This Italian-inspired vegan antipasto salad recipe hardly qualifies as “ugly”. It’s completely gorgeous, which is just so Italian. Italians have a way of making everything beautiful. And while it may not be a traditional antipasto (an appetizer that includes meats, cheeses, pickled vegetables, olives, artichokes, etc), it’s a delicious, fresh and herbaceous vegan Italian salad!
While it may not be fresh mozzarella, marinaded tofu does it’s best to be a tasty addition to this salad. All in all, this vegan antipasto salad makes a fantastic meal, or could also be paired successfully with other Italian favorites, like Sicilian Eggplant Crostini, Orange Zest and Fennel Risotto, or Gnocchi with Swiss Chard and Tomatoes.
This vegan Italian salad serves ~4-6. For a variation, add some pepperoncini. I love it with a big piece of garlic bread on the side.
Vegan Antipasto Salad
14 ounce extra firm tofu, cut into cubes
Olive oil, to drizzle
½ cup (+ more to drizzle) red wine vinegar
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried basil
¾ tsp salt
4 cups torn fresh spinach
4 cups torn romaine lettuce
½ cup chopped jarred roasted red peppers packed in oil (drain the oil)
1 cup mixed pitted olives
1 cup grilled artichoke hearts packed in oil, oil drained (I used Cynara Grilled Artichoke Hearts)
1 cup halved grape tomatoes
Vegan parmesan, to top – optional
1. First, you’ll bake the tofu for the antipasto salad. Move your oven rack to the highest position inside your oven. Preheat oven to BROIL on HIGH. Drizzle an 8″ X 8″ pan with olive oil, and then toss the tofu in it until well coated. Arrange the tofu in a single layer (see photo above). Place in the oven and broil for ~10 minutes, or until it gets golden on the top. Keep an eye on it to make sure it does not burn.
2. While your tofu is broiling, put together the marinade. Add red wine vinegar, basil, oregano, and salt in a mixing bowl. Whisk together until the salt dissolves.
3. After removing tofu from the oven, immediately toss it in the marinade until well coated. Then, put it in the refrigerator without a lid for, at least, 20 minutes or until the tofu is completely cool.
4. While you are waiting on the tofu to marinade and cool, assemble the Italian salad. Toss the spinach and romaine together in a very large mixing bowl.
5. On top of the spinach and romaine, add a row of roasted red peppers, a row of olives, a row of artichokes, a row of grape tomatoes and finally, a row of the cooled tofu.
6. Drizzle red wine vinegar and some additional olive oil over the top of the entire antipasto salad. You can also use a little of the oil in the jar with the artichokes or olives, if you want a little extra seasoning. Sprinkle with salt, black pepper and vegan parmesan (if using). Serve.