A simple versitile tomato salad that’s bursting with the fresh flavors and colors of Italy.
1/2 c. baby spinach
2 c. cherry tomatoes, cut in half
1/2 red onion, sliced thinly
1/2 c. baked tofu
1/2 c. toasted pine nuts
One handful fresh basil leaves, chiffonade
3 T. olive oil
1-1 1/2 T. good quality red wine vinegar
Salt and pepper
Place all the salad ingredients in a bowl, except the basil chiffonade and pine nuts. Heat a small cast iron skillet and toast the pine nuts until golden. Toss the nuts into the salad. Whisk briefly to emulsify the olive oil and vinegar, then add salt and pepper to taste, pour over the salad, top with the basil chiffonade, and toss again lightly. Taste, adjust seasoning, and serve.
With lasagna, I serve this salad on the side, but it’s also wonderful on top of the garlic bread as a bruschetta. Though this recipe serves only two, it easily doubles or triples.