Spicy Peanut Noodle Salad With Tofu
4 cups broccoli florets
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
8-ounce block marinated and baked tofu (check the refrigerated Asian section at the grocer)
6.2-ounce package soba noodles
2/3 cup natural peanut butter
1/4 cup soy sauce
3 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
1-inch chunk fresh ginger
2 garlic cloves
Hot sauce, to taste
2 scallions, chopped
1/4 cup chopped roasted peanuts
Heat the grill to medium. Check the grates of your grill to see whether the broccoli florets are likely to fall through. If so, line a small baking sheet or metal roasting pan with foil, then mist with cooking spray.
In a medium bowl, combine the broccoli florets and about 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Toss until evenly coated. Season with salt and pepper.
Place the tofu slabs on the grill. Carefully transfer the broccoli to the grill, either directly on the grates or on the prepared baking sheet or roasting pan. Grill the broccoli for 3 minutes, the tofu for 8 minutes, or until the broccoli is lightly charred and the tofu is nicely seared. Transfer everything to a baking sheet in a single layer. Place in the refrigerator to cool.
While the broccoli and tofu cool, bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil. Add the soba noodles and cook for 5 minutes, or until just tender. Drain well, then transfer to the baking sheet in the refrigerator to cool.
Meanwhile, prepare the peanut sauce. In a blender, combine the peanut butter, soy sauce, water, rice vinegar, ginger and garlic. Blend until smooth. Add a splash of hot sauce, blend, taste and adjust with additional hot sauce, if desired.
When the tofu, broccoli and noodles have cooled, transfer the tofu to a cutting board and cut into bite-size chunks. Transfer the noodles to a large bowl and drizzle the peanut sauce over them. Toss to coat evenly. Add the tofu and broccoli and mix gently. Garnish with chopped scallions and peanuts. Makes 6 servings.
Per serving: 420 calories (52 percent from fat), 24 g fat (4 g saturated, 0 trans fats), 0 cholesterol, 37 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 7 g sugar, 21 g protein, 1,330 mg sodium.