This salad has all of your favorite elements of all the Greek Salads I’ve had over the years: Kalamata olives, cucumber, tomato, roasted red pepper, and feta. Marinated tofu feta, that is. It may sound weird to be eating tofu raw, but when it is marinated this way it tastes remarkably similar to feta so give it a try.

Greek Pasta Salad with Tofu Feta [Vegan]

Serves

4

Cooking Time

70

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Ingredients

For the Tofu Feta:

  • 1/2 block extra-firm tofu, drained, patted dry, and diced
  • 4 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper Flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • black pepper

For the Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Pinch of salt and black pepper

For the Pasta Salad:

  • 1-8 oz pasta
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes quartered
  • 3/4 cup cucumber diced
  • 1 cup roasted red peppers drained, patted dry, and sliced
  • 1/4 cup Kalamata olives drained and chopped
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Preparation

To Make the Tofu Feta:

  1. Measure rice vinegar, water, garlic and onion powders, oregano, red pepper flake, salt, and pepper into a container that has a high fitting lid. Put the lid on and give the marinade a shake to mix, then add tofu cubes, put the lid back on, and gently shake to coat.
  2. Put into the refrigerator to marinate for at least 2 hours or even overnight.

To Make the Pasta Salad:

  1. Make pasta according to package directions. After draining, since under cold water to cool it down. Leave in the colander to cool while making the dressing.
  2. To make the dressing: Into a small bowl add all dressing ingredients and combine well with a whisk. Into a large bowl, combine roasted red peppers, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, and olives. Rinse the pasta in the colander once more- the noodles are likely stuck together and this will separate them. Add the pasta to the bowl and then add half of the dressing and gently toss to combine.
  3. Drain the tofu feta and add it to the pasta salad and gently toss once more. Add remaining dressing just before serving.
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