I definitely have a thing for Greek salads. You know how most people working on moving towards a vegan or vegetarian diet have that one item of food they could never imagine giving up? Well, for a long time that was feta cheese for me, and specifically feta cheese sprinkled on a bed of crispy lettuce and smothered with tangy dressing.
A friend told me a while back that I needed to give tofu feta a try. Even though I’ve had success with lots of other DIY vegan cheeses, and even though I’ve found that tofu actually works as a delicious substitute for other cheeses like paneer, I was dubious. I guess with feta being my favorite and all I set the bar pretty high when it came to making a vegan version.
I finally gave tofu feta a try, and I’m kind of kicking myself for waiting this long.
Basically all you need to do is grab a block of tofu, squeeze out as much moisture as possible by pressing it, and then replace that moisture with a tangy, salty marinade to make it taste like feta. Some lemon juice, salt, and a little garlic for good measure was all it took.
Now, while my tofu feta was absolutely delicious, I’m not sure if you handed someone a plate of it and told them it was feta cheese they’d be fooled. The texture is a little different. But if you toss it with greens and bunch of Greek salad fixings, there’s a pretty good chance they’d never notice those differences.
Kalamata olives, juicy tomatoes, red onion slices, and crispy cucumber would be those ingredients I’m talking about. For the dressing I went with a super simple red wine vinaigrette with some garlic and oregano. I kept the dressing on the light side by replacing a portion of the oil you’d normally find in this type of dressing with water, and since tofu feta is relatively light too, you end up with a vegan Greek salad that’s way lower in calories than your typical Greek salad, but still totally satisfying! A meal sized portion (a fourth of the recipe) is totally meal-worthy and has just under 300 calories.
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For the dressing:
For the vegan Greek salad:
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