Spicy Tofu Wraps with Citrus Tahini Dressing

Spicy Tofu Wraps with Citrus Tahini Dressing

These spicy tofu wraps with citrus tahini dressing just might be the solution to all your lunchtime woes…

Lunch is sometimes a problem, do you get me?  Like, breakfast is a no-brainer (good thing at 5:45am!) and dinner… well, I usually have some idea of what I’m going to cook.  But lunch… it’s usually the meal where I wind up standing in front of the open fridge and just hoping for inspiration.  Anybody relate?

Spicy Tofu Wraps with Citrus Tahini Dressing

But finally, I’ve been making this spicy tofu that can easily be wrapped up with a citrus-y, garlicky, creamy tahini sauce to create the perfect lunchtime sandwich.  All of these components can be made ahead and used together, by themselves, or paired up with other things.  But in any case, this one little recipe can keep you going throughout the week and beyond.

Spicy Tofu Wraps with Citrus Tahini Dressing

I know some people are scared of tofu, and that’s ok.  This is an easy recipe to try it out, because the tofu is highly seasoned and mixed with other things.  Such a gentle way to begin your tofu-eating career!  (But if you really must, you can also use chicken breast in place of the tofu & I won’t judge you.)

Dry your tofu between layers of kitchen towel. Press it with something heavy like cutting boards

Dry your tofu between layers of kitchen towels (linen, not paper.) Press it with something heavy like cutting boards

The key to really good tofu is first, select the proper type… it comes in all consistencies from silken (perfect for smoothie bowls) to extra-firm (what you want for this recipe.)  Second of all, get all the extra water out of it!  Tofu is kind of like a sponge… in order to soak up the yummy marinade, you’ve got to squeeze it first.  The best way to do this is by slicing it in half, wrapping it between layers of kitchen towels, and stacking some cutting boards on top.  You could also use a tofu press, but to me that’s just one more piece of kitchen equipment.

Spicy Tofu Wraps with Citrus Tahini Dressing

Once your tofu is pressed (which takes about 20 minutes, just enough time for you to make your tahini sauce & assemble your other ingredients), everything comes together very quickly.  The marinade is simple, using only 5 ingredients, and the tofu bakes in just 15-20 minutes.

Spicy Tofu Wraps with Citrus Tahini Dressing

Don’t forget the citrus tahini sauce!  This easy dressing takes only 5 minutes to whip up and will become a mainstay in your fridge.  Not only does it take your wrap to the next level, it’s amazing on veggie burgers, any grilled meat or fish, and as a salad dressing.  How’s that for versatile?

Is it lunchtime yet?

Spicy Tofu Wraps with Citrus Tahini Dressing

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Serving Size: 1 wrap

Spicy Tofu Wraps with Citrus Tahini Dressing

Ingredients

    For the tofu:
  • 2 packs (300 gm/10 oz each) extra firm tofu, drained
  • 1 T. chili garlic sauce
  • 1 T. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 T. lower-sodium soy sauce
  • ½ T. tahini
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
    For the Citrus Tahini Sauce:
  • Juice from one lemon
  • Juice from ½ a tangerine or clementine orange
  • 2 t. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 T. maple syrup
  • 1 small clove garlic, crushed
  • ¼ cup tahini
  • ¼ t. sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
    To assemble the wraps:
  • 4 large flour (can sub gluten-free) tortillas
  • lettuce leaves

Instructions

    For the tofu:
  • Press the extra water out of the tofu by slicing it in half lengthwise, then setting each piece on an absorbent kitchen towel. Wrap the towel around the tofu, then set a flat cutting board on top, followed by something relatively heavy, like another cutting board.
  • Let stand about 20 minutes while you prepare the rest of the ingredients and the sauce.
  • Preheat the oven to 200C (400F.)
  • Unwrap the tofu and cut into cubes.
  • Mix all the marinade ingredients together, and toss with the tofu cubes.
  • Spread on a lightly oiled baking sheet, and bake for 15-20 minutes or until browned on the edges & bottom.
    For the Citrus Tahini Sauce:
  • Combine all ingredients in a small food processor or Nutribullet.
  • Process until smooth & creamy. (You may need to add a tablespoon of water next time you use it as it thickens as it sets.)
    To assemble the wraps:
  • Line each tortilla with lettuce.
  • Place several tofu cubes down the middle and drizzle with sauce.
  • Roll up and enjoy!

Notes

If you don't have a small food processor or NutriBullet, you can also just whisk the sauce ingredients together.

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Comments

  1. Sara Lwin says

    I LOVE THIS POST!!! You find a way to put humor in everything! I was smiling throughout the whole post. My favorite sentence was, “But lunch… it’s usually the meal where I wind up standing in front of the open fridge and just hoping for inspiration” and, “just might be the solution to all your lunchtime woes…” I feel like you are actually talking to your readers. And yes, I do relate (From, “Anybody relate?”). Keep writing AMAZING posts!

    • says

      Dearest Sara, your comments just warm my heart & make me smile!!! Thank you for always taking the time to read my posts & make thoughtful & specific comments… it means soooo much to me!! I always feel so encouraged by your words. 🙂 xoxox

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