Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Leftover Tofu, Halloumi, and Tomato Salad Recipe

Salad with Leftover TofuThere's nothing that original or unique about this salad I made recently with some leftover Baked Tofu, but it was such a satisfying way to use leftover tofu that I thought it might be worth posting. Baking gives tofu a slightly chewy texture, making it perfect to use as a salad topper like this. I thought this was an quick and tasty salad for a summer lunch.

I couldn't resist grilling a slice of Halloumi Cheese at the same time I browned the tofu and it made a nice flavor contrast with the tofu, but you could certainly use any kind of cheese here, or just make a salad with tomatoes and tofu if you'd rather skip the cheese. This salad used purchased tomatoes-on-the-vine from Costco, but I can imagine that later this summer when tomatoes are fresh from the garden, the salad would be even better.

Leftover Tofu, Halloumi, and Tomato Salad
(Individual serving, recipe created by Kalyn)

Ingredients for each salad:
2-3 cups salad greens (I used Romaine lettuce)
1 tsp. olive oil, for browning tofu
about 3 oz. slice of leftover Baked Tofu, browned and cut into cubes
1 oz. slice Halloumi cheese, browned and cut into cubes
4 small tomatoes, cut into pieces
1-2 T salad dressing of your choice (I used purchased blue cheese dressing)
Fresh ground black pepper to taste

Heat olive oil in small non-stick frying pan. Add tofu slice (and Halloumi if using) and cook until well-browned on both sides. Remove to cutting board and cut into cubes about 1 inch square.

Cut tomatoes into bite-sized pieces. Wash salad greens and spin dry, or dry with paper towels. Toss salad with dressing and arrange in salad bowl. Sprinkle tofu cubes, cheese cubes, and tomato pieces over dressing. Season with fresh ground black pepper, and serve.

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South Beach Suggestions:
Tofu is a great choice for the South Beach Diet or any other Low-Glycemic eating plan. Halloumi has 8 grams of fat per ounce, and the salad dressing does have fat, so this should be a once-in-a-while treat for South Beach dieters.

More Salads with Tofu:
(Recipes from other blogs may not always be South Beach Diet friendly, check ingredients)
Colorful Tofu Salad with Basil and Cashews from Fat Free Vegan Kitchen
Spinach and Tofu Salad with Sesame Miso Dressing from Rasa Malaysia
Mom's Tofu Salad from Avenue Food
Cold Tofu Salad with Spicy Oriental Topping from The Sugar Bar
Cold Tofu Salad from Use Real Butter

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  1. I have a grill pan now so I've been eager to grill some halloumi. I bet octopus or calamari would be terrific in this salad as well!

  2. Oh yum. I am salivating at the thought of this salad with octopus!

  3. I am *digging* your foray into tofu!
    Lots of good ideas, and I really like this one.
    And... now I gotta find some octopus.

  4. Kalyn when it's this beautiful and tasty it's perfect for blogging! With the basil in my back yard taking over I need all these ideas. Excellent.

  5. CC, me too, I don't know why I didn't cook tofu years ago. Oh well, I'm planning to make up for lost time. I first had grilled octopus last year in SF and fell in love with it!

    Tanna, you are always so sweet. I'm not sure this classified as a "recipe" but the combo of tofu and Halloumi with tomatoes was great on the salad. Basil is just starting to thrive here, but I do need to pick some.

  6. That halloumi salad looks really good.

  7. Oh lovely salad Kalyn. Haloumi has to be one of my favourite foods and with the grilled tofu. Yum.

  8. Oh Kalyn, I love Halloumi but I can't find it in Vancouver. Your salad looks scrumptious.

  9. Tofu and cheese in the same salad sounds interesting. I've never heard of halloumi but I'll have to try it.


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