21 June 2012

farm fresh salad with grilled tofu


ah, summer solstice loveliness...  what a gorgeous day i enjoyed yesterday to ring in the season!  

i took in an outdoor yoga class of sun salutations downtown in the sun surrounded by amazing people which was a joyous experience even in the crazy heat.  (a few of us joked that this was as close to bikram's as we would get!)  a special thank you to the incredible women of cedar street yoga for organizing it and sharing their energy.


then a bit later on in the day came the first csa pick up of the season - picked up via bicyclette.  i love this time of year when my grocery trips begin to dwindle to next to nothing and the bulk of my food comes directly from the farmers who grew it.  this week's share included 3 varieties of lettuce, green onions, spinach, garlic scapes, carrots (storage crop from last season), strawberries & frozen honeydew melon (storage crop from last season).

after a short cycle home and some waving at other friends passing by on bikes (don't you just love that?!), feasting was in order.



dinner was inspired by the lovely greens and then need for something light and cooling for dinner.  i washed up a mixture of all the lettuces and then grilled some marinated tofu & sweet potatoes.  paired with a tangy mustard vinaigrette it was perfect.

farm fresh salad with grilled tofu & sweet potato
serves 2
1 head of lettuce or equivalent (i used red leaf, green leaf & what i think was a type of buttercrisp)
1/2 block extra firm tofu
1 medium sweet potato
1 tbsp oil
2 tbsp tamari
1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

wash and dry the lettuce and set it aside.  press the water out of the tofu and then slice it into 4 even slabs.  whisk together the oil, vinegar & tamari and then place the tofu in the mixture to marinate, turning every so often.  meanwhile, bring a small pot of water to boil.  slice the sweet potatoes and parboil them until just fork tender.  drain and rinse them under cold water and then add to the tofu to coat.

next, fire up your bbq and grill the tofu & sweet potatoes for about 5-6 minutes a side.  remove from the grill, toss with any remaining marinade and then pile them up on a bed of fresh lettuce.  dress with you favourite vinaigrette.  i went with a simple olive oil - red wine vinegar - dijon mix.




i think the only thing truly missing from my day was a swim in the lake, but i'm hoping to get in there today!

happy summer friends!

what did you do to ring in the season?


17 comments:

  1. that outdoor yoga class looks so wonderful! and so does that salad! yum! hope you make it to the lake!

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  2. That meal looks like my dream come true. Not much beats a properly cooked sweet potato, and yours look perfect. We spent the evening sitting on the back patio with our furry crew and enjoying the fresh air. I'm hoping to do a bit more gardening and weeding today to welcome the summer in.

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    1. that sounds like an awesome little welcome to summer :)

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  3. I need to find some outdoor yoga around here- that looks so great!

    The salad looks wonderful too- especially those big chunks of grilled sweet potato! You're makin' me wish I had a grill! ;-)

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    1. it was so amazing - my first outdoor yoga practice and hopefully not my last!

      it's not exactly the same, but there's always the broiler for that charred flavour.

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  4. that looks beautiful! i got so many greens from my farm share this week and am looking for inspiration. i just found it! thanks.

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    1. you're welcome sarah :) 3 cheers for farm shares!

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  5. Ah yoga in the park! - that's summer.

    I love adding sweet potatoes to my salads. I hope you find time for a quick swim this weekend. I'm doing my best to embrace the heat in Toronto and plan to find myself lakeside at a patio tonight.

    xo

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    1. SO summer, right? oh the endless patios of toronto... i'm a wee bit jealous of all your options, but there is one killer spot up here.

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  6. Love the simple salad. I wish I could afford a CSA! Our farmer's markets are pretty barren, unfortunately. it seems so fitting to ring in summer with a sun salutation, though here in MA it was about 100 degrees. That would have been very Bikram!

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    1. CSAs certainly aren't cheap, but i actually find that it's pretty economical & comparable to what i'd buy at the grocery store over 5 months once you add up all of the weeks of produce you get to collect on! the other option is going 'halfsies' on a share with friends, and some farms even have programs where you can volunteer farm work hours for a discount!

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  7. Good summer salad! Sweet potatoes! Mmmm... Totally wish I could do CSA, but I have never really looked into it... Maybe it's time ;)
    Wow, that yoga looks like so much fun - I've been doing yoga for about a year now, but never outside!
    And the biking is so cool. Where I live, everyone drives, which I find so depressing (although that might have something to do with the triple digit weather....)

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    1. you should take a few minutes to seek out a neighbouring farm that offers CSAs - it's really worth it. one of my most favourite parts of summer (and fall too since our share extends all the way until the end of october!).

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  8. mmmm....I have really been craving fresh veggies recently - too much travel food! I rang in the summer in Australia, which means it was winter. :)

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  9. How I'd love some sun to BBQ underneath! The weather here has been horrible - reckon I could make this just under a broiler?!

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    1. no reason that the broiler shouldn't work joey :)

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