We had this magnificent salad last week for dinner. Fresh spinach, marinated and grilled red onions, a bit of bacon (optional for your vegetarian and pescetarian (have you heard this new term?) friends), and, drum roll please...
Now stick with me here. I am not a tofu-nut, although I am quickly learning to appreciate its versatility and healthfulness. I tried grilling tofu so I could cross it off my list, as a "tried it, let's move on" cooking experience. Little did I know how tasty grilled tofu can be. It was yummy, SPH liked it (!) and the Sweet Peas ate it up. It also just looked nice:
Here's the recipe I created, I really hope you will give it a try. Look at it this way, tofu is so inexpensive, you don't have that much to lose.
Grilled Tofu Sesame Salad
1 block of extra firm tofu, drained, sliced three times lengthwise and pressed between two towel to get rid of the extra moisture
1 large red onion
10 ounces of organic baby spinach
4 slices of bacon cooked and crumbled
2 T sesame seeds
Marinade (for the onions and tofu):
1/2 c low sodium soy sauce
1 T toasted sesame oil
1 T brown sugar
1 T fresh ginger, minced
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 t hot pepper flakes
1 T sesame oil
1 T soy sauce
2 T fresh lemon juice
2 T honey
Mix the marinade together and place in a 9x13 glass pan. Marinate the tofu and onions for about 15 minutes, turning the tofu to coat about 3-4 times during the 15 minutes. In a preheated and oiled grill pan (or alternatively, on a grill), cook the onions and tofu, for about 4-5 minutes per side, or until both things have a good "browning." Mix the salad dressing and prepare the salad bowls...Toss the spinach and bacon together. Once the tofu and onions are cooked, give them a rough chop and toss them in the bowls. Top with dressing and sesame seeds.