This Watermelon Salad with Tofu Feta is super refreshing on a hot summer’s day. And to be honest, I even enjoy this salad in the fall and winter when it tends to be drier on the skin.
Watermelon is super hydrating and living in Colorado, we can really use adding foods that are water-rich into our diets. What really makes this dish, for me, is the addition of the tofu feta.
No-Cheese Feta? Yes, Please!
The tofu is cubed and marinated in balsamic and Italian spices, making this taste so much like herbed feta cheese. Instead of cheese, which is harmful to your health, this “cheese” is actually feeding your body with clean, protein-rich fuel along with body nourishing vitamins and minerals.
To press the tofu, use a tofu press or wrap in paper towels and place it on a plate with another plate on top. Put something heavy on top. Press for around 15 minutes while you prepare the other veggies.
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I’m so excited to have a substitute for feta because there are so many ways to use it. Try adding it to Greek salad, to your roasted veggies, in your tacos or burritos.
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This recipe is much easier than some tofu feta recipes I’ve seen. No need to marinate for hours and hours, although you can. It’s just a simple marinade that really does the trick and gives a darn close approximation to real feta.
Just combine your cubed tofu and marinade made of garlic, miso, oregano, lemon juice, red wine vinegar and salt (optional) to a bowl. Cover and refrigerate to allow these flavors to meld for at least 30 minutes.
So Many Flavors Perfectly Combined
The addition of Kalamata olives in this recipe gives the watermelon salad just the kick it needs to be tangy and delish!
Although this salad uses arugula as the greens, you could use other types of greens as well such as romaine or a mixture of spinach and arugula.
The flavor contrast adds depth, even in your selection of greens. The combination of peppery arugula and sweet baby spinach compliments the sweetness of the watermelon and feta cheese flavor of the marinated tofu. It’s an absolutely delightful, versatile salad.
Also, if you love mint, you’ll really love it in this salad. Although this combination of ingredients is unusual, you won’t be disappointed by the unique and delicious flavor in this watermelon salad.
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- No added sugars
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Watermelon Salad with Tofu Feta
- 1 5-6 oz bag spinach or arugula
- ½ large red onion cut into thin wedges
- ½ small watermelon cut into 1” cubes
- ½ cup slivered mint
- 3 tablespoons chopped walnuts (pistachios, or pine nuts)
- 1 12-14 oz firm organic tofu drained and pressed for 30 minutes
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 tablespoon light miso
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice freshly squeezed
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt or to taste
- Cut the pressed tofu into squares about 1/2" size.
- Make the tofu feta marinade by combining the garlic, miso, oregano, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, and salt.
- Transfer tofu to the bowl with the marinade. Stir through to coat the tofu. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
- In a large bowl, add the spinach or arugula, red onion, watermelon cubes, mint, tofu feta, and nuts.
- Pour remaining marinade over and toss.
Is the tofu supposed to be warm/hot or the marinade?
Thanks for your question. That was confusing. Neither one is warm or hot. I had a more complicated recipe, but this one is simpler. After you press the tofu, you just put it into the marinade.
What is the dressing? I don’t see it here?
Hi, I updated the instructions to make them clearer. Basically, the dressing is the marinade. Once you’ve marinated the tofu and tossed it into the salad, pour some of the remaining marinade over it and toss.