Greek Salad Bowl


Who is ready for summer?  Keep your hands up if you are excited about fresh summer veggies and refreshing salads!  This clean and crisp Greek Salad Bowl is sure to knock your socks off, and it makes an excellent potluck or BBQ dish to pass.  The VegInspiredChef and I are naturally drawn toward whole plant foods.  We enjoy whole starches, grains, beans, vegetables, and fruits.  So after a day of eating some processed vegan foods-eek!- we wanted something fresh and whole foodish! A Greek Salad Bowl was the answer to our cravings.

This Greek Salad Bowl is easy to make and tastes great.  Traditionally, a Greek Salad has feta, to get that salty briny crumble on the top of our bowl, we marinated extra firm cubes of tofu in a quick marinade for a few hours.

We enhanced the traditional Greek Salad with our favorite 365 Brand Super Grains which we buy at Whole Foods.  These are a pantry staple in the VegInspired Kitchen and most days you can find a precooked batch waiting patiently to be tossed into a Buddha Bowl or Grain Bowl – like our Buffalo Cauliflower Bowl, or our “Special Sauce” – Vegan Burger Bowl. They work perfectly as an enhancement or as the main “event”!

Lastly, we kicked up the traditional Greek dressing, by creating our own using fresh herbs from our CSA (Community Support Agriculture) box.

The trifecta above added to chopped veggies was a winning combination.

Greek Salad Bowl

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Greek Salad Bowl
Course: Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
Ingredients
Marinated Extra Firm Tofu (recipe below)
  • 1 14 oz block of tofu cut into 3/4" cubes
  • 1/4 cup kalamata olive brine
  • 1/4 cup wine vinegar (we used white wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp miso
  • cooked super grains we cook ours in a rice cooker, so we prepared the whole bag and added what we wanted
  • salt
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2/3 cup aquafaba chickpea juice from chickpeas below
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp fresh oregano
  • 2 minced cloves garlic
  • pepper to taste
  • 1-2 bell pepper chopped
  • 2 cans of chickpeas drained - reserve liquid - rinsed
  • cucumber roughly peeled, chopped
  • 1/2 red onion diced
  • 1- 1 1/2 cup grape tomatoes chopped 1/2 head of leafy green lettuce
  • 1/2 cup sliced kalamata olives
Instructions
Marinated Extra Firm Tofu
  1. Marinate Tofu a few hours ahead of time

    Place cubes of tofu in sturdy, dish with lid, where marinade will cover tofu

    Salt tofu

    Whisk brine, wine, and miso

    Pour marinade over tofu, cover, and refrigerate for a few hours

  2. Prepare super grains
  3. Whisk dressing: vinegar, aquafaba, lemon juice, oregano, garlic together and pepper to taste, set aside
  4. Chop vegetables
Assemble
  1. Salad bar style where every grabs and adds to their liking
  2. Tossed - mix ingredients (the amounts may vary, look at proportions as you mix) in a large bowl. (I enjoyed the leftovers this way and the super grains soaked up the dressing, which gave them a tasty flavor. You may decide to toss the veggies and then serve them atop the grains (or vice versa).
  3. Snap a pic, devour your Greek Salad Bowl, and then share on social media  #veginspiredfoodie

Add a Greek Salad Bowl to your next BBQ, Picnic, Party, or just for your weekly menu – you’ll be pleased!

Live VegInspired and Eat more Plants!

XO,

Kathy

 

P.S. Here is a nice aerial shot with a little behind the scenes flair

 

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