or extra-firm tofu would be a better choice as it holds its shape better and provides a nice texture to the dish. If your tofu contains too much water, then you can press the tofu to remove the excess water and achieve a firmer texture.

Seaweed Mix

seaweed mix in a bottle

We have a wide variety of seaweed to choose from in Japan, such as wakame, hijiki, nori, and kombu. You can find them in various dishes, from savory miso soup to seasoned rice.

Seaweed contains many minerals, such as calcium, zinc, iron, etc. It also has high amounts of dietary fiber, which helps keep your digestive system functioning correctly.

This seaweed mix is the perfect addition to any salad. It’s super healthy and comes with various types of dried seaweed in multiple colors, brightening your lunch or dinner even more!

7 different Japanese seaweed

This package includes seven different seaweeds, and here’s the picture! These are great for not just salads but also miso soup. You can find seaweed mix at your local Asian grocery stores or online.

Where to Buy Japanese Ingredients

If you live in the US, you can find Japanese ingredients in the list below.

  • Japanese market: Mitsuwa MarketplaceMarukai
  • Asian market
  • Whole Foods Market
  • Health food stores
  • Online stores: Instacart, Walmart, Amazon

🔪Instructions

Let me walk you through how to make it step by step. You can also watch this video.

How to make Japanese tofu and seaweed salad
  1. Soak seaweed for 10 minutes and drain.
  2. Cut tofu and green vegetables (Drain tofu and no need to press it)
  3. Make the ginger dressing (Blend all the dressing ingredients in a bottle by shaking)
  4. Serve (Vegetables, tofu, seaweed, and dressing on the top)
Japanese tofu and seaweed salad in a bowl

I’m ready to dig in! Quick, easy, and delicious tofu salad are here. I can’t wait for you to try it out with me!

Variations of Vegetables

Add colorful and crunchy vegetables to enjoy the salad more! Here are some variations:

  • Green onion
  • Red bell pepper
  • Red cabbage
  • Red onion
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Cucumber
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Edamame

Variations of Dressings

The tofu and seaweed salad would pair well with many different dressings to add more flavor and texture. Here are some additional dressing suggestions:

  • Sesame Dressing: Whisk together sesame oil, rice vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, maple syrup, sesame seeds, and mayonnaise.
  • Creamy Avocado Dressing: Blend avocado, lime juice, garlic powder, black pepper, and salt.
  • Miso Dressing: Whisk together miso paste, rice vinegar, honey, and olive oil.
  • Creamy Balsamic Dressing: Click the link to see how to make this simple and delicious dressing.
  • Creamy Peanut Dressing: Whisk together peanut butter, apple cider vinegar, soy sauce, honey, garlic, and water.

FAQ

Which tofu is for a salad? Firm or silken?

Both the firm and silken tofu are great for a salad. However, firm tofu or extra-firm tofu would be a better choice as it holds its shape better and provides a nice texture to the dish. If your tofu contains too much water, then you can press the tofu to remove the extra water and achieve a firmer texture.

Can I eat raw tofu?

Yes! Japanese tofu salad is a raw tofu dish.
If you’re a fan of tofu, we have the perfect Japanese appetizer, “Hiyayakko.” It is made with raw tofu and topped with toppings like shredded nori or chopped scallion to give it extra flavor- it’s also seasoned with soy sauce!

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Japanese tofu and seaweed salad in a bowl

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Chef JA Cooks is a Japanese food blog that shares simple and healthy Japanese home cooking recipes, including vegan and vegetarian. From traditional Japanese recipes to modern recipes with step-by-step instructions.

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Easy Japanese Tofu Salad With Seaweed

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Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Juri Austin
This Japanese tofu salad with seaweed is a healthy, delicious side dish perfect for a quick lunch or dinner. Enjoy it with a homemade ginger and soy sauce dressing to add a burst of flavor to the salad!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Firm Tofu, 150g
  • 1 Tbsp Dried Seaweed Mix
  • Green vegetables of your choice

Ginger Dressing

  • 1/2 clove Ginger, minced
  • 2 Tbsp Vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Soy Sauce

Instructions

  • Soak seaweed: Soak dried seaweed mix in the water for 10 minutes and drain.
  • Cut ingredients: Cut tofu into bite-size and cut green vegetables.
  • Dressing: Put all the dressing ingredients in a small bottle, put the lid on, and shake to blend.
  • Serve: Place green vegetables on a plate, tofu, and seaweed in order, and pour some dressing.

Video

Notes

  • Substitute: If you can’t find a seaweed mix, finding dried wakame or dried hijiki would be easier. You can use one single seaweed.
  • Dressing:  You can also try this creamy sesame dressing. Just salt and olive oil work well, too, or use store-bought dressing if you’re not in the mood to make your own.
  • No need to press tofu for this salad, but if you like extra-firm tofu, follow how to press tofu instructions.
  • Pick any green vegetables you like. I used lettuce and mizuna in this recipe.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 93kcal | Carbohydrates: 6.4g | Protein: 4.9g | Fat: 5.6g | Sodium: 231mg | Sugar: 3.7g
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: japanese tofu salad
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4 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Chef JA,

    Thanks for posting your tofu/seaweed salad recipe. Delicious! I’ve been eating variations of it all week.

    Your labeled photos ID’ing various types of seaweed are also useful. So far, I’ve only been able to locate fresh seaweed—actually kelp, maybe kombu? It’s a little strong for salad, so now, based on your photos, I’m going to send away for dried seaweeds of the kinds I know I like.

    I also made your ginger/ rice vinegar dressing. It’s very tasty, though I cut out 1/2 the sugar. So handy to keep a jar of it in the fridge that I can add to salad dressing every day! Your YouTube demonstration was blessedly short and easy to follow.

    Yours,
    Kimi

    1. Wow,thank you so much for trying my recipes, Kimi! I got excited to see your comment:)

      I’m so glad you like them! It’s easy to buy dried seaweed here but I wasn’t sure people out of Japan can get dried seaweed. It is good to know that you can arrange my recipes to your taste.

      Thank you.