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Grilled Tofu Panzanella Salad

This grilled tofu panzanella salad makes the perfect healthy and fresh dish! Loaded with grilled tofu, tomatoes, cucumbers and more! 

Grilled Tofu Panzanella Salad

Panzanella is one of my favorite salads. I love the juicy tomatoes using garden fresh tomatoes, onions, cucumbers and a homemade vinaigrette dressing. It also is typically made with crisp chunks of bread. Whenever I make this or someone I know makes it, I cannot stop eating it. It is full of flavor and is a perfect meal or side dish.

Grilled Tofu Panzanella Salad

This time, I got the idea to swap tofu for the bread. The way that I make tofu gets it very crispy and a perfect swap. Having tofu instead of bread will reduce the amount of carbohydrates and increase the protein content and make it more of a complete meal. If you want, you can still add the bread in addition to the tofu as well.

Grilled Tofu
Until about a year ago or so, I never really made tofu. I had tried it once or twice but hated the texture. That is until I learned certain methods that made it taste great and have a crisp texture that I loved.

Grilled Tofu Panzanella Salad
I always start by pressing my tofu to get the water out. I do not have a tofu press so this usually just includes draining it, pressing it with some paper towels and letting it sit out for 1/2 an hour or so. The drier that the tofu is, the more I like it. Then, I cut the tofu into small cubes. In the cold weather months, I cook my tofu in the oven. In the summer, I cook it on the grill.

Grilled Tofu Panzanella Salad
After cubing the tofu, I toss in olive oil and spices. In the oven, I continue to cook and flip the tofu until crisp. On the grill, I cook the tofu chunks on a grill mat and cook until crispy. When I thought up the idea of the tofu panzanella salad, I couldn't think of anything else until I made it. How had I never thought of this before? The recipe turned out just as good as I imagined and I had to share it with all of you!

Grilled Tofu Panzanella Salad
Grilled Tofu Panzanella Salad
Ingredients:
1 package Nasoya extra firm tofu
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 large tomatoes, chopped
1 cucumber, chopped
1 bell pepper, diced
1/2 cup raw green beans, chopped
1/2 onion, sliced
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 cup thinly sliced basil
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon dried (or fresh) basil

Directions:
1. Press tofu and get out as much water as possible.
2. Cut tofu into bite sized cubes and toss in 1 tablespoon olive oil.
3. Grill until tofu is crispy on all sides.
4. Meanwhile, combine all ingredients except tofu and stir well.
5. Once tofu is cooked, right before serving, toss with grilled tofu.

Grilled Tofu Panzanella Salad
Serve immediately and enjoy! I served this to my husband and sister and they both loved it! My husband had seconds and even took some to work the next day. It served well as leftovers.

Grilled Tofu
I made this recipe using my favorite tofu by Nasoya. It turned out awesome and I would definitely make it again. Nasoya has some new products called TofuBaked which are preseasoned and cooked tofu. Some of the flavors include teriyaki, sesame ginger and chipotle! I look forward to using these in stir-fries and in Mexican-style dishes.

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30 comments:

  1. I love it in miso soup & Japanese curry.

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  2. Marinated baked tofu in rice bowls!

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  3. I have never cooked with tofu but I have had it in a Vietnamese Noodle Bowl at a local restaurant and it was great. I would love to make recipes using tofu at home such as this Grilled Tofu Panzanella Salad.

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  4. Chris - @nylonlover69 on IG/TwitterSeptember 11, 2015 at 12:05 PM

    My favorite way to use tofu? Take it out of the package and throw it in the trash and get some chicken out. Just kidding. We don't use it at our house.

    Do you have a favorite/go to vinaigrette recipe? I was at Busch's in Plymouth a few weeks back and they had house made blueberry and apple cider vinaigrette dressings on their lunch bar and I was sad to find out that it wasn't for sale.

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  5. I love to fry the tofu and eat it with peanute satay sauce, I love to pan sear it for Pad Thai, I also fry it and add general tso sauce and eat it with rice!

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  6. I heart tofu in pad thai.

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  7. I like to have my tofu with turmeric and scrambled with vegetables.
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  8. I love tofu in all kinds of ways. For savory foods, I like it pan fried with noodles, vegetables, and peanut sauce. For sweet, I like to take silken tofu and put it in the food processor with melted chocolate chips and then poured into a graham cracker crust. It's easy to make and no one can tell it's tofu!

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  9. I love using tofu to make Vegan Chocolate Mousse. It's so delicious!

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  10. I freeze, then bake tofu a lot. I love it with a peanut sauce, but I toss it into a stirfry or pasta dish often, too.

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  11. I love tofu in a korean bean paste soup.

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  12. I love breading it with panko crumbs and then putting them on my salads!

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  13. I like to make stir fry with it.

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  14. Our favorite way to use tofu is deep-fried.

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  15. I like making an eggplant stir fry with it.

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  16. I like scrambled tofu doesn't have turmeric in it!

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  17. I like to grill it and put it in salads or taco bowls.

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  18. I like tofu scrambles and tofu works great when blended for vegan dessert recipes like pumpkin pie.

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  19. forgot this: alterna7 at hotmail dot com

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  20. I've never had it before, but I hear it's so good!

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  21. i love using it in a pesto pasta dish.

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  22. I make a silken chocolate pie with it


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