Veggie Planet Caesar Salad

Veggie Planet Caesar SaladIngredients

  • 1 head romaine lettuce, chopped?
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved?
  • 1 cup pitted kalamata olives?
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Tofu Caesar dressing (recipe follows)
  • Tofu Croutons (recipe follows)

Combine lettuce, tomatoes, olives and croutons in a large bowl. Add cheese and dressing, tossing well to coat. Add croutons; serve immediately.

Tofu Caesar Dressing

  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard?
  • 1 ¼ cups cubed silken firm tofu?
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper to taste?
  • ¾ cup extra-virgin olive oil

Purée garlic, mustard, tofu and lemon juice; add salt and pepper. Slowly add olive oil. Add water to thin, if desired.

Tofu Croutons

  • 8 ounces water-packed extra-firm tofu?
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil?
  • Salt to taste

Press the tofu with a paper towel. Cut it into ½-inch cubes. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. When the oil is really hot, add the tofu; season with salt. Fry the cubes of tofu until they form a golden crust on all sides, about 5 minutes. Drain well on paper towels. Keep the croutons at room temperature; 15 minutes before serving put them in a warm oven for up to 3 hours if desired.

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