Watermelon Salad

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Watermelon Cucumber Vegan Feta Salad

Greetings from the lovely city of AUSTIN!!!!!!!!!!!  For the next two weeks, I’ll be “Keeping it Weird” in Austin with one of my best friends in the entire world. I am so excited, I just can’t hide it! And of course, I’ll be eating my way through the best veg-centric nom noms in the city (and telling you ALL about it on FB, Twitter, and Instagram)!

In the meantime, let me tell you about this salad. It’s a take on some canapes I made last summer that had feta in them. So, this summer, in trying to recreate that perfect sweet, crisp, slightly spicy, salty, tangy bite, sans the feta, I racked my brain for a dairy-free alternative.

I felt like I could get the texture with tofu and the saltiness with Tamari. But what about that twang? What about that subtle sourness that makes feta oh so very lovely? I needed acid. Something subtle and floral and maybe even a little fruity. In the end, I went with a combination of apple cider vinegar and white balsamic. Ah? Nailed it! Combined with some dried herbs and a wee bit of black pepper, I served this “tofu feta” to vegans and non-vegans alike at a Como Water cooking class, and folks could not get enough! One woman (vegan) said, “man, I thought I was just never going to taste feta again!”

In my not so humble opinion, this is the ultimate (dairy free, woop woop!) summer salad! The flavors are spot on, the colors are stunning, and the tofu feta totally wows. (Oh and it’s easy to make AND keeps reeeeeaaaallllllyyyyy well!!!). Make it. Like this weekend. 😀

Happy Monday folks and see you next week for some dessert!

Watermelon Salad

(Printable Recipe)

Tofu “Feta” Ingredients:

  1. 1 package extra firm tofu—pressed
  2. 3 tablespoons olive oil
  3. 2 tablespoons water
  4. 2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar (or red wine vinegar, or rice wine vinegar)
  5. 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  6. 1-2 teaspoons Tamari (or salt, soy sauce, or liquid aminos)
  7. 1 teaspoon dried basil
  8. 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  9. ½ teaspoon black pepper

Method:

*Slice tofu into 1/4 inch slices. Place ~4-5 paper towels on a plate. Add tofu slices. Add another layer of paper towels. Place a heavy pot or pan on top of the paper towels. Press tofu for at least 1 hour.

*Break up pressed tofu into small pieces (~1/2 inch, like feta crumbles) and add to bowl.

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*In a separate bowl, whisk all remaining ingredients. Add marinade to tofu crumbles. Stir. Let marinade at least 1 hour. Enjoy! Mmmm!

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Salad Ingredients:

  1. Watermelon—sliced thinly
  2. Cucumber—sliced thinly
  3. Red onion—finely diced
  4. Tofu “feta”—see above
  5. Balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper, mint leaves to taste

Method:

*Mix all ingredients. Adjust seasoning. Let stand at least 1 hour before serving. Enjoy!

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Tiffany M. Griffin is the woman behind Como Water, Washington DC’s premiere veg-centric cuisine consulting company. Through cooking classes, demonstrations, catering, and consultations, Como Water gives people the opportunity to learn how to prepare veg-centric cuisine that boasts maximum flavor, with minimal effort. Tiffany is quickly becoming a go-to expert on the future of veg-centric cuisine, and is a regular contributor to Como Water, the blog, as well as to vegetarian and vegan sites across the Internet. For over a decade, this self-taught, entrepreneurial expert has developed a set of tried and true techniques for making simple, delicious, and sometimes decadent veg-centric dishes. Featured on the Steve Harvey Show and other leading media outlets, Tiffany was born and raised in Springfield, MA. She then earned Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Communications from Boston College and a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan. She now resides in Washington DC, where she has worked in the US Senate and at a federal agency on issues around health, food, nutrition, and international food aid/development, and of course, as the owner of Como Water. Tiffany gets culinary inspiration from the food she grew up eating, and from her travels throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, Western Europe, and Sub-Saharan Africa. She is dedicated to sharing her wealth of knowledge on veg-centric cuisine with others and to help others live by her mantra—love life, live long, and eat veg-centric cuisine!

Comments

  1. Wow, Tiffany, I love your Feta cheese substitute. How clever! Have a wonderful time in Austin with your good friend. :-)

  2. The Watermelon Salad is so refreshing! Using tofu is inspired!
    A charming recipe for summer a summer picnic or BBQ!

  3. Have fun in Austin! This salad looks superb :)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  4. Have a blast in Austin, Tiffany!!! I LOVE this salad…what a great combo of flavors. Perfect for this heat…I’d make it my dinner :)

  5. Have a fantastic time in Austin!!! It’s nice to have a vacation and some time with good friends. :) I love this very cheerful and cool salad. :)

  6. This looks delicious! and very easy. I’m gonna give it a try for a potluck party this weekend. thx! Enjoy Austin

  7. This watermelon salad is gorgeous! I love how easy it is to prepare. Before I read your post and recipe, I thought the white cubes are cheese. Turns out they are tofu…and I love them so this recipe is even better! :) I can’t wait to give this a try at home. Thanks for sharing. Wish you a wonderful time with your best friend and I look forward to your fun and food adventures in Austin! :)

  8. I never imagined that tofu can taste so good instead of feta! Fantastic recipe Tiffany…

  9. I am soooo excited about this! And I just stocked up on white balsamic, so it’s time to get to work! Have fun in Austin. I think VegNews named it like best veg city in the US or something recently. I’m so jealous!

  10. Ha ! Clever lady, the tofu even looks like feta the way you have prepared it. Delicious salad. Hope you are having a lovely holiday with your friends.

  11. Oh I love this sweet, crunchy, juicy, salty tangy salad Tiff! So many great flavor elements and I bet this is so light and refreshing! Have a great time in Texas and looking forward to your next dessert post!

  12. What a great summer salad! Would be perfect right about now… it’s too hot to cook!

  13. My hubby loves cucumbers, we both love watermelon and feta! So this is the perfect summer salad for us both:-) I love that you can get the ingredients at a local farmers market, so fresh, and delicious! Beautiful, Hugs, Terra