Summer Salad Part…something
I saw this salad in Self-Magazine and although most people do not like fruit in their salad, I have always enjoyed that nice small bite of sweetness and acidity. The key for adding fruit to your salad and not having it feel like a “fruit salad”, is to use no more than two types of fruit (I prefer just one) and to make sure there is some sort of protein or other ingredient that can balance the weight of the fruit. Therefore, when I saw this used to be Grilled Chicken and Peach Salad in Self magazine, I knew that it had passed my fruit in salad test and there are only a few things better than grilled fruit in the summer.
I swapped out the chicken for Tofu, and I also think that shrimp would also be a good take on this salad.
Adapted from Self Magazine
1/2 of a standard 15 oz. package of extra firm tofu (cubed)
1/2 teaspoon salt (preferably kosher)
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Olive oil cooking spray
1 lb peaches (3 or 4 small), halved and pitted
1 tablespoon whole-grain mustard
2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
8 cups baby spinach (or Arugula or Romaine)
1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese
1) In a small bowl, toss cubed tofu in 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar and a little bit of salt and pepper. Cover and let marinate for 20-30 minutes.
2) Heat grill or grill pan on high.
3) Coat peaches with cooking spray; spread skin side up on grill; grill, turning once, until juicy but not mushy, 3 to 5 minutes per side. Remove from heat.
4) Grill tofu for 5-7 minutes turning at about 3 minutes.
5) In a salad bowl, whisk mustard, vinegar, oil and 1 tbsp water.
6) Toss with arugula and add the grilled tofu and peaches. Top with goat cheese.
7) Toss well, distribute evenly among plates and share and enjoy!
This is a great summer salad either for a normal workday lunch (made ahead the night before) or for a summer bbq. This will most likely be the final summer salad entry, but do not worry because the upcoming fall season will have its own gems.