1 pound thin asparagus
1 box (12.3 ounces) firm tofu
2 cups spinach, cut in strips
4 cups Napa cabbage, cut in strips
1 cucumber, peeled, seeded and finely diced
4 scallions, thinly sliced
1 radish, cut into matchsticks
1 tablespoon black or white toasted sesame seeds
1 garlic clove
4 tablespoons peanut oil
2 tablespoons rice vinegar, or to taste
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
½ jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely minced
1 tablespoon peanut butter, tahini or cashew butter
6 mint leaves, finely chopped
2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
2 tablespoons basil, slivered
Snap the lower ends off the asparagus and discard. Leave tops whole or slice diagonally; wash in cold water.Bring a skillet of salted water to a boil; add asparagus and simmer until barely limp and tender, about 4 minutes. Drain and set on a clean towel. Slide tofu out of its container, blot off water and cut into 1/2-inch cubes. Arrange vegetables and tofu on a platter and sprinkle with sesame seeds and dressing. Toss at the table.
Mash garlic in a mortar; gradually add remaining ingredients and work together to make a thick sauce.
Per serving (3 cups): 282 calories, 61% fat (19 g), 20% carbohydrate, 19% protein, 6 g fiber, 4.5 mg iron, 201 mg. calcium, 306 mcg folate.