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Warm Broccoli & Tofu Salad | Gestational Diabetes Recipes

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Warm Broccoli & Tofu Salad

Warm Broccoli & Tofu Salad

Servings: 2 people

Sometimes I get carried away editing recipes, rounding up Lego, rinsing the lint filter in our washing machine, daydreaming about what to cook next. And I forget to each lunch. I’ll suddenly look up and realise my son is about to wake and it’s 2.30pm! Provided you have the ingredients on hand, this salad takes about 6.5 minutes to prepare. It’s a gestational diabetes friendly favourite for me and I honestly eat it several times a week. I interchange the tofu with tuna/ pink salmon or even cheese. See what you think. (Main carbohydrate containing ingredients are listed in bold.)


  • 1 small head broccoli, cut into bite-sized florets
  • 1 zucchini, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 250g / 8 ounces firm tofu, cubed, lightly pan-fried (or steamed)
  • 75g / 2.5 ounces corn niblets
  • 1 small can tuna in springwater, drained (optional)
  • ½ avocado, cubed or sliced
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds to serve

Dressing (thoroughly combine the following)

  • Juice of 1 small lemon
  • 1 tablespoon miso paste (light or dark)
  • 2 tablespoons natural yogurt
  • A dash or warm water if dressing needs thinning

Lightly steam or boil broccoli and zucchini and set aside.

Lightly pan-fry tofu until slightly crisp. (Alternatively you could steam it.)

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Toss well with half of dressing. Divide between bowls and drizzle with remaining dressing. Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds.

Variations: Add some halved cherry tomatoes.

Post GDM-suggestion: Add 1 teaspoon of honey and/or tahini to the dressing. And replace tuna with smoked salmon.

  • Alice Peel says:

    Hey Lisa – I am about to make this now – everything is cut up and ready – am I meant to eat it all raw? Or should I steam up the veggies and tofu first?

    • Lisa says:

      Alice! Thank you for being my extra set of eyes. I must have been either half asleep or multitasking when I posted that recipe. I totally forgot to add the instructions. So yes! I steam the broccoli and zucchini and lightly pan-fry the tofu. But raw would be great for a detox salad. Thanks for the comment :)

  • Yo says:

    Whizzing to the supermarket on the way home just so I can make this delicious looking dish. have a hankering for toasted sesame seeds ;)

  • Babybee says:

    Thanks for the amazing site and work at 29 week just found i have GDM ..worried and anxious ,ive been on insulin shots its been 5 days and seem cant get the dose right although doc increased the units by 2 for each shot
    Somehow my post meal levels shoot up out of range still up ftom 86/100 to 200!! Hopeful to get ghings right soon do all GFm mommies are induced /c sec deliver by 38?

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