Grilled Tofu and Quinoa Salad


You will need

600ml Boiling Water
1/2 tsp Salt
300g Quinoa
1 Juice of a lemon
3 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 Garlic Cloves
1/4 tsp Freshly Ground Pepper
250g Firm Tofu
1 Red or Yellow Bell Pepper
8 Cherry tomatoes
1/2 Cucumber
Fresh Parsley
Fresh Mint


Directions

1. Place the quinoa and 600mls salted boiling water in a large bowl. Cover and cook on HIGH MICROWAVE for 5 mins. Then SIMMER MICROWAVE for 15 mins.

2. Drain and spread the quinoa on a baking sheet to cool for 10 mins.

3. Pre-heat the grill on high (1).

4. Line the baking tin with foil. Grill the tofu for 10-12 mins, turning during cooking.

5. Meanwhile whisk the lemon juice, oil, garlic, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Add the cooled quinoa, tofu, bell pepper, tomatoes, cucumber, parsley and mint; toss well to combine.

Tip! Precooked, baked tofu is firmed than water-packed making it a lot easier to work with as it does not fall apart. It can also come in a range of ‘flavours’!

This recipe was created using the Panasonic Slimline Combination Microwave Oven which has a grill, microwave and oven setting (and 29 automated cooking programmes), but could be replicated using a standard microwave and separate oven.

For more recipe inspiration visit www.theideaskitchen.co.uk

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