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Peanut Tofu Salad
1 (16 ounce) block tofu
3/4 pound bean sprouts
1 medium-size cucumber, peeled, if desired
2/3 cup shredded carrot
3 green onions, including tops, thinly sliced
3/4 cup coarsely chopped salted peanuts
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon shoyu
1 1/2 teaspoons sesame oil
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
Cut tofu block crosswise into 1-inch thick slices. Drain in colander for 15 minutes, then place between paper towels and gently press out excess water.
Place tofu on a rack set in a shallow rimmed baking pan and brush all surfaces with oil.
Bake at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes.
When cool, cut tofu into 1/4 x 1/4 x 1-inch strips and gently mix into dressing; cover and chill for 30 minutes or up to 24 hours.
Cook bean sprouts in boiling water for 10 seconds; then drain. Rinse in cold water and drain again; cover and chill.
Cut cucumber in half lengthwise (remove seeds if large), slice thinly; cover and chill.
Just before serving, lightly toss together tofu, sprouts, cucumber, carrot, green onions and peanuts.
Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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