Here we have the perfect summer salad! This Caprese summer salad is essentially a classic Caprese salad with a healthy and vegan twist while leaving the authentic Italian flavors intact. This is seriously going to be your new favorite salad this summer! Authentic Italian flavors on a bed of romaine topped with high protein tofu.

Caprese Summer Salad [Vegan]

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Serves

1

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Ingredients

For the Balsamic Tofu:

  • 1/2 block super firm tofu I used the high protein tofu from Trader Joe's
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

For the Caprese Salad:

  • 1 cup packed romaine
  • 8 cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic glaze
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 juice of a lemon
  • 2 tablespoon vegan mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 cup basil
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Preparation

For the Balsamic Tofu:

  1. Chop your tofu into bite-sized pieces. add to a medium-sized container with the balsamic vinegar and olive oil. I doubled the ingredients and used a whole block of tofu to use the following day
  2. Once your tofu bites have marinated for at least 15 minutes, heat your air fryer (or oven) to 400 degrees. once your air fryer is hot (heats up in about 2 min) add your tofu and fry for 15 minutes. let
  3. Cool while you finish prepping the rest of the salad

For the Caprese Salad:

  1. Wash 1 cup of romaine and add to your bowl once dry. I used a salad spinner to get all the water out, if you don't have one just pat dry
  2. Wash 8 or so cherry tomatoes and chop in half
  3. Cut an avocado in half and dice. save the other half in an airtight container in the fridge
  4. Scoop 2-3 tablespoons of vegan mozzarella cheese using a small ice cream scooper. you can also use a fork and mix tiny crumbles throughout the salad
  5. Arrange the romaine in a bowl and top with the basil, cherry tomatoes, avocado, mozzarella balls, and tofu. drizzle balsamic glaze and olive oil on top. sprinkle with sea salt and serve!
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