Sumac Tofu Quinoa and Cucumber Salsa


It’s been a rough past few days with the passing of Binky bunny, his partner Bella’s eye infection and his sister Buttons’ lip accident. They say bad things come in three right?

I’m not really sure how Buttons’ injury happened. Perhaps she bit her own lip, or her partner bit her (I don’t want to believe this as they are best friends), or she caught it on something, a splinter or a nail? Her top lip was hanging off when I saw her on Sunday night. I cleaned the area with an antibacterial hibiscus solution but by Monday morning at the vets, it was black with infection. They gave her a large injection of antibiotic and she went in yesterday morning to have the skin removed under sedation. She is home and recovering well now and is even back snuggling with her husband Bae.


In an attempt to maintain some normality at this strange time and to keep my mind occupied, I want to share with you a recipe that I’ve had stored away for a while. It is time to bring this beauty out of hiding. This is the ultimate summer meal. Flavour packed quinoa with citrussy, sumac tofu and a crisp and cool cucumber salsa.


I used a tofu sausage here, but firm tofu works or even tempeh or seitan. I use a low salt stock paste, but if you use high sodium stock remember to go easy on your seasoning as the miso is salty also.


Ingredients: Serves 2


  • 1/2 cucumber, diced
  • 1 large ripe tomato, diced
  • 1/2 red onion, finely diced
  • handful of fresh parsley (about 10g), chopped
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • Sea salt and cracked black pepper
  • chili flakes


  • 2 sticks of celery, finely diced
  • 1 medium carrot, finely diced
  • 1 medium leek, halved and thinly sliced
  • 80g/1/2 cup uncooked quinoa (try and buy fairtrade)
  • 2 tsp low sodium vegetable stock paste
  • 400ml/2 1/2 cups + 2tbsp water
  • 2 tsp miso paste
  • 150g/3/4 cup firm tofu or tofu sausage, pressed and cubed
  • 2 tsp sumac



  1. Make the salsa first so that the flavours can meld and intensify. Simply mix all the ingredients together really well, adding chilli flakes or fresh chili, a little salt and pepper, to taste. Cover and place to one side (not in the fridge!).
  2. Add the celery, carrot and leek to a large non stick frying pan over a medium heat. Stir for about 5 minutes then add the quinoa, stock and water. Cook for about 20 minutes, stirring occassionally until the water is absorbed and the quinoa softened. Stir through the miso and taste for seasoning.
  3. Whilst the quinoa is cooking, toss the tofu or sausage with 1 tsp of the sumac. Add to a cast iron skillet or non stick pan over a medium heat and cook, tossing and stirring until heated through and a little crisp.
  4. Serve the quinoa with the tofu and the leftover sumac scattered over. Give the salsa a final stir then pile on top.


Nutritional Benefits

Low in saturated fat
No cholesterol
High in manganese
High in magnesium
High in phosphorus
Very high in vitamin A
Very high in vitamin B6
High in vitamin C
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33 Responses to Sumac Tofu Quinoa and Cucumber Salsa

  1. hurriedvegan says:

    So sorry to hear about your bunny Binky. Get well soon to Bella and Buttons xx

  2. That looks delicious, but more importantly, my thoughts are with you and the furballs. My pup has been sick off and on for months and it’s honestly the worst.

    • Poppy says:

      Thank you so much for your thoughts and kind words. I’m sorry about your dog, what is wrong with him/her??

      • He’s got a skin disorder that is similar to an autoimmune disorder, so he flares up very randomly. We’ve learned to be VERY diligent about watching him and not letting it progress, but for awhile it was scarey!

      • Poppy says:

        Ah poor it Pemphigus?
        I bet that is hard for you guys to have the constant worry! I feel for you..

      • It’s actually Eyrathema Multiforme (spelling) — he’s doing REALLY well right now. Like the old pup . . . but you’re right we always have to be on the look out. We’re just thankful for every good day we have with him!

      • Poppy says:

        Ah that’s clinically very similar to pemphigus. Horriblle.
        Poor pup. Glad he’s doing great at the moment and yes, that’s a great attitude to have, enjoy eachother 😀

  3. laurasmess says:

    This looks wonderful Poppy. I’ve never seen a tofu sausage, but it looks delicious with the sumac crust! I echo the sad condolences for Blinky. I hope that Bella and Buttons will be back to health soon. Argh, it’s so hard when your animals are sick 😦 xx

  4. Carolyn says:

    Looks AMAZING! Yum.

  5. Sending much positive energy out your way. I have to pin this!

  6. lucylox says:

    Oh what a traumatic week. Hope the bunnies are all better soon. Gorgeous salad x

  7. I’m so sorry to hear that. Hope the rest of your bunny family stays healthy and happy. I lost my puppy 10 years ago and I knew how hard it was…

    I’m very inspired by your use of Sumac. I’m always looking for natural flavors to spice up my dishes to reduce our sodium intake. Now I will be on a hunt for that. Any suggestions where I can get it? I don’t remember seeing it in my local supermarket.

  8. Sumac + Quinoa = heaven! What a beautiful dish you’ve created my dear. So glad you shared this, thank you xx

  9. Janet Rörschåch says:

    To the best of my recollection I have never worked with sumac. Must source and see what it is all about. Thank you for posting.

  10. That looks great, I’m glad you decided to take it out of hiding.
    So sorry for the loss of Binky. I hope that there’s no more tragedy and the other two bunnies get well quickly.

  11. Hope the bunnies are ok!

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