Excerpted from The 30-Day Vegan Challenge by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau. Copyright © 2011 by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau. Excerpted by permission of Ballantine Books, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

8 to 10 servings

A beautifully colored dish, this can be served as a side dish or a main.

1 small head green cabbage, shredded
1/2 large or 1 small head red cabbage, shredded
1 cup shredded carrot
1 red onion, thinly sliced
1/2 cup chopped green onion
1 cup roasted, unsalted peanuts
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or more if you like it spicy
1 to 2 teaspoons black sesame seeds, toasted optional
1/2 cup chopped parsley or cilantro
16 ounces extra- or super-firm tofu, cubed and sautéed in sesame oil

1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 to 1/2 cup seasoned rice vinegar
3 tablespoons maple syrup
2 tablespoons minced ginger
2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil (optional)
2 teaspoons garlic, minced

1. Combine the cabbages, carrot, red onion, green onion, peanuts, red pepper flakes, sesame seeds, parsley or cilantro, and tofu in a large bowl.

2. In a medium-size bowl, thoroughly combine the vinaigrette ingredients, and combine this mixture with the veggies. Stir well and serve. (Because the salad can get soggy if it sits in the dressing overnight, if you plan on preparing it in advance, keep the salad ingredients separate from the dressing until about an hour before ready to serve.)

Variation: You can leave out the tofu if you want, since this delicious salad is perfect on its own, but adding tofu (sautéed in sesame oil) will add additional flavor and texture.

Note: Salad is wheat-free and soy-free without tofu.

Take a side trip into the world of real Mexican food with Roberto Santibañez this week. A native of Mexico City, Roberto has been spreading the authentic Mexican gospel to the New York City area for years. This recipe embraces everything we have coming out of our ears right now: zucchini, corn, and tomatoes.