Steaks aren't the only thing that can be cooked on the grill — extra-firm tofu is exceptional when imparted with a smoky flavor. This recipe flash-marinates the tofu in a mixture of garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, and oregano. The tofu is topped with a produce-filled, Mediterranean-inspired salad consisting of fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, scallions, olives, and parsley. However, feel free to substitute your favorite in-season vegetables. For the effortless, flavorful recipe,


Grilled Tofu With Chopped Salad

Grilled Tofu With Chopped Salad


  1. 1/4 cup lemon juice
  2. 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  3. 3 cloves garlic, minced
  4. 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  5. 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  6. Freshly ground pepper to taste
  7. 14 ounces extra-firm tofu, preferably water-packed
  8. 2 medium tomatoes, seeded and diced
  9. 1 cup diced seedless cucumber (1/4 medium)
  10. 1/4 cup chopped scallions
  11. 1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh parsley
  12. 1/4 cup Kalamata olives, pitted and coarsely chopped
  13. 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  14. 1 tablespoon white-wine vinegar
  15. 1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  16. Freshly ground pepper to taste


  1. Preheat grill.
  2. Whisk lemon juice, oil, garlic, oregano, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Reserve 2 tablespoons of this mixture for basting.
  3. Drain and rinse tofu; pat dry. Cut the block crosswise into eight 1/2-inch-thick slices and place in a shallow glass dish. Add remaining marinade and turn to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or for up to 8 hours.
  4. Combine tomatoes, cucumber, scallions, parsley, olives, oil, vinegar, salt and pepper in a medium bowl; toss gently to mix.
  5. Lightly oil the grill rack (hold a piece of oil-soaked paper towel with tongs and rub it over the grate). Drain the tofu, discarding marinade. Grill the tofu over medium-high heat, basting occasionally with reserved lemon juice mixture, until lightly browned, 3 to 4 minutes per side (see Tip). Serve immediately, topped with the salad.

Serves 4.

NUTRITION INFORMATION: Per serving: 209 calories; 16 g fat (2 g sat, 11 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 10 g carbohydrate; 9 g protein; 2 g fiber; 682 mg sodium.

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