hemp crusted tofu cobb salad

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This hemp crusted tofu cobb salad has been a go-to meal of mine for a while and wanted to share it with you! I created these tasty little tofu nuggets as part of the post I did with Manitoba Harvest last year, sharing creative ways to incorporate hemp hearts into your meals. The tofu fingers or nuggets… whatever you want to call them… are even great on their own right out of the fridge cold!

Serve these with a dip of your choice like my popular ranch dip, preferably. But for a whole meal, I found them really satisfying on this tofu cobb salad!

Feel free to customize the salad components however you please. You could also add nuts and seeds on top, or some black beans or chickpeas for more protein!

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hemp crusted tofu cobb salad

These gluten-free breaded tofu nuggets are highly addictive... you've been warned! They make the perfect pairing with a fresh cobb style salad and a creamy ranch.

Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword crispy tofu, ranch, salads
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Lauren Toyota


hemp crusted tofu

  • 1 x 350 g or 400 g brick of firm tofu
  • 1/2 C gluten-free bread crumbs
  • 1/2 C hemp hearts
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp nondairy milk

cobb salad

  • 12 C chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1 lb whole green beans, blanched
  • 2 C tomato wedges or halved cherry tomatoes
  • 2 C frozen corn, thawed and drained of excess water
  • 2 avocados, diced or cut into wedges
  • 1 C ranch dressing


hemp crusted tofu

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Drain the brick of tofu from the packaging water and pat dry with a tea towel or paper towel.

  3.  Cut into 8 thick sticks or depending on the shape of your tofu brick you can cut those in half again for 16 pieces. They should be like a fish stick style shape.

  4. In a mixing bowl combine the bread crumbs, hemp hearts, spices, sea salt, and ground pepper. In another smaller bowl combine dijon with nondairy milk until smooth and well combined.
  5. Brush the dijon mixture evenly on each tofu stick coating well. Then coat fully in the bread crumb mixture. Place sticks on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  6. Spray the sticks with a light coating of vegetable oil and bake for 30 minutes flipping over half way through the bake time. They should be a deep golden brown.

cobb salad

  1. To make blanched green beans that are still bright green and crunchy you can boil them or steam them in a pot and then just as they turn bright green all over and are tender, drain them from the hot water and submerge them into a large bowl of ice water. Then once they've been submerged for 5 to 10 minutes you can drain them from the water into a colander. Serve them immediately on the salad or pat dry and store for 2 days in a container in the fridge.
  2. Assemble the salads with romaine lettuce, a handful of corn, green beans, a few tomato wedges, and cubed avocado. Top with 3 to 4 tofu nuggets per salad and drizzle with ranch dressing!

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9 thoughts on “hemp crusted tofu cobb salad”

  1. Im in love with this salad! It’s going to become part of our weekly meal rotation. The tofu is AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!! Im in love with it. Thank you so much for the free awesome recipes. <3

  2. Cynthia Goosby

    We’ve had this four times in the last week, and we are not even close to sick of it yet. SO. GOOD.

  3. I made this last night and it was phenomenal. I used regular breadcrumbs instead of gluten free and it turned out great. When I make it again, I think I will use just 1/4 cup hemp seeds and 1/4 cup breadcrumbs. I ended up throwing out a lot of the breading. I also added black beans to my salad and I have some quick pickled red cabbage for leftovers today. Fantastic recipe!

  4. I am new to vegan cooking and I have to say that this was fantastic and so easy to make. Absolutely in love with all of these new recipes to explore. Ordered the cookbook and I am so excited to cook/eat my way through all of these wonderful recipes. Thank you for inspiring me to take this journey. : )

  5. How much do you drain out the tofu? I couldn’t find the organic hemp heart so I got regular hemp heart does it work the same?

  6. I really enjoyed this recipe. I appreciate that it is both tasty and healthy. It will definitely be in my rotation now. Thanks for sharing!

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