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Quinoa Salad
with Grilled
and Tofu

Adapted from the
Natural Gourmet Institute

Photo Credit: Alexandra Shytsman
for Natural Gourmet Institute


I Love Me Café ®


For the quinoa salad:

  • 1 3⁄4 cups water
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ½ English cucumber, seeded, diced
  • ½ small red onion, diced
  • ½ cup pitted Kalamata olives, rinsed well to remove extra salt and roughly chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • ⅓ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

For the grilled tofu:

  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 14 ounces extra firm tofu, drained, patted dry, cut into ½-inch slices

For the grilled eggplant:

  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 large eggplant, halved widthwise,
    cut into ½-inch slices
  • Sea salt, to taste

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad with
Grilled Eggplant and Tofu

Adapted from the Natural Gourmet Institute

Yield: 4 Servings



1. In a small pot, bring water and salt to a boil. Add quinoa, turn heat down to a simmer, and cook until all water is absorbed, about 15 minutes. Turn heat off, and let stand covered for another 10 minutes.

2. Allow quinoa to come to room temperature. Fluff with a fork.

3. In a large bowl, toss quinoa with remaining salad ingredients. Taste and season with salt, if needed.


1. Whisk together lemon juice, oil, garlic, oregano, salt and pepper in a small bowl.

2. In a shallow dish, coat tofu in marinade. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 8 hours.

3. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Cook tofu until browned, 3-4 minutes per side, basting occasionally with marinade.


1. Combine olive oil and garlic, and brush eggplant on both sides. Season with salt.

2. Grill over medium-high heat until softened and browned, 4-5 minutes per side.

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