Sweet & Spicy Pasta Salad, Gone Mild for the Dogs

July 26th, 2009 11:14 pm by Kelly Garbato

That’s right; not only do I bake my furkids tofu loafs and casseroles, I also make them pasta salads!

The following dish is based on a recipe I printed off the internets. I’ve long since forgotten from whence it came, but the original is titled “Super Duper Bean Salad.” Which is kind of stupid and nondescript, so I’ve renamed my version “Sweet & Spicy Pasta Salad, Gone Mild.” Mild is good when you’re catering to canine palates, but if you’d like to adapt this recipe for the humans in your household, double (or even triple) the “sauce,” and add some extra spices to taste. (Included in the original recipe – but excluded in my version – are salt and chili powder.) Then you’ll have a truly sweet and spicy dish.

Sweet & Spicy Pasta Salad, Gone Mild

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Ingredients

3 14 to 16 ounce bricks of tofu, firm or extra firm
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon agave nectar
3 tablespoons minced garlic
A dash of black pepper and cumin
4 cups whole wheat pasta, dry
4 cups broccoli florets
4 cups mixed vegetables (peas, corn, carrots, green beans, etc.)
1 cup raw sunflower seeds

Directions

1. Start by pressing the tofu bricks for at least an hour. (Learn how to press tofu like a vegan mofo here.)

2. Cube the tofu bricks and place in a resealable container (i.e., wherever you’ll be storing the leftovers).

3. Combine the red wine vinegar, olive oil, lime and lemon juice, agave nectar and minced garlic in a large measuring cup. Whisk until blended and add the black pepper and cumin to taste.

4. Add the sauce to the resealable container and mix with the tofu. Let sit for at least an hour, so the pressed tofu can absorb the sauce.

5. Cook the pasta according to directions. When done, add to the tofu and sauce and mix well.

6. Toss in the broccoli florets, mixed vegetables and sunflower seeds and mix well.

7. Chill and serve cold or at room temperature on a hot day. Or, warm it in the microwave – assuming your furkids can wait!

Optional: You can also substitute in other veggies, such as cauliflower, black beans, peppers – whatever your heart desires. Likewise, adjust the amount and sweetness/spiciness of the sauce to suit your tastes.

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