Tomato Nectarine Salad with Tofu Cream

This tomato nectarine salad with tofu cream has plenty of juicy, sweet tomatoes, nectarines and watermelon involved.

have you heard of vidcon? if you watch youtube as much as i do (i’m hoping for your sake that you don’t), then you have. and if you haven’t, it’s essentially a youtube convention. in the past, i lowkey wanted to go, but time, willingness to pay, etc got in the way. i received an email about it a couple of months ago, and upon seeing the subject thought it was some sort of promo. buy your pass now and get it for the low price of $i want your money so that you can mob a select number of internet celebrities! and then i realized it was from my boss. you know, the one who got it approved for me to go with her to said convention. hyped was an understatement, even though i was doing that crazy, leave school in socal, go home to the bay area for less than a week, then go back to socal thing.Β (i did it last year too).

the perks for this internship are pretty great (free trip to vidcon, free housing in sf, too much free food, free trip to hq in the middle of nowhere in a few weeks), but even aside from that, i feel really fortunate to be a part of a really great company culture. i know how the company is doing (the lack of transparency at one of my previous internships was alienating to myself and the other interns), the full-time employees actually seem to care about and value the interns, and the interns are all super friendly. there was one night when we went out for numbingly spicy chinese noodles and waited til all of the food came out to take overhead shots and shared too much food and got boba and it was fantastic. or when we all converged on one of the science intern’s apartments in the name of watchingΒ game of thrones and eating too much har gao and strawberries and ice cream, and stayed late even though it was a sunday night. i feel lucky that what could be my last internship is turning out to be my best one yet.

but yes, too much good food, so i really need to be getting back to fruit and vegetables and things that aren’t drowned in chili oil. tomato nectarine salad with tofu cream? yes, i’ll eat a couple platefuls.

i’ve cut the nectarine, tomato and watermelon into rounds but if you’re more relaxed about how your salads look (aka me when i’m not trying to take semi-nice pictures), then don’t worry about trying to cut slabs of watermelon and then using a circle cutter to punch out perfect watermelon pieces. the dressing is essentially seasoned, blended silken tofu. which sounds crazy, but it’s surprisingly thick and rich and filling. i’ve tested out greek yogurt too, which works, though it’s not nearly the same as tofu. feta, almonds and herbs round out this salad that’s perfect for summer, even if you aren’t trying to resist the temptations of free office food and city delicacies.

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I can guarantee that you'd never guess there was tofu in the dressing for this tomato nectarine salad with tofu cream if you didn't know beforehand.

Tomato Nectarine Salad with Tofu Cream
Prep Time
20 mins
Total Time
20 mins
This tomato nectarine salad with tofu cream is the perfect summer lunch, with plenty of fresh produce and protein-rich tofu.
Course: Lunch, Salad
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 143 kcal
  • 8 oz silken tofu
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp fish sauce
  • 4 T Sherry vinegar
  • 2 T soy sauce
  • 3 T extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 slices from a large watermelon
  • 4 medium heirloom tomatoes can mix up what kind of tomatoes, sliced
  • 2 medium nectarines pitted and sliced
  • 1/2 cup corn kernels fresh is best but frozen can work in a pinch
  • fresh basil, fresh mint, toasted sliced almonds, crumbled feta for serving
  1. Blend the tofu, sesame oil, fish sauce, 2 T vinegar and 1 T soy sauce in a blender until smooth; season with salt.
  2. Whisk the olive oil, 2 T vinegar, and 1 T soy sauce in a large bowl; season with salt. Add the produce and toss to combine. Adjust the seasoning if needed.
  3. Cut rounds out of the watermelon so that they're similar in size to the tomato and nectarine slices. I recommend using the rim of a cup, or a cookie cutter, though a knife and a steady hand could work if you're confident. I find it easiest to have thick slices of watermelon and then cut them to the right thickness once you have the diameter you want.
  4. Swipe the tofu cream on a platter and arrange the salad on top. Garnish with the herbs, almonds and feta.
Recipe Notes

Adapted slightly from Ari Kolender of Leon's Oyster Shop (Charleston, SC) via Bon Appetit, July 2015.

If you don't want to plate the salad like this, you can use 1 cup cubed watermelon, which is much easier than getting cross sections of the watermelon, and then cutting circles out of that.

This serves about 8 as an appetizer with a serving size similar to what's pictured, or about 3-4 for lunch. Calorie count is calculated for 8 servings.

This tomato nectarine salad with tofu cream is topped with corn, basil and almonds for even more freshness and crunch.

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44 Replies to “Tomato Nectarine Salad with Tofu Cream”

  1. That’s a pretty looking salad there! And some gorgeous flavors too!! Love how you have used tofu in this salad! Good stuff πŸ™‚

    1. yeah! i feel like this is a super unique way to use tofu in salad. maybe not as easy as cubing it up and tossing it in, but much more interesting (:

  2. This is so pretty and summer-y! Plus, hooray for a good internship and vidcon! Have a great week, Heather!

  3. This recipe looks yummy, but your internship sounds amazing!! If you are in SF we need to go eat our way through the city together πŸ™‚

    1. ack i’m replying to comments super late! only here for a few more weeks but i’m down if you’re down :3

  4. Love the flavour combinations in this salad! Tofu cream has me very intrigued I must admit. But I am green with envy at your internship! It sounds so fab!! Hope you have a blast at Vidcon! I just looked at the agenda and now I am even greener with envy if that is possible – it sounds incredible!

    1. i feel like tofu cream sounds funkier/more health nut than it actually tastes. it just tastes like a really creamy dressing! vidcon was interesting, and i easily felt like the target demographic was preteens (ie not me lol). there were mobs of girls following youtubers or screaming when they went up on stage, and i was the uncultured swine who had no idea who 90% of them were πŸ˜‚

  5. This is so pretty, that tofu cream sounds really interesting too.

    1. thanks! i love how colorful summer fruit is, and it’s already making me weary of all the shades of green and beige during winter. sigh.

  6. I am loving this tofu dressing! love creamy rich dressings and this one sounds so great against that delicious summer produce! Glad to hear you are enjoying your internship!!

    1. i’m actually not a huge fan of creamy dressings! but i liked this one a lot (:

  7. A perfect summer salad, and well done for having the skill to cut everything out to look so pretty. I am loving the tofu dressing πŸ™‚

    1. LOL there was definitely some strategic placing and photography angles (;

  8. Those are some great perks you got! Enjoy πŸ™‚ And that salad sounds very interesting. Nevr made tofu cream, but now I am curious.

    1. so easy! blitz it up and you’ve got tofu cream (:

  9. Hi Heather! Those internship perks sound pretty fantastic! I would LOVE to go to vidcon, I have a few youtubers that I have been following for years that I would be so excited to meet! πŸ™‚ And this is such a unique salad recipe! The combination of nectarines + mint + toasted almonds sounds divine. I have never had tofu cream before, but I would love to try it! πŸ™‚

    1. i personally follow a lot of asian american youtubers, so i was a bit disappointed to not get to hear them talk or perform or even see them there. was a little bitter that anna akana wasn’t there, even though her face was part of this year’s logo! still super cool, but would recommend that you do a deep dive of all the presenters before you decide to go! (it can be pretty pricy).

  10. Heather!!! Wow! Such great flavor ideas! I would love to try it, it’s so different! Pinning for later! Have a great day!!

    1. yeah! i get bored with salads really easily, so this was a nice change of pace for me too (:

  11. This is gorgeous Heather!!!! I love the idea of tofu cream, I love pretty much anything tofu so this is perfect for me. What a scrumptious summer salad.

    1. i used to be into tofu anything; and then i ate way too much plain cold tofu seasoned with sesame oil and soy sauce. anyways, this is a really tasty way to have tofu, especially if you want to change it up!

  12. What an interesting combination of ingredients.

  13. There is most definitely something to be said about the culture of a working environment. It sounds like you have found a good fit for yourself…could it possibly transition to long term?? Also…love the simplicity of this recipe. πŸ™‚

    1. this is the most immersed i’ve ever been in a company (my other experiences have been remote or more hands off), but i’m really really liking it. fingers crossed that i can get something to work out!

  14. So awesome for your internship!! I’ve never used tofu in a sauce like this, but sounds like something I’d love! Nice and light and perfect for summer πŸ™‚ Happy Friday, Heather!

    1. it’s weird because you know the sauce is tofu and hearty and healthy, and then you taste it, and it’s actually nothing like you (okay, me when i first tried this) feared. but yes, so perfect for summer (:

  15. This is a truly amazing combination of ingredients, Heather! This is definitely a must during the hot summer days!

    1. thanks! i haven’t been cooking at all on weekdays, just prepping cold things, just like this salad (:

  16. Glad your enjoying your internship ! Love the flavor in this

  17. Damn those are so amazing perks at your internship! I have not seen a internship that provides free housing (unless you mean sleeping under your cubicle :P) Your tofu cream is facinating! I would have never have thought to make cream out of tofu but it makes so much sense! The creamy! (Oh and yes sadly, I probably watch as much youtube as you – I watch magic the gathering drafts and tournaments. -_- nerd.) haha πŸ™‚

    1. lol very glad that i don’t have to sleep under my desk! i can’t say that i watch any gaming things, though i do spend a ridiculous amount of time watching dance, cooking and asian american content.

  18. The perks of your internship sounds fantastic! I’ve never tried this combination of ingredients together before; it sounds so tasty! I need to try out making a tofu cream too.

    1. and what i love about this tofu cream (cooking in general) is that it’s so easy to make a small test batch if you’re scared. making 1 cupcake from a 12 cupcake recipe? just a little harder (;

  19. Oh man Vidcon sounds awesome, I am not overly familiar with it but I have seem Youtubers I follow on Instagram mention it before! And i feel you with wanting to plate your food nicely for good pictures, I am the same way. Almost anal about the whole thing lol

    1. i am so anal about it (and i can only see myself becoming more nitpicky as i grow more experienced in food styling lol). sometimes if i’m trying to style a meal and people are starving and complaining, i’ll set them up with the ugly bits and then disappear in peace with the good bits to style and photograph (:

  20. So I’ve heard of Vidcon, but I must admit that I got sucked into watching some cool YouTube channels over the weekend. If you’re a GoT fan, then check out Man at Arms: Reforged. They recreated Ned Stark’s sword “Ice”…and it’s pretty epic! And then Geek & Sundry. That one is pretty much right up my alley. I’m a geek at heart! Glad to hear the internship is going so well. Oh and this salad? Awesome! I’ve never heard of tofu cream, but it sounds quite fun!

    1. i’ve seen the pilot episode of got and the most reason season premiere. oops. i can keep most of the main characters straight and can say “WINTER IS COMING” without knowing what it means at all, but i think i need to fill in my knowledge gaps before binging on got youtube (;

  21. OOOOH , I love salads with fruits and veggies combined. This is a great way to use watermelon, too! I can practially taste it – YUM!

    1. i like fruit in well, everything! i even love the maligned fruit salad. the watermelon is so fresh and sweet in this salad (:

  22. What a fascinating melange of flavors! I bet next to the nectarine you can really tell that tomato is actually a fruit. The corn kernels are a brilliant summery addition, and the sauce/dressing sounds so intriguing!

    1. i like vegetables, but i really love fruit (yay tomatoes!!). and yes, the corn is so good for the summery element, even if you “cheat” and use frozen corn (i won’t tell!).

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