Smoked Tofu and Quinoa Salad

Ingredients

2 cups water

3/4 teaspoon salt, divided

1 cup quinoa, rinsed well

1/4 cup lemon juice

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

2 small cloves garlic, minced

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

1 6- or 8-ounce package baked smoked tofu diced

1 small yellow bell pepper, diced

1 cup grape tomatoes, halved

1 cup diced cucumber

1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley

Preparation

Bring water and 1/2 teaspoon salt to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add quinoa and return to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook until the water has been absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes. Spread the quinoa on a baking sheet to cool for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, whisk lemon juice, oil, garlic, the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper in a large bowl. Add the cooled quinoa, tofu, bell pepper, tomatoes, cucumber, parsley and mint; toss well to combine.

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