I am convinced that having something to look forward to is one of the keys to happiness. Travel especially. You can love where you live, maybe even be content with your job, but who doesn't need an adventure? I am in need of one, and sooner than later. Hugh and I recently booked a trip to Scotland which will be half adventure and half for a job of his, and I feel like I got a boost of life. The anticipation of the plane flight, getting lost, new coffee places, the quirks of a different culture, no cell phone... it seriously warms my heart. There is a quote I love from author Donald Miller, "Everyone has to leave. Everyone needs to leave their home so they can love it again for all new reasons." By home, I don't think he literally means the shelter you live in, I interpret it to encompass all of the routine, the pressure, the responsibilities combined to define something as home. Maybe I'm getting a tad philosophical for a two week trip, but let's just say I need to leave.

Believe it or not, having 'things to look forward to' flows quite nicely into the miso slaw we have here. When I have leftovers for lunch already made for me the next day, THAT is something to look forward to. This dressing is not heavy at all, and is a nice change from your daily vinaigrette. It's my new favorite. I know there is a repulsion to soggy greens, but let it sit about 10 minutes before eating and the salt will soften up the cruciferous broccoli. I can't wait for lunch.MISOSLAW_02

MISO SLAW // Serves 4
Inspired by The Kitchn: Apartment Therapy

Read through the directions first. It seems like a lot going on, but once you have all of the stuff, these are very straight forward steps. You could use spinach or any greens you prefer in place of arugula. I suggest doubling the dressing recipe so you have extra for another salad.

1 Package/3 1/2 Cups Broccoli Slaw
4 Cups Arugula, chopped
1/2 Cup Scallions, thinly chopped
1 English Cucumber, cut into sticks
1 Cup Unsalted Peanuts, roughly chop
1 pkg. 14 oz. Firm Tofu, well drained
Cilantro for Garnish (optional)

// Tofu Marinade //
1 1/2 Tbsp. Low Sodium Tamari/Soy Sauce
1 1/2 Tbsp. Agave Nectar
1 Tbsp. Sesame Oil
Fresh Pepper
Toasted Sesame Seeds

// Miso Dressing //
1/2 Cup Whole/Lowfat, Plain Greek Yogurt
1/3 Cup Rice Vinegar
3 Tbsp. Yellow Miso
3 Garlic Cloves, minced
1 Tbsp. Agave Nectar
1 Tbsp. Grated Ginger
1 Tbsp. Sesame Oil
1 Tsp. Red Pepper Flakes
2 teaspoons Low Sodium Tamari/Soy Sauce

Oven to 500'

1. For the dressing, put all of the ingredients in a bowl and whisk until combined.
2. For the tofu, be sure to let some of the water drain out by putting it on a plate with paper towels with something heavy resting on top. Cut the tofu into half inch sticks, see picture.
3. In a wide bottomed bowl, mix the tofu marinade of tamari, agave and sesame oil. Working very gently with about 2 tofu sticks at a time, roll them through the marinade to coat each piece. Space them apart on a baking tray covered with a piece of foil. Sprinkle generously with fresh pepper and sesame seeds, and bake in the upper third of the oven for about 20 minutes, flip them over halfway through baking. Remove and cool.
4. While cooling, mix your greens, scallions and peanuts in a bowl and toss with desired amount of dressing. Divide amongst plates and place a few cucumbers and tofu sticks on the side. Sprinkle with fresh cilantro and a few extra peanuts, and if you like it spicy, more red pepper flakes.MISOSLAW_04

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Reader Comments (55)

I'm totally with you about traveling--I always need to book a few trips--even little ones--to get me through the day to day. Scotland will be amazing, I'm sure! This salad looks awesome. And isn't it nice to look forward to your next meal? :)

February 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKasey

I'm also convinced we all need something to look forward to. That's why I love goal setting so much!

This slaw looks fabulous.

February 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica @ How Sweey

This looks FABULOUS. Especially those tofu batons. Brilliant cut, that, to get maximum crust and wow. Lovely. (And happy travels!)

February 24, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermolly

I see you're a fellow member of the slaw food movement! I've been making one lately with some very similar ingredients, but this looks especially fabulous. I also need trips to look forward to—so much that sometimes I plan them too far ahead just for that reason!

February 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLentil Breakdown

Oh yes, your first paragraph speaks volumes to me today. I hope you have a wonderful trip! This dish looks amazing—fresh and inspiring, just what I need right now.

February 24, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterfresh365

Miso is my new favorite salad dressing ingredient. I know that I will love this. I will be trying this soon, and that is not an empty promise.

Oh, and I just love that photo of the whole scallions, great perspective.

February 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Ordinary Vegetarian

This salad looks wonderful! I have a container of miso in the fridge begging to be used. This recipe provides me with the inspiration I need to use it. Thanks!

February 24, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersally

I think that this salad is one of the keys to happiness!!

February 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLeah

Love the first photo! I've never eaten tofu, but this recipe makes me want to at least give it a try. :-)

February 24, 2010 | Unregistered Commenternicole

I totally agree with you when you say everyone needs something to look forward to, a new adventure. I had been at the same job for 3 years when I finally said enough and totally changed careers (webmaster > food). I am now happier and have so much to look forward to. I hope your Scotland trip truly provides the adventure you are in search of.

February 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGrilledShane


I am super happy for you and Hugh and I agree that we all need to get away for an adventure, especially after the gray winter days :) Love that quote from Donald Miller, Im a huge fan of his. Beautiful post, fabulous recipe, lots to look forward to!

February 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCoco @ Roost

Yum! I have been trying to use up the miso in my fridge and this looks great. And healthy - honestly, I seriously need some healthy right now!

February 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatie @ CozyDelicious

This looks like a very refreshing salad. The tofu marinade looks delicious and I must try that miso dressing. Yum!

Saw the The Kitchn Miso Slaw post and had it bookmarked. Now, it's just moved up the list. I bet this is gorgeous with the pepperiness of the arugula!

Sounds and looks as alluring as always!
I hope you will have so much fun in Scotland! I love traveling!
(Always with the exclamation marks.. It's just how excited I am.)

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnnika

1. i totally agree on the travels. we just booked a long weekend to seattle, just because i am getting stir-crazy in chicago. we don't do long vacation until the fall, so i can't wait that long!!

2. this slaw looks totally awesome! i'm programmed to like slaw, since i'm southern, but this is a great asian twist and definitely healthier than the slaw in the south!

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterheather @ chiknpastry

Oh, completely. I always need a planned vacation to look forward to. As soon as we come back from one we always book in the next!

Thank you for this recipe. It looks perfect for weekday lunches at the office. I'm planning to make it this weekend.

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHilary

You are 100% right about the travel. You summed it up very nicely. I hope the snow is gone in Scotland by the time you get there. It's been a long winter in the UK. The recipe looks fantastic and definitely worth giving this a go. Safe travels!

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGretchen

Sara, I could eat that all day everyday. Love everything in there and the tofu just sends it over the top. I have three different kinds of miso in my refrigerator so I can't wait to try it!

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDana

Simple but so wonderful!

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMaria

how exciting! our best friends honeymooned there and returned with gorgeous photos. good for you! and my mouth is watering over this slaw - love that it contains arugula!

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercarolyn

Looks yummy. Is the sesame oil called for in the marinade toasted sesame oil?

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPame

I made this tonight and it was amazing!!! So much flavor! It was a big hit, thanks for the recipe. I love your blog and I have all the ingredients to make the parsnips tomorrow. And tell Hugh his photos are gorgeous.

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMolly

This is such a lovely dish. You're the only cook I know who has actually gotten me to at tofu and like it. Thanks for the new recipe.

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEl

Scotland! I'm sure you'll have so much fun. I totally agree - we need to get away to appreciate where we are.

This salad looks so terrific, miso is one of my favorite things!

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterhannah

travel and planning -- being at home -- that crucial balance between getting lost, having fun, routine, discipline and being cozy at home . . . It's what makes life full, isn't it.

I am so happy for you going to Scotland . . .Edinborough (sp?) and Glasgow were some of my favorite cities there. My dad and i were eating a green soup there that he freaked out with '''mmmmmm' sounds so loudly the waiter asked us to quiet down. it was that good!

lovely slaw. i love this kinda thing. healthy and crunchy.

February 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterleela

I totally understand looking forward to something and how it makes you appreciate "home" so much more. I've been working in Baghdad for almost 8 months and I'm leaving in three weeks, and I couldn't be more excited to return to my typical DC routine!

February 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKirstin

this looks so good, sara! i love miso in dressings. your trip sounds so exciting! i cannot agree with you more about leaving your home, your routine from time to time and coming back to it with fresh eyes.

i haven't see greek yogurt sold here in toronto. any substitutes? or how can i make it?

thanks for your comment on my blog:)

February 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commentershilpa

this just screams Tami. i love asian flavors. i love salads and i especially love slaws. putting this one in the "recipe" bookmark folder.

ps. yay for being able to leave a comment on my blog! :)

February 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertami

This looks delicious--love the flavors and the crunchy texture. And yes. I always try to have something to look forward to--be it fragrant pot of homemade tea or a lovely journey. Happy travels!

February 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterlisa @ dandysugar

Just got back home from a four day trip that was unplanned and unwanted. I wanted to kiss my house when I got back. Just what the doctor ordered to get all my ducks in a row, when before I was sulking about. And a healthy, crunchy meal like this looks like just what I need to ground myself.

February 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJulia

My most tried and true strategy for getting through the dark days of winter is to plan a trip--any trip. This winter, I planned a summer vacation and just getting those dates on my calendar has filled my mind with images of that time to come. The mini strategy is to plan an outing (usually out of state), for every month of the winter, right up until spring. A concert, an excursion to the big city, a visit--they create all sort of pull me forward toward spring. Have fun anticipating your Scotland trip. I think anticipation and planning are at least half of the fun!

February 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEleanor

I thought I was hungry before stumbling on this website. That looks so good.

February 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

Yes, I believe in that need to leave and then the following need to return. I've felt both, many many times. Beautiful slaw.

March 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDenise @ Chez Danisse

Have a great time in Scotland! Completely agree about having something to look forward to. Definitely puts a new perspective on the day-to-day. I can't believe how good that looks. Really a stunning recipe!

March 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterallison lemons

Lovely blog, excellent writing...I, too, look forward to opportunities to get away. Your trip sounds wonderful and the miso slaw sounds delicious.

March 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkellypea

I just found your site and I couldn't be happier! I love your photos and this recipe! I can't wait to check back for more recipes!

March 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJen @ How To: Simplify

I love having something to look forward to as well. For me, that's dinner :)

Recently discovered your blog...and feel like I've found gold :)
Thanks for this recipe. I can hardly wait to make it.

March 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCasey J

i just clicked to your blog from the Saveur nomination page, and when i arrived at your site, I gasped. the beauty, light, simple layout and photography are exceptionally beautiful! congratulations! I have recently started blogging and while I have a good eye, i often do not have good light when the sun is not out, any suggestions for a lighting solution for the evening hours (when I often do most of my cooking).

again, congratualtions on the amazing blog, I now appreciate the work that goes into this!

March 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertagan engel

Beautiful dish. So flavorful and very inspiring.

March 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDivina

Beautiful, delectable, healthy - as your posts always are. Congrats on the Saveur nomination!

March 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKimberley

I must say I totally agree! I feel much more refreshed and motivated when I have a fun trip or vacation to look forward to. Just knowing that you're going to have that time off, time to focus on having fun and exploring and spending time with ones you love is so wonderful. And this looks amazing. I must attempt to make.

March 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAimee

I really love all your images... and the recipes look delish!!!

March 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterElie's Papel

Thank you for being right where I needed you to be this morning...perfect for dinner to night. My no beef or chicken dinners are getting rather redundant! Never bought Miso. Is it powdered?

March 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSusie

oh this looks so yummy! I keep telling my hubby that I need a wife. And I want her to cook like you.

March 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKat Braman

Wow, that looks so good!!!

March 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBetsy

We just had this for dinner and it was delicious! Thanks for a great recipe. This will be a good one for spring and summer, too. Also, I'm so glad I followed your advice and made extra dressing. I'm looking forward to trying it on other salads.

March 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrachael grant

hi there! been following your site for some time now and am as enthralled as the rest. i made this salad last night and it was superb! the dressing was so good that i decided to skip the marinade and just tossed the tofu cubes in plain. only changes to the dressing were honey instead of agave, and plain yogurt instead of greek (both because that's all i had). Can't wait to have it tonight over some soba! thanks!

April 15, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteramanda

I'm going to try this later this week! Have you thought about making available a download-able version of the recipe so we can print it out easily?

LOVE your blog!


May 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle Moore

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