Spicy Grilled Tofu Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette
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Alexander was the Season One winner of “MasterChef Junior” on Fox. He created this recipe for House Foods, and they have shared it with us! Please note that the prep time does not include the marinating time for the tofu - plan ahead!
Serves: 4 servings
For the Spicy Tofu
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 ½ teaspoons paprika
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons sriracha
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce (or wheat-free tamari for gluten-free)
  • 1 tablespoon non-GMO canola oil (or other high-heat oil), plus extra for the grill
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1 block Organic Firm Tofu, sliced about 1 ½ inches thick
For the Salad
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • ⅔ cup olive oil, plus extra for the grill
  • Salt, to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • 1 large bunch of your favorite salad mix (arugula, mesclun, romaine lettuce, etc)
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts (see note above for nut-free)
  • ¼ cup raisins or dried cranberries
For the Spicy Tofu
  1. In a small pan, toast the cayenne, garlic powder, cinnamon, and paprika until fragrant (about 1 minute).
  2. While the spices are toasting, mix the sriracha, soy sauce, and canola oil in a small bowl, then add in the toasted spices. Season with salt, to taste.
  3. Add the tofu to a large zippered plastic bag and drizzle in the spiced marinade. Press the air out, seal, and let the tofu marinate in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours and up to 2 days.
  4. When ready to prepare, heat a grill or grill pan over high heat and oil it well to prevent the tofu from sticking.
  5. Once hot, place the tofu on the grill and cook until thoroughly colored, about 3 to 4 minutes on each side. Remove from the heat.
For the Salad
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the mustard, balsamic vinegar and lemon juice. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil, whisking constantly. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  2. Add the salad mix, walnuts, and raisins to the bowl with your vinaigrette. Toss well to thoroughly coat.
  3. Plate the salad (or arrange in a serving bowl), and fan out the tofu on top to serve.
Recipe by Go Dairy Free at https://www.godairyfree.org/recipes/spicy-grilled-tofu-salad