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Meatless Monday: Grilled herbed tofu and chickpea salad

Grilling ingredients to toss into a salad always adds an extra touch of flavor to your meal. Try tossing together this tasty salad made with grilled tofu.

Grilled herbed tofu and chickpea salad

Tofu easily soaks up the flavors of other ingredients you use with it. This Meatless Monday recipe for grilled herbed tofu and chickpea salad is the perfect example of that. By first marinating the tofu in a tasty lemon-herb mixture, you’ll have a great addition to toss into a hearty salad. Include a simple (and simple-to-make) lemon-herb dressing, and you’ll have a salad sensation!

Grilled herbed tofu and chickpea salad recipe

Serves 2-4


For the dressing

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 3-4 large basil leaves
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

For the marinade

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes

For the salad

  • 1 (16 ounce) container firm tofu, drained and as much liquid pressed from the tofu as possible. Cut the tofu into large cubes.
  • 1 head Bibb lettuce, washed, dried and torn to small pieces
  • 1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup grape tomatoes, sliced in half


For the dressing

  1. Add all the ingredients to a food processor and blend until smooth. Taste and adjust the seasoning as needed.
  2. Refrigerate until ready to use.

For the marinade

  1. Add all the ingredients to a large, sealable bag.
  2. Gently add the tofu cubes to the bag, seal it, and gently massage the marinade onto the tofu. Refrigerate for about an hour.
  3. When ready to grill the tofu, remove it from the bag and reserve the remaining marinade to use when grilling the tofu.

For the salad

  1. Add the lettuce, chickpeas and tomatoes to a large serving bowl and toss to combine. Set aside.
  2. Place the tofu cubes on metal skewers and grill over medium heat for 6-8 minutes, turning every few minutes. Use the reserved marinade to brush over the tofu as it’s grilling.
  3. Remove the tofu from the grill. Carefully remove the tofu from the skewers and cut it into smaller cubes.
  4. Carefully add the tofu cubes to the salad. Serve in individual bowls with the dressing.

Get grilling for this salad!

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Flatbread with hummus and roasted tomatoes

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