Tofu is one of the most versatile foods around. This high-protein soy product can be used for appetizers, entrees, desserts, sauces and condiments. You can eat tofu for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It seems the only people who don’t like tofu are those who had the unfortunate experience of eating it when it wasn’t prepared well. Cooking with tofu is easy but there are some tricks and tips to doing it well. We have lots of articles to help you master the art of tofu. Check out 6 Tips that Will Make You Love Tofu, 7 Tips to Make the Perfect Tofu Dish, and 10 Easy Tips to Troubleshoot Tofu Recipes for everything you need to know.
In addition to these primers on cooking with tofu, we have awesome informative articles on specific tofu topics. Want to make tofu as crispy as the restaurants do? Learn The Secret to Making the Crispiest Tofu for All Your Dishes. Find out How to Make Perfect Baked Tofu and Tips for Making Killer Tofu Scrambles. Confused about how to make a tasty marinade? Get 6 Fantastic Marinades for Tofu that Will Make Your Taste Buds Dance. Need more exciting and exotic recipes? See 10 Ways to Cook Tofu with Global Flavors. Want even more? You got it. Here are 15 light and tantalizing ways to enjoy tofu this summer. You’re welcome.
1. Spicy Tofu Scramble Stuffed Mushrooms
Two favorite dishes come together to make these Spicy Tofu Scramble Stuffed Mushrooms. Mixed with delicious veggies and spiced with smoked paprika and curry powder, this is a great dish for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
2. Frittata With Swiss Chard and Red Pepper
This Frittata with Swiss Chard and Red Pepper is the perfect consistency between a quiche without crust and an omelet. Instead of egg, it is made with extra firm tofu and filled with deliciously fresh ingredients bursting with flavor and perfect for a light summer meal.
3. Tofu Piccata
Tofu Piccata is a compassionate version of the classic Italian dish. The tofu is cooking in a light sauce of vegan butter, white wine, lemons, garlic, parsley and capers. It’s bright, light and delicious.
4. Summery Tofu Salad With Green Beans, Fresh Herbs, and Sesame Dressing
Sara B. Allen
This Summery Tofu Salad has all the bright, fresh, tangy flavors of summer. It’s made with green beans, fresh herbs and tofu marinated in a tasty sesame dressing. No cooking required for a cool summer dish.
5. Baked Tofu Caesar Sandwich
If you can’t decide between a salad and a sandwich, have both with this Baked Tofu Caesar Sandwich. Made with a homemade vegan Caesar dressing and homemade walnut parmesan, this baked tofu sandwich is light and satisfying.
6. Sesame Cabbage Salad With Coconut Crusted Tofu
This Sesame Cabbage Salad has savory toasted sesame oil, sweet mango and salty, smoky coconut bacon. It’s topped with coconut crusted baked tofu for a satisfying, healthy meal with the flavors of summer.
7. Macadamia Crusted Tofu
You can have a dish that’s light and satisfying at the same time like this Macadamia Crusted Tofu. Crunchy and nutritious macadamia nuts encrust creamy tahini marinated tofu. Serve it alongside some simple steamed greens or a bed of rice for a perfect, satisfying meal.
8. Avocado Tofu Salad
The Natural Epicurean
This Avocado Tofu Salad is light, refreshing and delicious. Mix it all together or use a mold to make the avocado base and top with cubed tofu for a meal that’s also a work of art.
9. Asparagus Tofu Tartines With Light Hollandaise Sauce
A classic brunch dish gets a makeover to become a light meal that won’t weigh you down in summer. These Asparagus Tofu Tartines are made with vegan bacon, fresh asparagus and a creamy tofu scramble. A lightened up vegan hollandaise sauce adds lots of flavor without being too rich.
10. Spicy Romaine Summer Rolls With Peanut Sauce
These Romaine Summer Rolls have it all. Spicy sauteed tofu, savory shitake mushrooms, crunchy bean sprouts, carrots and cabbage and a creamy peanut sauce all wrapped in healthy, light romaine lettuce.
11. Ultimate Teriyaki Stir-Fry
Stir-fries are one of the quickest and easiest dishes to cook and this Ultimate Stir-Fry will be at the top of your list. It’s filled with lots of fresh, crunchy vegetables, savory baked tofu and a homemade teriyaki sauce that’s better than anything you can get from take-out.
12. Frozen Pretzel Peanut Butter Bites
These are the perfect no-fuss treat for summer. These Frozen Pretzel Peanut Butter Bites have a salty, crunchy pretzel layer, a creamy peanut butter layer and a rich chocolate layer that’s made with silken tofu. These will melt quickly but they probably won’t last long enough to find out.
13. Key Lime or Lemon Lime Bars
Bryanna Clark Grogan
These Key Lime or Lemon Lime Bars are spectacular! An easy summer dessert to serve to non-vegans, who “will never know” there’s tofu in it! It’s excellent any time of the year as a light ending to an Asian, Caribbean, Indian, or Mediterranean meal.
14. Tiramisu Brownies
Nikki and Zuzana
What’s better than dessert? How about two desserts in one? These Tiramisu Brownies are sure to be a crowd pleaser. The brownie is dense and fudgy with an intense chocolatey flavor and hint of coffee. Only to be topped off with a creamy tofu “cheesecake” that will fool everyone.
15. Strawberry Pie With Chocolate Drizzle
Put together fresh summer strawberries, tofu and 20 minutes that don’t involve baking and you get this beautiful Strawberry Pie with Chocolate Drizzle. You’ll want to bring this to all your summer get-togethers. Just be ready for all the oohs and aahs.
There you have 15 incredibly delicious tofu dishes that are light, refreshing, satisfying and perfect for hot summer days and nights.
Lead image source: Sesame Cabbage Salad With Coconut Crusted Tofu