With summer approaching, the tomatoes in the super market have been looking better and better. When those delicious, juicy tomatoes enter the market, I could not say no. Heirloom tomatoes or beefsteak tomatoes are my personal favorite for caprese. If you have access to either of these, I would highly recommend using them in this delightful appetizer or side dish.

Chopped vegan caprese salad

Serves: 2
Time: 15 minutes

Chopped Vegan Caprese Salad Recipe

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1/4 package extra firm tofu
  • 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp sweet basil

Wash and cut your tomatoes into bite-size chunks. Then take your 1/4 package of extra firm tofu and make sure to pat it dry to remove all excess moisture. Cut this into bite-size chunks as well. Set both of these aside for now.

Now in a bowl add in your 1/2 teaspoon of minced garlic, 1/2 teaspoon of balsamic vinegar, 1/4 teaspoon of olive oil, and finally the one teaspoon of sweet basil. I used dried sweet basil but you could definitely use fresh basil from the market as well. Once this is all mixed well, gently add in your tofu chunks and tomato chunks to the mixture. For the best flavor, let this sit for about 5 to 10 minutes so that the tomatoes and tofu can absorb all the flavors and oils. You can let it sit out at room temperature or put it in the fridge for a chilled chopped vegan caprese salad.

After you’ve let this sit for the appropriate time, enjoy with another side dish or a main dish of your choice. I personally ate this with lemon roasted brussel sprouts and called it dinner!

Nutrition Facts

Caprese nutrition facts

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In one serving of this chopped vegan caprese salad appetizer, you are consuming 87 calories and 4 grams of fat. You are also getting 353 milligrams of potassium and 7 grams of protein. Additionally, this will give you 7 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram from dietary fiber.

In terms of vitamins and minerals, one serving of this appetizer will give you 6% of your daily vitamin B-6, 15% of your daily vitamin A, and 21% of your daily vitamin C. Additionally, you will be getting 6% of your daily calcium, 8% of your daily iron, 13% of your daily magnesium, as well as 34% of your daily manganese.

The complete nutrition facts can be seen in the images above and have been calculated using Sparks Recipe Calculator.