Tofu Caprese Bites

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A nice kitchen garden has been a dream ever since I started writing recipes actively. I finally have a flourishing basil plant which I love watering early in the morning. My new plant and some tofu in the fridge gave me the idea of putting together a simple Caprese Salad. I love the fact that this salad celebrates the aromatic basil like no other dish! It’s fresh, raw and ever so fragrant!

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I made them bite sized, so it could be served as a side or as a salad! Look at them! Don’t you want to eat them right away! Clean flavors, quick to put together. You can go crazy with variations.

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Prep time: 10 mins

Cook time: 0 mins

Total time: 10 mins

Salad with tofu, cherry tomatoes, onion and fresh basil in a balsamic vinaigrette.

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Author: Nand

Recipe type: Salad, Side

Cuisine: Italian Inspired

Serving Size: 2

Ingredients

  • Onion, sliced – 1/2 cup
  • Cherry tomatoes – 1/2 cup
  • Black olives – 1/2 cup
  • Tofu, cubed – 80 gms
  • Fresh Basil leaves – 1/4 cup
  • Balsamic Vinegar – 3 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper – 1/4 tsp
  • Garlic paste – 1/2 tsp
  • Honey – 1/2 tsp

Direction

  1. Make the marinade by mixing together balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper, garlic paste, honey. Adjust seasoning and keep aside.
  2. Marinate pieces of tofu, sliced onions and whole cherry tomatoes in this mixture for 5 minutes (or more if possible).
  3. Just before serving you can add fresh basil, olives and serve as a salad. You could also make single serving bites by putting a piece of tofu, cherry tomato, olive and fresh basil in a toothpick, with a drizzle of the left over vinaigrette. I have served the single serving bites with a little low fat mayo on the side to cut through the vinegar (totally optional).

Note: Lots of variations are possible. You could replace tofu with cottage cheese, shredded cooked chicken, mozzarella cheese, etc. If you don’t have balsamic vinegar, then use a mix of sesame oil, soy sauce and apple cider vinegar or white vinegar.

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