Sunday, September 2, 2012

Vegan Caprese Salad for #SundaySupper

Labor Day - Summer is just about over...oh, I am so sad but here is the good thing tomatoes are at their peak here in Oregon.  Lovely, delicious, ripe, juicy heirloom tomatoes. So, so good - and they are just perfect right now.  What am I talking about...okay so this is the very first time, that I am participating in the weekly #SundaySupper around the family table.  The theme for this weekend is Labor Day Cookout and I am bringing Vegan Caprese Salad to the cookout.

If there is a food I miss in our daily life without galactose it is Caprese Salad.  {Just in case you do not know this,  both my kids have a rare metabolic disorder called "Classic Galactosemia". This means that  neither of them can metabolize galactose, which is a long milk sugar.}  Fresh Mozzarella used in Caprese Salad is completely out of the picture, well at least until I thought of this. Yes, why not use tofu? Worth a try, right? And turned out perfect; flavors, texture, and all!  Perfect to go along the cookout plus it is so easy to make.

Easy, delicious, and absolutely dairy free :)
Copyright galactopdx 2012

8 oz. of firm tofu, pressed
1-2 tsp of Italian herbs
1-2 T of Olive Oil
2-3 large to medium heirloom tomatoes
handful of basil
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Balsamic Reduction {optional}
salt, and pepper to taste

1. Pat the tofu with 1-2 tsp {or more} of Italian herbs, and sprinkle with salt
2. Cut tofu into about 1/4" thick, and 1" long pieces
3. Heat Olive Oil in pan {I use a cast iron pan} - add tofu, turning frequently until tofu
    turns golden
4. While tofu is in the pan, cut the tomatoes into 1/4" thick slices.
5. Once tofu is ready, and cooled off a little assemble the Caprese Salad by layering:
    - Slice of tomato, a basil leaf, tofu, repeat....
6. Sprinkle with salt, and pepper.  Drizzle with a good amount of Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
7. Cover and let the flavors absorb at room temperature for at least one hour before serving
8. Before serving you can add chopped fresh basil, adjust salt as well as pepper and drizzle with
    balsamic reduction

Serve with crusty bread!
Tofu in the pan

Vegan Caprese Salad - right after "assembly"

Vegan Caprese Salad - ready to be served
Now before you go out and enjoy your Labor Day Cookout be sure to check out what the other #SundaySupper participants are bringing to the cookout

Labor Day Cookout Recipes:

Starters & Snacks

Main Dishes

Salads & Sides



Wine Pairings

  • Labor Day Cookout Food And Wine Pairings by ENOFYLZ

Oh, and can also join today's #SundaySupper cookout for a Twitter chat at 7 p.m. EST, by following the #SundaySupper hashtag, or you can also follow through TweetChat.


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