Old Town Salad


On our trip to Santa Barbara a few months ago, I tried a super delicious salad. Different than my normal, boring fare, I wanted to recreate it at home. I named it after the salad I had at the Natural Café in Santa Barbara. Filled with grains, protein, loads of veggies and a thick, creamy dressing – makes for a very filling salad.


Old Town Salad (serves 1 very large salad)

4 oz of tofu, cubed

1 tsp of coconut oil

2 small carrots, shredded (I used heirloom for pretty colours)

a generous handful of cherry tomatoes

1/2 cup of cooked rice (I had leftover pink rice)

1/2 an avocado mashed with lime juice

2 large handfuls of greens, torn into bite-sized pieces

Heat a wok on the stove and sautée the tofu in the coconut oil for 2-3 minutes on one side, then turn and sautée another 2-3 minutes until heated all the way through. While your tofu cooks, shred your carrots, and prep your guac and other veggies. Layer your lettuce on a plate and layer on your veggies.


I just simply drizzled a bit of plain tahini on as a dressing. Yum!


9 thoughts on “Old Town Salad

  1. It does look really yummy! I’ll make sure to add this place to my list for October (or maybe it already was?). In the meanwhile, I’ll make this colourful meal at home!

    1. I didn’t find a ton of vegan food in Santa Barbara – this place is a gem. Oooh and the vegan-friendly pizza place! I’m sure Carrie can give you some good tips too =)

  2. I am a big fan of adding grains, avocado and tofu to my salads too. I love the blend of textures in this salad. Yum! Thank you for sharing your healthy and delectable Old Town Salad with us on the Plant-Based Potluck Party Link Up. I’m pinning and sharing.

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