Grilled Vegetable Pasta Salad

Whole-wheat pasta and garden-fresh vegetables make this meatless salad a deliciously healthy option for dinner. 

Ingredients

  • 7 ounces extra-firm tofu
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, cut lengthwise in half and seeded
  • 1 large yellow squash, cut in half lengthwise
  • 1/2 pound asparagus spears, trimmed
  • 4 ounces baby portobello mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat balsamic dressing, divided
  • 1/4 cup snipped fresh basil leaves
  • 2 cups uncooked whole wheat rotini pasta
  • 1 ounce (1/4 cup) grated fresh Parmesan cheese (optional)

Directions

  1. Prepare grill for direct cooking over medium coals. Using Chef's Knife, slice tofu lengthwise into 1/2-inch slices. Brush tofu and vegetables with 1/4 cup of the dressing using Chef's Silicone Basting Brush. Snip basil using Professional Shears; set aside.

  2. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions in (4-qt.) Casserole; drain and keep warm.

  3. Lightly grease grid of grill. Place tofu and vegetables on grid of grill. Grill mushrooms 5-7 minutes and bell pepper, squash, asparagus and tofu 10-12 minutes, turning occasionally with BBQ Tongs. Remove vegetables and tofu from grill.

  4. Cut vegetables and tofu into bite-size pieces; place in large Bamboo Fiber Mixing Bowl. Add pasta, basil and remaining dressing; mix gently. Grate Parmesan cheese over salad using Rotary Grater; toss gently. Serve warm or at room temperature.  

Yield:

  • 4  servings

Nutrients per serving:

Calories 290 (28% from fat), Total Fat 9 g, Saturated Fat 3 g, Cholesterol 5 mg, Carbohydrate 35 g, Protein 18 g, Sodium 600 mg, Fiber 8 g 

U.S. Diabetic exchanges per serving:

2 starch, 1 low-fat meat, 1 vegetable, 1 fat (2 carb) 

Cook's Tips:

Tofu, also known as bean curd, is low in fat and high in protein, making it a good substitute for meat in recipes such as stir-frys.  

Chinese-style tofu, which is firmer than Japanese tofu, is the best choice for this recipe. It is firmer and will not fall apart during grilling.

If the tofu you purchased was packaged in water, blot extra moisture from the tofu using paper towels.

To trim asparagus, snap off and discard tough stem ends.

Whole wheat pasta is a good source of dietary fiber. Rotini pasta can be substituted for the whole wheat rotini, if desired.

 

 

 

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