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Tofu and Sweet Potato Fries Shawarma Salad Bowl with Onion Ring Croutons

California weather never stops to amaze me! It is sunny outside (as usual) and it is little cold indoors (for a pleasant change). I think, partly, it is Sunny California's weather, and partly it is magic of Spring. Don't you think? Loving the Spring weather, full of colors and perfect time for foodies, like me, to get inspired. 

Even though this Salad Bowl screams Spring and outdoors! There is a long story behind it.

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It all started with my husband, Vishal's love for Greek Shawarma. Whenever he found a Greek eatery selling chicken shawarma, we ended-up eating out the very same night! He claims, he even used to eat shawarma in his home town, Delhi, India. However, I tasted it first time in States only and since then, I often make chicken shawarma, for Vishal, at home.

I always felt, Shawarma tastes so good yet vegetarians can't eat it. So, how about some Tofu Shawarma??

You like that? I know! I know!

Vishal discouraged me at even first thought of it! My meat-and-potato guy is never on-board for vegetarian stuff. I'm sure, you can relate, every home has few meat and potato lovers. :) I won't mind that as long as plate is proportionate and balanced with good amount of vegetables and fiber enriched foods. Thank God, potatoes are veggies... (though, I think guys don't know that! lol! )

No matter what Vishal said..... I decided to make Tofu Shawarma anyways. And here I'm, sharing a delicious and meatless Shawarma Salad Bowl with you all!

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You know my love for salads. My salad boat today, inspired from vibrant colors of Spring, sailed with tofu, Fries and Onion Rings and went for a Mediterranean all-vegetarian tour! Thus, brings to you, this rather guilt free, sophisticated, fiber full salad with sweet potato fries and tofu Greek shawarma, loaded with beautiful colors of Spring, spices, and crunch of onion rings! That much and it is still meatless!

A standard, Greek style chicken shawarma plate has chicken, pita bread, fries, and a side of Greek salad. I planned all these flavors for my salad bowl inspiration, but no chicken or meat, and ton of flavor!

Speaking of which, when we headed for our bi-weekly groceries to Walmart, I grabbed few packets of Alexia Sweet Potato Fries and Onion Rings with Panko Breading and Sea Salt to add some pizzazz to my vegetarian salad bowl. I wanted to show my husband that I can capture his love for meat in a "Vegetarian (healthy) Shawarma Bowl" with lots of Spring flavors and surprisingly pleasant twist of texture contrast: Onion rings serving as crunchy croutons; and Sweet Potatoes Fries giving sweetness and heartiness to spicy Tofu Shawarma!

This recipe proves that Healthy and Delicious can co-exist! Rest, pictures are telling the story :)

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Well... I still need to share with you the happy ending... I made Shawarma Fries Salad Bowl for Sunday Brunch and who finished it even before I did? You guessed it! Vishal! My tofu hater, vegetable-taste-like-grass claimer, finished everything in the bowl. I have to say, the sweetness of fries really complemented the spicy shawarma and taste was heavenly together. Plus the crunch of onion rings on top was like crunchy croutons (much more flavorful than simple croutons). These onion rings made every bite hearty and scrumptious! Tzatziki Sauce gave this salad Mediterranean flavors and creaminess. I hardly felt the need of cheese. Feel free to use some feta if you like (staple Greek cheese).

I wonder! Why would I ever use bread croutons for salads! Why not use crispy Onion Rings?! Which was the best decision!

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So, head over to your local store and grab Potato Fries and Onions Rings, then make this meatless, "Spring in a bowl" salad! All Meat-potato lovers in your family will love this! Promise!

Enough of me talking!!

You tell me! What are your favorite Spring Salads?

Have a great day!

Cheers!

Savita

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Tofu and Sweet Potato Fries Shawarma Salad Bowl with Onion Ring Croutons

Tofu and Sweet Potato Fries Shawarma Salad Bowl with Onion Ring Croutons
Total Time Prep Time Cook Time Difficulty Easy Yields 6 Servings Serves 6 Notes 4 substantial or 6 side servings.
Smart Swap You can also replace Tofu with (lean animal protein) - poultry (Turkey) or fish (Salmon).

Ingredients

    Tofu Shawarma Marinade
  • 570 Grams Tofu  (20 ounce Tofu, water drained and pressed in paper towel)
  • 1/4 Cup Olive Oil  
  • 3 Garlic  (cloves minced)
  • 1/2 tsp Oregano  
  • 1 tsp Cumin Powder  
  • 1 tsp Red Pepper Powder  (or paprika)
  • 2 tbsp Lemon  (juice)
  • 1/2 tsp Salt and Black Pepper  (1/4 tsp each, adjust per taste)
  • Greek Salad Bowl
  • 1 Cup Green Peas  (frozen, steamed or soaked in warm water, drain before using)
  • 1 Cherry Tomatoes  (pint, cherry or grape tomatoes, halved)
  • 2 tbsp Parsley  (fresh chopped)
  • 283 Grams Alexia Sweet Potato Fries  (with Sea Salt, 1/2 packet)
  • 382 Grams Alexia Onion Rings  (1 packet)
  • 1 Cucumber  (peeled, and sliced into half moons)
  • 170 Grams Spring Greens Mix  (1 packet or more per liking)
  • Tzatziki Sauce
  • 1 Cup Yogurt  (plain yogurt, or 2/3 cup Greek with 1/4 cup water)
  • 1 Cucumber  (peeled, and grated, water drained)
  • 1 Garlic  (clove, minced)
  • 1 tbsp Lemon  (juice)
  • 2 tbsp Dill Leaves  (fresh leaves, chopped)
  • Salt and Black Pepper  (adjust per taste)

Directions

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  • Step for Recipe - Tofu and Sweet Potato Fries Shawarma Salad Bowl with Onion Ring Croutons
    1. To make Tzatziki Sauce: In a wide bowl, take all tzatziki ingredients except salt and pepper. Whisk to mix everything together. Add black pepper per taste.
    Additional Notes
    You can always use Greek Yogurt for this sauce. But I ended up adding about 1/4 cup of water to get desired consistency. So, even plain creamy non-fat yogurt (with no added water) works okay for me!
    Step for Recipe - Tofu and Sweet Potato Fries Shawarma Salad Bowl with Onion Ring Croutons
    2. Cover and refrigerate Tzatziki Sauce. Add salt, just before using.
  • Step for Recipe - Tofu and Sweet Potato Fries Shawarma Salad Bowl with Onion Ring Croutons
    3. Preheat oven at 425 degree Fahrenheit. While oven is preheating, marinate tofu starting with mixing all Shawarma Ingredients in a wide bowl.
    Step for Recipe - Tofu and Sweet Potato Fries Shawarma Salad Bowl with Onion Ring Croutons
    4. Slice tofu into any desired size. I prefer thick french fries cut. Add to marinate and leave aside.
  • Step for Recipe - Tofu and Sweet Potato Fries Shawarma Salad Bowl with Onion Ring Croutons
    5. Bake Alexia Sweet Potato Fries: While tofu marinates, line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Arrange Alexia Fries in a single layer and bake for 10-12 minutes, until crispy, stirring halfway through cooking time.
    Additional Notes
    I have used half packet of Alexia Sweet Potato Fries with Sea Salt for Shawarma Tofu Fries Salad. You can also bake whole packet and serve remaining half, on side, with Taztziki sauce.
    Step for Recipe - Tofu and Sweet Potato Fries Shawarma Salad Bowl with Onion Ring Croutons
    6. Bake Alexia Onion Rings: Once fries are baked, remove fries in sheet lined with cooling rack. Lower the oven temperature to 400 degrees Fahrenheit to bake onion rings. Arrange onion rings in a single layer on 1 or 2 baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Step for Recipe - Tofu and Sweet Potato Fries Shawarma Salad Bowl with Onion Ring Croutons
    7. Bake onion rings for 15-18 minutes until crispy brown. Turn them once after 10 minutes of baking, then continue baking until crispy, about 5-8 minutes.
    Step for Recipe - Tofu and Sweet Potato Fries Shawarma Salad Bowl with Onion Ring Croutons
    8. Make Tofu Shawarma - Heat a wide saute pan, add marinated tofu and cook until crispy from all sides (about 2 minutes each side). Reserve any remaining marinating liquid. Add crispy Alexia Sweet Potato Fries and mix into the tofu shawarma. Remove from heat, add remaining marinate, coat well and set aside for flavors to marry.
  • Step for Recipe - Tofu and Sweet Potato Fries Shawarma Salad Bowl with Onion Ring Croutons
    9. Assemble and Serve: In individual bowls, Or in a wide, Party-style Salad Platter, arrange spring greens, cucumber, tomatoes, and green peas, then top with Tofu and Fries Shawarma, then finish with crispy onion rings and drizzle of fresh cooling taztziki sauce. Serve remaining fries, onion rings and sauce on the side to add use per personal preference! Enjoy!

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  1. Love love love your recipes, please do send me more....

    Sure, Nashina! and thank you so much for stopping by!
  2. WOW!!Its gorgeous presentation!I can finish off in no time :)

    thanks, Kushi!
  3. Such a delicious looking salad... it looks so Yummy and colorful and inviting to dig in :)

    Madhu, thanks my friend! I'm glad you like this salad.
  4. What a delicious yummy vegetarian take on Shawarma, Savita, I love all of your recipes and this bowl is making me hungry!

    Neeli, thanks :) I wish, I can pass you a plate right now, my friend :) Have a great day!
  5. You had me -- and I mean HAD ME -- at onion ring croutons. Genius!! :)

    Em, :) thanks for stopping by girl! Glad you like onion ring croutons :)
  6. Oh YUM! This looks delicious! I have never considered using Alexia Onion Rings as croutons, but I imagine they are super tasty. Thanks for sharing.#client

    Stephanie, thanks! I have to say, the crunch of Alexia Onions Rings made every bite of this salad whole lot interesting.
  7. Omg so much going on in this bowl!! I love flavors of shawarma so I know I am going to be eating this bowl every day! Looks so delicious!

    Ami, thanks a ton! I'm glad you like it.
  8. This looks like a big bowl of deliciousness. Look at all those colours!

    Dannii :) thanks my friend. Love your encouraging words. Don't they look like a bowl of Spring really?
  9. This looks amazing! I love the flavours - tasty!

    Jess, thanks :) I'm glad you like it.
  10. Something for me really ! Salad looks delicious..cool

    Jayashree, thanks dear :) Welcome to my salad club my friend!
  11. Beautiful and colourful salad bowl Savita. Love it. awesome idea of adding onion croutons in it. Super yummy :)

    Ritu, onion croutons were indeed very delicious! thanks for stopping by :)
  12. Wow, what an array of colours and flavours, always been a shawarma lover. ...but haven't tried a vegetarian version. ....gonna try it soon.

    Oh yeah! Nusrath, you are going to love vegetarian shawarma too!, I bet! Please do try!
  13. This looks mouthwatering Savita! What a brilliant idea to use onion rings as croutons! Love it! Pinned!

    Thanks, Manali! I'm glad you liked it. Also, thanks for the pin girl!
  14. OMG, I've been wanting to try Shawarma ever since it was mentioned on The Avengers, haha!! Gotta try this!

    Gingi, thanks! haha it's amazing how movies always inspire us :) Bet is Shawarma or many things else :) Have a great day my friend!
  15. Onion rings as croutons is genius! Love this!

    thanks, Olivia! I'm glad you like it.
  16. What a gorgeous salad bowl, Savita. You salad boat looks perfectly delightful. Loved the addition of onion croutons! :)

    Anu, thanks :) Trust me, onion croutons were my favorite part too. I want some more salads with onion ring croutons now! Have a lovely day my friend!
  17. What a creative salad! It looks so colorful and I bet it's a very satisfying meal!

    it sure was a delicious and satisfactory meal! Keri, thanks my friend :)