Salad of tofu, snake beans and crispy shallot with black bean vinaigrette

Salad of tofu, snake beans and crispy shallot with black bean vinaigrette

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Mr Wilkinson's Simply Dressed Salads
Serves
2-4
Photographer
Jacqui Melville

The black bean vinaigrette is a version from my old mate Jake Nicolson, and has become a regular at home and in dishes for work. This dish goes brilliantly with some simple Chinese-style roasted beef, duck or chicken.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
400g snake beans
300g organic silken tofu, cut into 8 pieces
1 small handful coriander, leaves picked and washed
1 tablespoon crispy fried asian shallots

Black bean vinaigrette

Quantity Ingredient
100g fermented black beans, soaked overnight in the fridge in several changes of water, (or you can use 3 tablespoons black bean paste, from a jar)
1 small long red chilli, seeded and finely chopped
3 french shallots, finely diced
50 g knob fresh ginger, peeled and finely grated
300ml canola oil
150ml light soy sauce
40ml black rice vinegar, or rice vinegar

Method

  1. To make the vinaigrette, rinse the soaked black beans, if you’re using fermented ones. Place in a bowl and use a fork to smash them up a little, to a paste-like consistency. Add the chilli, shallot and ginger, then carefully fold in the canola oil, soy sauce and vinegar. Taste for a nice salt and acid balance and adjust to your liking.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to the boil. Cut the snake beans into thirds, then add to the pot and boil for 3 minutes, or until they’re still a little crisp, but cooked.
  3. Drain the hot beans and place in a mixing bowl. Add half the tofu and coriander, and enough dressing to coat (roughly 3 tablespoons). Gently toss, not breaking up the tofu too much, then place in a serving dish.
  4. Add the remaining tofu. Dress with a little more vinaigrette and the rest of the coriander. Serve sprinkled with the fried shallots.

Note:

  • Any left-over vinaigrette will keep in an airtight jar in the fridge for yonks.
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