Zucchini Squash & Curried Tofu Salad

by Kiran on October 8, 2013 · 63 comments

in Salads, Vegetarian

There’s been a lot of traveling recently. Every week, to be precise. Flights on early Friday morning and returning on Monday. This routine has been going on for a month now.

Summer came and went, but the refrigerator had some reminisce of it.

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Let’s talk about flying experiences.

It takes a lot for me to prepare for travels. Not the packing bit, but the medications. I’m always preparing for worse when it comes to air travel. Vertigo and I don’t get along. At the moment, its not a huge flight deterrent. So I’m learning to cope with it.

But when it triggers, the sensation is something I would never wish onto my enemies — if I had any 😉

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Did I mention how much I loathe flying? Not because of vertigo or packing, more for the amount of time wasted to be in the airport. Though I’m glad to report I’ve mastered the skills at the security clearance.

Laptop, shoes, jacket and medications — everything gets into the bins. Pockets are emptied, and everything after that is just a cake-walk.

Still don’t get it why people are so uptight about airport security. They are after all just doing their job.

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And so, the boarding begins and you’d think I’d stop complaining at this point. Nope, thanks to all of the annoying recent travels. Why is boarding an airplane such a chore?

People tend to hog the walkway even after stowing away their belongings! There’s a long bee-line of people anxiously awaiting to get to their seat.

Sigh. There’s lesser respect for others these days. I’m just going to bury my worldly frustrations into this salad. Enough said for the day.

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  • 2 zucchini + 1 yellow squash, shredded
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 firm tofu, pressed and sliced lengthwise
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp orange zest
  • 3 tbsp tamari/soy sauce
  • 2 tsp curry powder
  • 3 tbsp orange juice
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil


  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 tsp ginger, finely minced
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

Garnish: orange segments, toasted sesame oil and black sesame seeds


  1. Line a colander with some paper towel. Add shredded zucchini and squash with a pinch of salt. Mix to combine and allow to drain for 10 minutes to remove excess moisture. Wring out shredded vegetables and set aside.
  2. In a bowl, combine sliced tofu with black pepper, orange zest, soy sauce, curry powder and orange juice. Marinate for 15 minutes.
  3. Prepare salad dressing by combining all the ingredients into a jar. Secure the lid and shake vigorously to combine.
  4. Heat a nonstick skillet on medium high. Add 1 tbsp of oil and once it begins to smoke, gently add marinated tofu slices. Pan fry for 1 to 2 minutes on each side or until lightly browned and crisped. Drain crisped tofu on paper towel. Add another tablespoon of oil and pan fry another batch of tofu.
  5. To plate, combine all ingredients, drizzle with a little toasted sesame oil, garnished with sesame seeds and orange segments. If you prefer a layered (non-soggy) salad, begin by plating shredded vegetables. Top it with pan fried curried tofu, drizzle on some dressing and garnish with fresh orange segments, a few drops of sesame oil and sesame seeds.
  6. Enjoy!

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Hope your week is off to a great start. Mine is going to be well-spent by clearing out summer and slowly introducing autumn back into our life. Slowly but surely.

Are you a frequent-flyer? Any flying frustrations? Vent it out, appropriately 😉


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1 Rosa October 8, 2013 at 10:56 AM

That is a great dish! Excatly what I would prepare at home. Very flavorful.




2 Ash-foodfashionparty October 8, 2013 at 11:27 AM

What a lovely and healthy dish my dear. Enjoy your travelling. Haven’t travelled a lot in a while, not a big fan though.


3 Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com October 8, 2013 at 1:47 PM

Ooh – am always looking for tofu dishes and this one sounds scrumptious! The dressing seems so refreshing!
Nope, not a frequent flyer, but I do love people watching in the airport…oh wait…don’t think thats appropriate venting though …
Safe travels dear 🙂
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4 maha October 8, 2013 at 2:00 PM

tofu salad sounds great…very healthy…


5 Kiran October 14, 2013 at 2:48 PM

Maha — thank you 🙂


6 Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ October 8, 2013 at 2:02 PM

I like that you added citrus notes on tofu, simply beautiful.
I believe you’re so lucky since you get to travel so often… but, yes, I understand your point with airport experiences…
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7 Kiran October 14, 2013 at 2:59 PM

Daniela — i’m seriously loathing all the traveling. It’s getting to be too much now. and when it’s too much, it’s no longer fun 😀


8 Archana @ FeedingThefoodie October 8, 2013 at 2:13 PM

I like the Tofu marinade a lot – otherwise it tends to be so bland!
Flying is fun for me but probably because I don’t do it as often. Its physically tiring but I love the idea of travelling – a lot.
I don’t like the slow pace of things at the airport – just because you are at the airport doesn’t mean you walk slowly, move slowly, order slowly. There is a lot of nervousness around – and I keep reminding myself, the worst case scenario is a missed flight – and there are always other flights! 🙂
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9 Kiran October 14, 2013 at 3:01 PM

Archana — clearly you love traveling so much 😀


10 Laura (Tutti Dolci) October 8, 2013 at 2:41 PM

Curried tofu sounds incredibly tasty! Lovely salad.
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11 Nusrat Azim October 8, 2013 at 3:00 PM

There’s always this high-key, sunshine-y, light, feathery, angelic, heavenly touch in your pictures which make me appreciate your hardwork more and more!
What brilliant, healthy, guilt-free salad idea you have presented today, dearie!
Will have it for dinner tonight 🙂
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12 Kiran October 14, 2013 at 3:03 PM

Nusrat — thanks so much, love. hope you enjoyed this recipe with the family as much or more than I have 🙂


13 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking October 8, 2013 at 4:58 PM

What a lovely salad for transitioning from summer to fall, Kiran! It looks absolutely beautiful, delicious and fresh. Wonderful recipe!
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14 Kari@Loaves n Dishes October 8, 2013 at 6:28 PM

My husband and I always say that if we get rich we don’t need a big house, but our own plane would be terrific! I eat a lot of tofu and I’m loooving this salad!
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15 Kiran October 14, 2013 at 3:20 PM

Kari — lol, you guys are way too cute 😉


16 Honey What's Cooking October 8, 2013 at 10:40 PM

This looks amazing Kiran. Did you use a food processor to shred the zucchini, else how do you get such long strips? I’m not a fan of traveling, but I love to TRAVEL! This year I did my fair share of travel. The one thing that pisses me off is going thru that new XRAY machine.. I can’t stand it. And note, that machine doesn’t exist in the Caribbean, Canada, Europe, or Asia, but it does in the US. They are always testing on us. I always opt out.
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17 Kiran October 14, 2013 at 3:32 PM

Nisha — thanks! you can use a food processor to shred it but i made mine with an OXO hand-held julienne slicer http://amzn.to/18eYNcM.

I hate that X-ray myself. Wonder how much radiation are we exposed too.


18 Anne ~ Uni Homemaker October 9, 2013 at 1:15 AM

I hear ya Kiran! I dispise traveling. The lines, the waiting, the inconsiderate fools taking their sweet time putting their overly large carry-on in the overhead bins. Not to mention people traveling with young crying infants. YIKES! What used to be a fun experience is now something I dread, which prevents me from traveling more than I would like. Anyway… this salad looks amazing, as is with all your gorgeous recipes. Have a great rest of the week friend! 🙂
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19 Kiran October 14, 2013 at 3:35 PM

Anne — good to know I’m not the only one dreading to fly! hope you are having a great week yourself, friend 🙂


20 Coffee and Crumpets October 9, 2013 at 8:17 AM

It’s the whole waste of time thing I hate about airports. Wait, wait and wait. I rather just do a road trip, where possible and stop as you please. The thing is, I love flying, and wanted to be a RAF pilot when I got out of school (for a short time) but I wanted to be many things….
This salad is gorgeous. I love the shredded long strands of the zucchini and squash and crispy tofu! Yummy! Loving the orange ginger dressing too.

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21 Kiran October 14, 2013 at 3:38 PM

Nazneen — we prefer road trips too! so much more convenient and healthy.


22 rika@veganmiam October 9, 2013 at 8:21 AM

The salad looks fantastic – zucchini, squash and curried tofu are perfect together with the tangy & mildly spicy dressing.

Where are you traveling at the moment? We are currently in Buenos Aires, Argentina, here for another month. My partner and I are avid travelers and frequent fliers; we travel several times a year. We will be heading back to Oregon in November, Philadelphia for a couple of days, Seattle for a couple of days, Paris for a month and then Peru for a week. We are still working on our 2014 travel plans at the moment. We don’t like flying domestic in the U.S., the services are not so good. We like to fly international within Asia & Oceania on Air NZ, Asiana, Swiss, Lufthansa, etc.


23 Kiran October 14, 2013 at 3:40 PM

Rika — our jobs doesn’t allow for much international travel opportunities, hence the domesticated flights. i loathe the local flight services too. just not good. wow, looks like you guys do fly for a living 🙂


24 Barbara | Creative Culinary October 9, 2013 at 10:25 AM

I can’t do tofu (well, won’t is really more accurate!) but the rest looks great and I’ve got the remnants of summer squash just waiting for something different. LOVE the dressing!
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25 Katerina October 9, 2013 at 10:35 AM

I am so scared of airplanes! I wasn’t like this but as I grew up I started to be afraid of traveling by airplane! You are so brave and patient! Your salad looks delicious!
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26 Kiran October 14, 2013 at 3:44 PM

Katerina — thanks love. i might be brave, but have zero patience 😀


27 Maria | Pink Patisserie October 9, 2013 at 11:11 AM

Beautiful, healthy and so delicious looking! I can think of no better way to feel better. Lovely!
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28 Angie@Angie's Recipes October 9, 2013 at 11:55 AM

A perfect squash salad! Curried tofu slices look marvelous, Kiran.
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29 Mr. & Mrs. P October 9, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Gorgeous!!! Simple, flavorful, healthy!! Whats not to love!
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30 john@kitchenriffs October 9, 2013 at 2:35 PM

I used to fly a ton, but it’s been awhile since I’ve done much. The problem with security is it’s so uncertain how long the whole process is going to take – sometimes you breeze through in a few minutes, other times the line is an hour or more long. Plus the on-plane experience is the pits these days. Anyway, lovely salad! That’s a great dressing, and curry and tofu play so well together. Good stuff – thanks.
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31 Kiran October 14, 2013 at 3:50 PM

John — i don’t mind the security. it’s after all for everyone’s safety. but i loathe the attitude of passengers that never considers others in their presence. so rude.


32 Kelly October 9, 2013 at 9:06 PM

I’m not a fan of flying either for the same reasons. This salad looks amazing! I love the sound of this citrus dressing drizzled over the crispy tofu with squash and zucchini! Gorgeous pictures as always too:)
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33 Tamara Coleman October 9, 2013 at 11:31 PM

Your photos are PERFECT! Love your food photography 🙂
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34 Kiran October 15, 2013 at 9:45 AM

Tamara — thank you so much!


35 Mallika October 10, 2013 at 3:35 AM

I am in love with your presentation. Simply beautiful!
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36 easyfoodsmith October 10, 2013 at 9:01 AM

The salad looks very refreshing and love those vibrant colors.

I am not too fond of flying for reasons similar to yours sans the vertigo, but starting mid October this year I will be catching a few flights to different destinations.
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37 Kiran October 15, 2013 at 9:46 AM

Taruna — i’ll take all the pain if it weren’t for my vertigo. Lucky you, have fun traveling 🙂


38 Charul @ Tadka Masala October 10, 2013 at 10:58 AM

Oh! I love flying for the joy of watching clouds from up there. I always wish that time should stop there for a minute or 5 or maybe more and let me stare into the clouds for forever. Ok, I know I am not helping you so I would stop.
And the salad, it looks oh my gosh gorgeous. But, I just have one thing to ask, how did you shred zucchini so thin and adorable?


39 Kiran October 15, 2013 at 9:52 AM

Charul — thanks! you can use a food processor to shred it but i made mine with an OXO hand-held julienne slicer http://amzn.to/18eYNcM.


40 Gayathri October 10, 2013 at 11:39 AM

flavorful and healthy salad…
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41 Jamie October 10, 2013 at 12:24 PM

The more I travel – and I have done a lot these last couple of years, the more tolerant and the less afraid I am. I just get there earlier and bring food and a book. I will admit that if I am stuck in a long line I panic and start cursing, but I have become immune to much of it. Now, this curry is fabulous! I love the tofu and the addition of orange! How simple yet how flavorful!
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42 Kiran October 15, 2013 at 9:54 AM

Jamie — immune is definitely the perfect word 🙂


43 Juliana October 10, 2013 at 2:21 PM

Nice salad, I love the orange dressing, such a pretty and tasty dish Kiran.
Hope you are having a wonderful week my dear 😀


44 Irina @ wandercrush October 10, 2013 at 8:27 PM

Flying’ always a pain, but always always worth it when you reach the destination. These are gorgeous colours, Kiran! It always surprised me how well orange dressings work with tofu.


45 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen October 11, 2013 at 1:12 AM

I hear you, I am not a fan of the airport or being on a plane but I love the experience of going to discover someplace different so I guess that’s the price we pay!
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46 Kimberley October 11, 2013 at 2:02 AM

I love the look and sound of this salad! And yeah, I prefer driving to flying. 🙂


47 Shefali October 11, 2013 at 2:10 AM

Oh man! you don’t know how annoying airport security can be until you have a kid..to add to everything else you have to get the baby out of the stroller and into the stroller 50 times..and get the damn stroller through the machines. Most annoying thing EVER! I feel for you.
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48 Kiran October 15, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Shefali — i feel for everyone who has to fly. it’s never easy 😀


49 Viviane Bauquet Farre - Food and Style October 11, 2013 at 3:25 AM

Kiran, I hear you on the headaches of flying. But that salad is gorgeous, and would make anyone feel better!
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50 Sissi October 11, 2013 at 6:18 AM

What a lovely vegetarian dish! I like tofu a lot, so I think I wouldn’t mind the meat’s absence (even as an avowed carni/piscivore).
What makes me furious at the airport are people who have already travelled at least several times and still pretend they don’t know they should take out their laptops… It takes ages for them afterwards to take the laptop out… (I am rarely asked to take off my shoes though: I wear soft ballerinas, so I never do it).
I must say if airport food/drinks were better, shops more interesting, I wouldn’t mind waiting… Sadly it’s rarely the case.
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51 Kiran October 15, 2013 at 11:27 PM

Sissi — ditto with every observation, especially the shopping bit 😉


52 Helene D'Souza October 11, 2013 at 10:25 AM

I am not a frequent flyer, but I wish I could fly more often. I always considered airports super interesting. Love observing how people act and then there is the duty free shopping. =)
Glad to have come across your salad Kiran. I need something new!
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53 Kiran October 15, 2013 at 11:37 PM

Helene — duty shopping is a bonus I guess 😉


54 foodwanderings October 11, 2013 at 11:29 AM

Kiran, you travel so much. I wish I had the opportunity especially overseas. I don’t have vertigo but I dread fling just the same but how am I suppose to get places, right?! Back to your dish if anyone can make tofu appealing to me it’s you and using in season zucchinis is the best. I picked up some last weekend at the farmers market. They were sensational. I hope the rain will cease so I can hit the market again this weekend.
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55 Kiran October 15, 2013 at 11:45 PM

Shulie — i simply loathe traveling, no thanks to a severe vertigo. it’s no fun at all 🙁


56 laurasmess October 11, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Gorgeous recipe. I love the contrast of the speckled black sesame against the sunny yellow and green! This is a great way to eat tofu (which I normally hate, sorry sunshine!) as it’s got so much flavour happiness in the mix… I think even I could eat it! Thanks lovely x
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57 Kiran October 15, 2013 at 11:54 PM

Laura — thanks love. hope you’d get to try this recipe and be a tofu convert 😉


58 cquek October 11, 2013 at 1:25 PM

I know I’ll be addicted!


59 Sophie33 October 11, 2013 at 1:29 PM

I made it as a Nice lunch today for my mom & me & we both loved it so much! It was sensational even. Yummy too. Xx
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60 Kiran October 16, 2013 at 11:41 AM

Sophie — awww, i’m glad you girls enjoyed it! thanks for reporting it back 🙂 xoxo


61 Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies October 12, 2013 at 12:58 PM

I love zucchini noodles–what an awesome way to use them! Gorgeous photos, too. 🙂
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62 The Duo Dishes October 17, 2013 at 12:42 AM

Really beautiful salad. Love the orange with the green and yellow, and of course the flavor is a great addition. The key to flying is…sleeping the entire way through the flight!
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63 Alice November 9, 2013 at 7:30 AM

I’m a little in love with this salad, black sesame & delicious orange segments make this no fuss with great flavour. As for the travel but, I’m a seasoned overnight traveller, as long as I have charge on my iPad & snacks in my bags, I’ll survive…just!!!
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