March 25, 2010

Santa Fe Tofu Tostada Salad with Cilantro Goddess Dressing

Oh goodness, goodness, goodness. Sweet goodness. You really must give this one a try. I can't wait to have the left overs as a salad for lunch (or a late breakfast :)).

Complements: "The Art of Tofu" by Akasha Richmond

Santa Fe Tofu Tostada Salad:
1 package Mori-Nu Tofu (extra firm), cut into 1 inch cubes
1/2 cup barbecue sauce
1/2 cup corn
1/2 red or orange pepper, cut into strips 1/4 inch wide and 1 1/2 inch long
1 zucchini, cut into strips 1/2 inch wide and 1 inch long
1 small red onion, cut into moons
1 fresh serrano chile, minced, if desired
4 corn tostadas
1 can black beans
shredded lettuce
fresh tomato, cut into wedges
avocado, sliced
olive oil for cooking
Cilantro Goddess Dressing (recipe follows)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray. Place a single layer of tofu cubes on sheet. Drizzle with barbecue sauce (I actually marinaded my tofu cubes in the BBQ sauce for a few hours and each piece was generously covered, I like my tofu full of flavor) and bake for 20 minutes (I turned off the oven and let them sit for awhile longer. This gets the tofu little crunchy on the outside). Saute corn, peppers, zucchini, onion and serrano chile in a skillet coated with olive oil for about 5 minutes. Add the baked tofu and mix lightly. Remove from heat. Heat black beans in a small pot over medium heat. Place tostadas on a plate. Cover with beans. Toss lettuce with some dressing and place over tostadas and beans. Arrange vegetable and tofu saute over salad. Garnish with tomato wedges and avocado slices. Enjoy!

Cilantro Goddess Dressing:
1/2 pkg Mori-Nu Lite Tofu (firm), pureed
2 scallions, chopped
2 teaspoons rinsed capers
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon clover honey
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon prepared mustard
1 teaspoon minced fresh jalapeno chile, if desired

In the container of a blender (I used our Magic Bullet), combine the dressing ingredients and blend until smooth and creamy.
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