Thursday, March 11, 2010

Egg/Tofu Salad

This is the first recipe that I ever tried with tofu in it. If you are new to reading my blog, you may not know that I have always been a very picky eater and that I would have never even looked at tofu much less eaten it. So, when I decided to try this recipe I definitely needed some moral support. I waited until my mom came to visit and asked her to take the tofu plunge with me. If you are attempting to break out the routine and try some new recipes and ingredients, I think that it is incredibly helpful to have someone there as moral support and taste tester. She was pretty incredulous that I would even want to attempt something like this as neither of us had ever tasted tofu before, much less bought it in the grocery store. In case you are wondering, it is in the produce section.

Tofu comes in different varieties which I explained more about in this post. It is soft and basically assumes the flavor of whatever it is cooked with. It blends easily with the eggs in this egg salad and it is hard to tell when you are eating an egg or tofu.

In addition to replacing some of the egg with tofu, most of the fatty mayonnaise has been cut with white bean puree. Below, you can see the mayonnaise, white bean puree and mustard mixture.

This is the finished product to which I added celery. I just love the crunch that celery adds. You could also add sweet pickles.

At last, my favorite way to eat this egg salad . . . on homemade whole wheat pita bread that you can find the recipe for here.

This was a great learning experience for me and gave me the courage to try this chameleon ingredient in other recipes.
Have you tried cooking tofu? What is your favorite way to eat it? How do you sneak it into your family's diet? Maybe you don't have to sneak it, but I do, for me and for them.


  1. Ok, i'm going to have to try this one! I love tofu, especially in hot & sour soup! Haha! Probably not the healthiest way to eat it! Ok, I haven't read the other post yet, but hopefully you mentioned where to find it in the grocery store!

  2. Have you ever tried hiding veggies in meat? I hid two cups of pureed veggies in hamburgers and meat loaf. Meat has such a strong taste it hides veggies well.

  3. Ruth, I love using meat to hide veggies. I have posted a couple of recipes for meatloaf, turkey burgers and meat sauce. Looking forward to working on meatball recipe as well. Would love to hear your ideas!