Penne, Crispy Tofu, and Green Bean Salad

Randy Mayor; Jan Gautro

A light vinaigrette tossed with pasta, fresh produce at peak season, and sautéed tofu made this salad a hit in our Test Kitchens.

Yield: 8 servings (serving size: 1 1/2 cups)
Recipe from Cooking Light

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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 187
  • Calories from fat: 26%
  • Fat: 5.4g
  • Saturated fat: 0.7g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 2.2g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 2g
  • Protein: 8.9g
  • Carbohydrate: 27.1g
  • Fiber: 2.4g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0mg
  • Iron: 4.5mg
  • Sodium: 101mg
  • Calcium: 78mg

Ingredients

  • Salad:
  • 1 (15-ounce) package extra-firm tofu, drained and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 cups uncooked penne pasta (8 ounces tube-shaped pasta)
  • 2 cups (2-inch) cut green beans (about 8 ounces)
  • 2 cups halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh or 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • Dressing:
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed

Preparation

  1. To prepare salad, pat tofu cubes dry with a paper towel. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add tofu; sauté 5 minutes, browning on all sides. Remove from pan; chill 30 minutes.
  2. Cook pasta in boiling water for 5 minutes; add beans, and cook an additional 5 minutes. Drain. Rinse with cold water, and drain. Combine tofu, pasta mixture, tomatoes, and dill in a large bowl.
  3. To prepare dressing, combine vinegar and remaining ingredients in a jar; cover tightly, and shake vigorously. Pour dressing over salad; toss well to coat. Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes.
Note:

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