Kale Tofu Glory Bowl (Gluten-Free)

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Kale Tofu Glory Bowl

I have been wanting to make the Kale Tofu Glory Bowl recipe from Whitewater Cooks for absolute ages – I have no idea what took me so long! I decided that today was the day. Ok, I lie. I wrote that part Monday: a week ago when I actually made it – let’s just say it’s been one of those weeks! I was craving a kale salad after eating the most delicious one at Azzurra restaurant in Collingwood (if you live in the area or are visiting, this restaurant is a MUST).  As such I made a few adaptations of my own here.

Kale Tofu Glory Bowl ingredients

I reduced the rice quantity, used kale instead of spinach and a wild and ambrosia rice mixture instead of brown rice, but you can use what you like, it’s all ridiculously healthy! There is no sense in messing with the salad dressing recipe (other than a bit less oil), it is pure perfection. If you are completely avoiding gluten make sure that you use a gluten-free version of your soy sauce. And in case you are wondering, don’t even try to leave out the nutritional yeast flakes. It adds so much to the dressing including a great source of vegetarian protein and B Vitamins. If you don’t want to make this dressing the closest I have tasted is the Little Creek dressing made right here in Kelowna. It’s amazing!

spoonful of nutritional yeast flakes

Fun fact: The concept of Meatless Monday is not new. During World War I, the U.S. Food Administration urged families to reduce consumption of key staples to aid the war effort with the introduction of Meatless Monday.  It worked.  Thanks to a gentleman named Sid Lerner, the campaign was revived in 2003 to help save the planet and our health.  Nice work Sid.

Kale Tofu Glory Bowl


Kale Tofu Glory Bowl

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 bowls


Salad Dressing:

  • 2 Tbps. soy sauce use a gluten-free version if you are intolerant
  • 2 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon tahini paste
  • 1/3 cup nutritional yeast flakes found in natural foods stores
  • 2 tablespoon water
  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil

Salad Ingredients:

  • 3 cups cooked wild and ambrosia rice OR brown rice
  • 1 cup grated beets
  • 1 cup grated carrots
  • 3 cups kale finely chopped and massaged*
  • 1 cup almonds toasted and coarsely chopped
  • 1 package of firm tofu cut into cubes


Salad Dressing Directions:

  1. Add the soy sauce, vinegar, tahini paste, yeast flakes, water and garlic to the blender and mix until smooth.
  2. While the blender is running, add the oil in a steady stream. Can be made ahead and refrigerated.

Salad Directions:

  1. Prepare rice and set aside.
  2. Place tofu cubes in a shallow dish and pour 1/4 of the dressing over to marinade while preparing the vegetables.
  3. Sauté tofu cubes in a skillet on medium heat with the dressing (for about 5 minutes).
  4. To assemble the bowls, place cooked rice into 4 bowls, top with beets, carrots, kale, almonds, and sautéed tofu cubes
  5. Drizzle bowls with the dressing and devour!


Kale Tofu Glory Bowl

*Kale has a naturally bitter taste: ensure that you de-vein your kale well, drizzle with a tablespoon of oil and a pinch of salt and massage it with your fingers for a minute to help remove the bitterness. Talk about a high-maintenance vegetable!

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7 Comments on “Kale Tofu Glory Bowl (Gluten-Free)”

  1. Debbie Rolls

    Sorry the soy sauce has wheat and so it is not gluten free. UNLESS you buy the wheat free soy sauce which should be specified. Some people don’t know that ordinary soy sauce has wheat in the process.

    1. Tori Wesszer

      Thank you for the comment and you are absolutely right – I meant to put that in there, but looking back I didn’t include it! I have made the adaptation, thanks again!

  2. Lana

    Thank you for this delicious recipe. It’s my first time making a Glory Bowl and I loved it! Now that my teenage daughter has decided to be vegetarian, I’ll be making this often!

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