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Pesto Quinoa Salad Bowls with Grilled Tofu

Author - Alyssa Rimmer

Pesto Quinoa Salad Bowls with grilled tofu and grilled veggies -- a quick, easy and healthy dinner!

Every summer should start with bright sunny days, dinners outside and tons of grilled veggies. At least that's how I want all of my summers to start.

This can be a little tricky when you live in NYC, have zero direct access to the outdoors from your apartment and your grill pan sets the smoke alarm (and scares the crap out of you dog) every time you use it. Luckily, I have Vermont.

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If you've followed for a while, then you know I grew up in Vermont and my parents still live there. I get up there every chance I get, but it's especially magical in the summer.

I just arrived this past week and the first thing I did, I kid you not, was fire up the grill.

These pesto quinoa salad bowls with grilled tofu was our dinner and I've made it every day since. Fluffy pesto quinoa, mixed with grilled veggies and tofu, along with fresh cherry tomatoes, sends your tastebuds into a whole other world of happy.

These simple pesto quinoa bowls are amazing! Topped with grilled veggies, tofu and chopped cherry tomatoes!

So I honestly don't do that much with tofu — I mean I bake it from time to time — but now that I've discovered you can grill it? Game changer.

It takes like 6 minutes to make, has a gorgeous crunchy outside and gets kind of fluffy on the inside. Tofu also soaks up all sorts of flavor, so you're getting the spices from the marinade mixed with the smokiness from the grill and it's heavenly. Definitely going to be a staple around here this summer.

These simple pesto quinoa bowls are amazing! Topped with grilled veggies, tofu and chopped cherry tomatoes!

The other thing I discovered you can grill is kale!

I've seen it on the restaurant in NYC, and love it, but I had yet to try it at home. I'll admit, the first batch ended up as a black, crispy mess, but the second batch was so yum. It gets tender like it does when you sauté or steam it, but the char-grilled flavors imparts a ton of flavor.

PESTO QUINOA SALAD -- just warm quinoa mixed with pesto! It makes the perfect side dish!

You're going to love how simple this dinner is. You just need to mix together some quinoa and pesto (homemade or store bought), grill up your veggies + tofu, slice some cherry tomatoes and add everything to a bowl. A healthy, meatless dinner served in under 15 minutes.

Perfectly grilled zucchini atop of delicious pesto quinoa bowl -- looks like the perfect dinner to me!

Now before you run off and fire up your grill, let's quickly talk about sauces.

I actually chose not to do a dressing with this, but I think topping it with a creamy sauce would be delicious. Here are some dressing ideas:

Pesto Quinoa Salad Bowls with grilled tofu and grilled veggies -- a quick, easy and healthy dinner!

Your turn…

What's your favorite thing to put on the grill? I'm thinking of creating a grillable veggie burger and perhaps also hosting a grilling month on my YouTube channel and sharing a bunch of different things you can grill. Would you like that? Let me know in the comments!

xo Alyssa

These simple pesto quinoa bowls are amazing! Topped with grilled veggies, tofu and chopped cherry tomatoes!

Pesto Quinoa Salad Bowls with Grilled Tofu

Fluffy pesto quinoa, mixed with grilled veggies and tofu, along with fresh cherry tomatoes, sends your tastebuds into a whole other world of happy.

Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword pesto, tofu
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 367 kcal
Author Alyssa Rimmer

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup pesto homemade or store bought
  • 1 block extra firm tofu
  • 2 medium zucchini cut into 1/2" rounds
  • 1 large bunch lacinato kale
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1/4 cup olive oil divided
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt + pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Heat the grill over medium-hight heat.
  2. Mix together the quinoa and pesto and set aside.
  3. Cut the tofu into 4 even slices and put on a plate. Whisk together 1 tablespoon of oil, the paprika, garlic powder and a pinch of salt and pepper. Brush the slices of tofu with this marinade on each side.
  4. On a separate plate or baking sheet, lay the zucchini slices down and drizzle with 1 tablespoon of oil. Brush to cover and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Flip and repeat on the opposite side.
  5. Place the kale on the same plate/baking sheet if there's room and drizzle with the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil.
  6. Grill the tofu and zucchini for 3 - 4 minutes per side until the tofu has started to puff up a little and the zucchini is a little tender.
  7. With a 2 minutes left, place the kale leaves directly on the grill. Cook for 30 seconds - 1 minute per side until slightly wilted and starting to char.
  8. Remove everything from the grill and assemble the bowls. Chop the kale into bite sized pieces and divide the remaining ingredients evenly among four bowls. Garnish with a touch of salt and pepper (or a drizzle of tahini...yum!) and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Pesto Quinoa Salad Bowls with Grilled Tofu
Amount Per Serving
Calories 367 Calories from Fat 261
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 29g 45%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 2mg 1%
Sodium 344mg 14%
Potassium 927mg 26%
Total Carbohydrates 34g 11%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 8g
Protein 16g 32%
Vitamin A 66.4%
Vitamin C 78.3%
Calcium 15%
Iron 24.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

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  1. Hi Alyssa. I love your recipes! I’m a bit of a novice at Pinterest. I can’t seem to figure out how to pin this particular recipe and I’ve pinned many of your other ones. I don’t see the pin button. Am I missing something? Thanks!

    • Hi Patti,

      You should be able to hit the “P” that’s on the left hand side of the screen. Or you can hover over one of the images and there should be a button on the upper right corner that lets you pin it 🙂

      Hope that helps!

  2. So much goodness here – and so simple! I’m a sucker for pesto slathered on anything. Tofu is definitely one of those things that HAS to be cooked right to be good. I can’t wait to visit home so I can slap some tofu on the grill!

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