Maui Slaw and Tofu Sweet Potato Rice

For this week’s Care2 recipe, I’d like to share two recipes from Linda Acosta, the Assistant Manager of the HeartMath Kitchen. These are two delightful, vegetarian recipes!



Linda says, “I like to do new recipes from what is in a kitchen’s refrigerator. That is what happened with the Maui Slaw. I was invited to a friend’s house in Maui this past year — the ingredients of the salad were in her refrigerator and on the fruit trees in her yard. That is also what happened with the Tofu Rice Salad with Sweet Potatoes, we were exploring different ways to cook tofu in the HeartMath kitchen and all the ingredients were in the refrigerator or freezer. I love creating recipes in the moment.”



Maui Slaw

Napa cabbage serves as a base for this refreshing and beautiful coleslaw. The subtle taste of onion in the dressing gives a great contrast to the fruitiness of the papaya and strawberries. Yum!!

8 cups  Napa cabbage, cut in 1” squares
1 cup  snap peas, cut in thirds
½  cup sweet onion, thinly sliced half circles
1 cup Daikon sprouts, or use whatever type of sprouts you can find.
1 ½ cups strawberries, sliced
2 cups papaya, peeled, de-seeded and cut in bite-sized pieces

½ cup olive oil
2 tablespoons pomegranate juice, unsweetened
1 tablespoon sweet onion, grated
½ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon agave syrup

  • Combine all dressing ingredients, except oil, in a bowl. Slowly drizzle in the oil as you whisk.
  • Toss cabbage, snap peas, onions and sprouts in a bowl. Toss fruit in a separate bowl with the dressing and set aside.
  • Toss all together in a bigger bowl, about 45 minutes before you plan to serve the salad.

Serves: 6-8

Cooking time: 25 minutes

Up Next – Tofu Sweet Potato Rice

Tofu Sweet Potato Rice


Tofu Rice Salad with Sweet Potatoes

This salad has great texture and wonderful flavor, with just a hint of sweetness from the sweet potatos and teriyaki sauce.  It’s a whole meal in a bowl!!

3 ½ cups cooked short grain brown rice
½ lb.  firm tofu, cut in 1” cubes
1 ½ cups sweet potatos, cut in 1” cubes
¾ cup snap peas or snow peas, thinly sliced
2 single green onions, thinly sliced
4 tablespoons bottled teriyaki sauce, (we use Trader Joe’s brand)
4 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted

¼ cup olive oil
1 tablespoon raspberry vinegar
¼ teaspoon curry powder
½ teaspoon granulated onion
1 teaspoon agave syrup
½ teaspoon sea salt

  • In a small oiled baking pan, toss tofu cubes with teriyaki sauce. Bake @350◦ for 10 minutes.
  • In a steamer cook the sweet potatos until just soft (avoid cooking them too long or they will break down in the salad.)
  • In a medium bowl toss together the cooked rice, sweet potatos, tofu, snap peas, green onions and pine nuts. Set aside.
  • Make dressing with a whisk or with a mixer. Pour dressing over rice mixture and toss gently until everything is well coated. This salad can be served at room temperature or heated slightly.

Serves: 4-6
Cooking time: 1 hour


Sonia M

Thanks for sharing

Elisa F.
Elisa F5 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Debbie Crowe
Debbie Crowe7 years ago

The Maui Slaw sounds really good. I'm not sure where to find Daikon sprouts. I will have to look around for them.

Thanks for the recipes.

Eternal Gardener
Eternal Gardener7 years ago

Eh no thank you!

Darlene B.
Darlene W7 years ago

Yummy------got to try those, sound delicioussa. Bless you all.

Corrie Kat
Corrie Kat7 years ago

sounds delish! looks even better! oh man now i'm hungry! lol thanks!

Parvez Zuberi
Parvez Zuberi7 years ago

thanks for the recipes will certainly try looks good

Joan Mcallister
7 years ago

Must try these though I have no idea what Daikon sprouts are.

Cherry M.
Cherry M7 years ago

Wow, must try these. Thanks!

Lynn C.
Past Member 7 years ago

Sound good. Aren't the Islands wonderful. Just go out to the papaya tree and pick one fresh!