Vegan Tofu Feta (Oil-Free, Gluten-Free)

This is your answer for dairy-free, vegan Feta cheese.  Made with the traditional technique of dairy feta, gluten-free organic tofu is pickled before soaking in an oil-free marinade.  Enjoy this plant-based recipe over a Take Anywhere Healthy Salad, Orzo Pasta Salad or baked potatoes. 

EASY       Servings: 6      Ready In: 20 minutes

Ingredients

Pickling Brine:
1 (14-oz) block extra-firm tofu
1 cup water
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 tsp salt
2 cloves garlic

Marinade:
1 Tbs white miso paste
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 Tbs red wine vinegar
1/4 cup green olives, minced


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Vegan Tofu Feta

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To Prepare the Tofu Feta: First drain the tofu Dice the tofu into bite-sized feta-like chunks

To Brine the Tofu: Combine the tofu chunks, garlic, water, vinegar, and salt in a medium pot. Cover and bring to a simmer over medium-low heat. Simmer 15-20 minutes, stirring a few times during the cooking. 

To make the Marinade: Combine the miso paste, oregano, lemon juice. Add the red wine vinegar. Sherry vinegar also tastes nice in this recipe  
Add the minced olives, green or kalamata. If you're concerned about sodium, you can omit the olives. 
After the tofu has simmered 15-20 minutes, remove from heat. 
Drain the tofu. Immediately toss with the brine. The warmth of the tofu will help it soak up more flavor. 

Let marinade for a day.
Use as a topping over salad, baked potatoes, or pasta. 

Chef's Tips: This is similar to the technique used for traditional Feta, which is a pickled cheese. Just like any pickle, you can experiment with different flavors from dried chilies, extra garlic, herbs like dill and mustard seed, and different vinegars.
Tofu is made from edamame bean curd. Made from soy, it is minimally refined. It is a healthy source of vegetarian protein and linked to reducing heart disease. Most tofu on the market is organic, which means it's free of GMO's.

Read More: Why It's Okay to Eat Soy

Yield: about 3 cups

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 1/6 of a recipe (4.7 ounces, about 1/2 cup).

Amount Per Serving
Calories 78.19
Calories From Fat (50%) 39.05
% Daily Value
Total Fat 4.66g 7%
Saturated Fat 0.48g 2%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 165.85mg 7%
Potassium 109.79mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 3.16g 1%
Fiber 0.74g 3%
Sugar 0.59g
Protein 7.02g 14%
Calcium 6.87mg <1%
Iron 125.62mg 698%
Vitamin A 30.63IU <1%
Vitamin C 0.04mg <1%


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