One day I wandered over to University of Hawaii Maui College campus looking to sneak into the culinary school. And by sneak, I mean it’s supposedly open to the public, but I couldn’t confirm that so I just ventured over. It turned out to be closed (boo), but I did catch the end of a swap meet happening behind the college. I found a few friendly farmers and bought some lovely farm fresh starfruit, mixed greens, Japanese cucumber and scallions, which ended up becoming a totally delicious salad.
I saw a similar recipe on Food Network’s website that included ahi, so I decided to include tofu. I threw my tofu straight into the salad, but it would also be really nice lightly seared in a sesame oil. I ate this salad for breakfast on the last day of my trip and every bite was better than the next. I don’t always love fruit in salad, but starfruit is so crunchy and not overly sweet that I think it really works well here.
Starfruit & Tofu Salad
1 bunch mixed greens that includes arugula
2 small or 1 large starfruit
one Japanese cucumber, sliced into desired thickness
3 or so scallions, sliced into small pieces
half package super firm tofu (use the refrigerated vacuum packed kind, not the kind found in water and not the kind found in aseptic boxes)
sesame oil* optional
Half cup Vegenaise (I like the reduced fat kind)
juice of one lime
1 1/2 tsp Maui mustard (I like them all. They are all so GOOD. For this salad though, I used the Pineapple one)
1/4 tsp paprika
freshly cracked black pepper
salt to taste
Is there a method to salad? Toss your greens into a salad bowl. Slice the starfruit crosswise. Poke out any seeds you might see in the slices. Add the starfruit, cucumber and scallions to your salad. If desired, heat a small amount of sesame oil in a small saute pan. Sear your tofu on both sides for a few minutes and let cool a minute or two before adding to the salad. You don’t want your greens to be wilty for this.
Prepare the dressing by whisking all of the ingredients together in a small bowl. Taste for salt and add some if you think it needs it. Drizzle some dressing onto your salad and you’re good to go. 🙂