Coronation Tofu Salad Sandwiches

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Open sandwich on a board, topped with coronation tofu salad and sliced tomato.

A few years back, I was obsessed with chickpea salad sandwiches – basically a vegetarian version of chicken salad sandwiches. But now I have a new favourite: tofu salad sandwiches!

(wow, ‘salad sandwiches’ three times in the first two sentences. That must be a record)

Collage showing grated tofu before and after cooking in a frying pan

Grated tofu salad!

These tofu salad sandwiches (sorry) are made with grated tofu, which gives the salad a really lovely texture that’s not too tofu-ish, if that makes sense. My husband doesn’t actually like tofu, but he really enjoyed these – you don’t have to chew your way through a big lump of the stuff, but instead it just gives a great base for all kinds of flavours.

All you need to do is drain the block of tofu, grate it with an ordinary cheese grater, then cook it in a pan for a few minutes to help it to firm up. I didn’t even bother pressing the tofu first – cooking it in the pan is enough to get rid of any excess liquid.

You don’t want the tofu to become overly browned or crispy, just slightly drier and firmer. Then you can add whatever additional flavours you like (tofu on its own is super tasteless). I’ll definitely be experimenting with this technique again with different flavour combinations, but this time I went for a classic – coronation tofu!

Bowl of coronation tofu salad, with a tomato sandwich in the background

What is coronation tofu?!

Okay, so coronation tofu isn’t actually a thing, but coronation chicken is! It’s chicken in a creamy curry sauce – a classic British salad that was invented for the Queen’s coronation in 1953 (and if it’s good enough for the Queen, it’s good enough for me). As with a lot of post-war British recipes, it’s really simple, with just a few ingredients, but it still has a huge amount of flavour.

Unsurprisingly, coronation tofu is the same, but with tofu instead of chicken! Along with the grated tofu, there’s also spring onions, fresh coriander (cilantro), a few raisins, a dollop of mayo, and some curry powder.

I know it sounds like an odd combination. But it really works.

Open sandwich topped with coronation tofu salad, shot from above

A great make-ahead packed lunch

This coronation tofu would be a great dish to make for packed lunches (is it really nearly September?!). The recipe below only makes two sandwiches, but I wish I’d made twice as much, as it was so good! So feel free to double or triple the recipe to make a bigger batch. It will happily keep for a few days in the fridge, so you can use it for lunches throughout the week – just assemble your sandwich in the morning and pop it in your lunchbox (or even serve the coronation tofu on its own in a little tub, if you’re not a big bread person!).

Open sandwich on a board, topped with tomato slices and coronation tofu salad

I still have half a block of tofu in the fridge, so I’ll be making at least one more batch of tofu salad sandwiches – maybe with pesto, or something a bit spicy?

Sandwich on a board, filled with tomato slices and coronation tofu salad

Coronation tofu salad sandwiches

An easy make-ahead lunchbox idea, inspired by the classic British dish coronation chicken. With grated tofu and a creamy curried sauce, this simple dish is full of flavour!

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Cooling time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2 sandwiches
Calories: 350kcal
Author: Becca Heyes


For the coronation tofu salad:

  • 200 g (~ 7 oz) firm tofu, drained
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 spring onion, chopped
  • Few sprigs fresh coriander (cilantro), chopped
  • 1/2 tbsp raisins or sultanas
  • 1 tbsp mayonnaise (or vegan mayonnaise)
  • 1/2 tsp mild curry powder
  • Salt
  • Black pepper

To assemble:

  • 4 slices bread
  • Small handful salad leaves
  • 1 large tomato, sliced


  • Grate the block of tofu using the large holes on a standard cheese grater. Heat a dash of oil in a frying pan, and add the grated tofu. Cook over a medium heat for around 5 minutes, stirring regularly. You don’t want the tofu to become overly browned or crispy, just to firm up and turn a light golden colour. When cooked, set aside to cool.
  • Add the cooled tofu to a bowl, along with the remaining coronation tofu ingredients. Mix well to combine. The tofu salad will keep well in the fridge for 3 days.
  • When ready, assemble the sandwiches with salad leaves and slices of tomato, topped with the coronation tofu.


Feel free to double or triple the recipe if you’d like to make a big batch to see you through the week!


Nutrition Facts
Coronation tofu salad sandwiches
Amount Per Serving (1 sandwich)
Calories 350 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 2.6g13%
Cholesterol 2mg1%
Sodium 477mg20%
Potassium 466mg13%
Carbohydrates 36.7g12%
Fiber 6.6g26%
Sugar 7.5g8%
Protein 18g36%
Calcium 220mg22%
Iron 4.1mg23%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutritional information is approximate, and will depend on your exact ingredients. Please calculate your own nutritional values if you require accuracy for health reasons.

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Note: Nutritional information is approximate, and will depend on exactly what ingredients you choose. Information above is for 1 sandwich (1/2 the recipe).

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  1. That is brilliant! Don’t know why I’ve never thought to grate it. I’ve been looking for a tofu salad recipe like Whole Foods for ages, but haven’t found one exactly. This sounds like a great second. I have some super firm tofu in my fridge now – I think it’s asking for this.

  2. Love the method of grating it first for a more palatable texture. It makes so much sense now youve suggested it. will be giving it a try5 stars

  3. This coronation tofu would be a great dish to make for packed lunches. The original recipe calls for “white bloomer bread”; bloomer is a generic term for an oblong loaf of dense white bread, favored for making summer puddings