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Sesame Spinach with Tofu Salad


By Jamie Wei

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Sesame peanut paste is something very common in Taiwanese cuisine. During summertime, it can be easily spotted at many street vendors. The creamy and nutty flavor and texture are what makes it so addictive. Tofu is an ingredient that’s full of protein and calcium. I added spinach to pair with it, a dark green leafy vegetable that is rich in fiber, vitamin E, and iron among so many more. The Spinach here is cut into shorter lengths so people who have a hard time digesting too much fiber don’t have to worry. The dish is very fast and easy to put together and can be prepared in advance, which is always a plus if you are having a dinner party or too busy to cook. All the components here can be prepared a day ahead and chilled in the fridge. Everything can be assembled within a minute or two the day of. A perfect summer side dish to serve at any party!


Spinach, 1 bunch or one cup, cut into desired length

Silken tofu, 1 block, about 1 lb.

White sesame seeds, 1 tsp, toasted

For the dressing:

1/2 cup Tahini

1/2 cup Natural peanut butter

2 1/2 cups Cold water

1 tsp Soy sauce

1/2 tsp Rice vinegar

1 tsp Sesame oil

1/2 tsp Maple syrup

1/2 tsp Salt


  1. Heat the oil in a frying pan, once hot, add in the spinach and turn off the heat after 5-10 seconds. Stir the spinach constantly and use the residual heat from the pan to cook them through.
  2. Remove from the pan and transfer to a serving platter. Move the spinach toward the sides and create a well in the center.
  3. Blanch the tofu for about 2-3 minutes. Remove from the pot and cut into one-inch cubes.
  4. Transfer to the serving plate and place the tofu in the center of the plate. Cover the plate and leave in the fridge to chill.
  5. Combine all dressing ingredients together, mix well and set aside.
  6. When ready to serve, drizzle on the sesame dressing. Sprinkle on some white sesame seeds. Serve with more dressing on the side.

Join Sharsheret in the Kitchen for “Finding Umami,” a free healthy cooking demo with Jamie Wei (@chopsticksmeetfork) on Thursday, June 16 at 11 a.m. PDT/2 p.m. EDT. Jamie’s inspired recipes highlight Asian flavors in unique dishes that look beautiful and taste incredible. Register at https://link.sharsheret.org/findingumami. This program is part of the “Sharsheret in the Kitchen” series, bringing nutritious and delicious kosher ideas to empower all of us at risk for breast and ovarian cancer to make healthier diet choices thanks to generous support from Cedars-Sinai.

Sharsheret, a non-profit organization, is the Jewish breast cancer and ovarian cancer community. If you or someone you love has been impacted by breast or ovarian cancer, or has elevated genetic risk, contact Sharsheret for free support and resources. For more information, visit sharsheret.org or call (866) 474-2774.


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