Saturday, October 16, 2010

Vegan Caprese Salad

Caprese salad.... I actually got this idea from Dan's Good Side, a blog I recently found and LOVE! You should go check it out. He has some amazing food!


So I saw his post on vegan caprese and I said to myself, 'could it be? Something I love, veganized?' Yes. Yes, folks it's true. And Dan did a good job with it!
I did alter some things, as per usual, because what fun would it be if I left it the same? I'll answer that! None at all. And now there's another vegan caprese salad for everyone to enjoy. Oh, and it's super easy so that's a major bonus.

The veg group on The Holiday, as I have ever so rightly dubbed it, could not get enough of this salad. The carnivores, wait, the carnivore (singular) could not get enough of it. In fact, as I ever so selfishly ate the small amount of left overs last night. In front of him. He was totally hinting that he wanted some.


The scene: Honey, perched at the bar, looking at the left over caprese salad as my fork scoops a money bite extrordinaire. You know the kind. Honey's eyes follow the money bite as it travels precariously on my fork from the bowl directly into my mouth.
Honey: 'man, that salad was soooo good'.

Licks lips.

Me: 'yep... it was really good. It is really good. Mmmhmm'.

Chew, chew.

Licks lips. Eyes, never leaving the salad or my fork.

See, Honey never comes out and asks for a bite. With anything. He does this thing where he hints really hard. Thing is, that just makes me not want to give hime a bite even more. I blame it on post traumatic stress from growing up with a torturous older brother.

You would think Honey would have learned by now that all he has to do is ask. 

This salad is ridiculously easy, super tasty and surprising, to vegans and carnivores alike.

Thanks Dan, for the great idea!
Yield: About 6 servings

Need:
1 block extra firm tofu, cubed
4 Tablespoons white wine vinegar
3 Tablespoons lemon juice
2 Tablespoons dried oregano
2 Tablespoons GarLic it! jarred, marinated basil garlic (this stuff is awesome. The end.)
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
1/2 red onion, halved, then halved again and sliced
15-20 fresh basil leaves, julienned
Sea salt and fresh cracked pepper

Do:
Combine tofu, vinegar, lemon juice, oregano and GarLic it! in a sealable container. Ensure that tofu is evenly covered and let marinate at least 30 minutes. The longer you let it go the more mariante-y and delicious it will be.

While your tofu is in marination, combine tomatoes and onion in another bowl and toss with a little salt and pepper.

When tofu is ready, add it to the tomato and onion and then add the basil. Give it all a toss and you're ready to go.

Serve:
Eat it by itself or serve it with crusty bread and soup. It would also make a fun appetizer at a party. Think skewers.

Enjoy!

p.s. stay tuned for an awesome guest post by Lazaro over at Lazaro Cooks! He is one of my most favorite food bloggers and he has ever so graciously agreed to do a guest post for little old me. You lucky folks will get to read all about his amazingness while I fly across the country on my way to Italy. Lucky you!

p.p.s. I also have a review coming up. The fantastic folks over at Snack Taxi sent me their awesome reusable sandwich/snack bags to review. Um I love them! But that's not my official review. Official review coming soon, for sure!

8 comments:

  1. Tofu = SO much tastier than cheese! :)

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  2. what a great way to serve tofu!! I will have to try it with my girls!

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  3. Amber, yes! It was a great salad :)

    Chef Dennis, It's so easy and really good. I bet your girls would love it!!

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  4. Caprese salad is one of my favorites. I am not a vegan, but if were to suddently become one I do not think I would be able to live without caprese salad. This is a very smart alternative. It looks and sounds very tasty! :)

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  5. Simple, flavorful, and beautifully presented. I agree this is a lovely salad. Wishing you a wonderful trip.

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  6. Just joined your blog. Like what I see very much,

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  7. Marisa, vegan or not you should give it a try... it's different but so so good :) Caprese is amazing. One of the things I havea very hard time living without, for sure!

    Laz... thank you! It was super delish and very easy. We are almost on our way and I just sent you an email ;)

    Norma... thank you so much! I so appreciate that you are here. And thank you very much :)

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  8. I realize that I'm approximately 1 1/4 years last to the party here, just stumbled upon this randomly on google, but thank you for the shout out! :)

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