The High Priestess’s Tofu “Caprese” Salad
The High Priestess rules the subconscious. Highly intuitive, this card is a symbol of femininity and immense access to knowledge. When it comes to food, a chef that can use their intuition when recreating something to fit their dietary needs/preferences, by “lifting the veil” in terms of using kitchen tricks to match flavors in an unexpected way, is very High Priestess of them. And usually, it will just involve the simplest of tweaks. Effortless.
So today we have the High Priestess’s Tofu “Caprese” Salad! (serves 2-4, depends on if you are eating this as a full meal or a side)
It’s the perfect salad for the warmer weather that is approaching (many thanks to the High Priestess Persephone for bringing in the warmth!). If you can’t eat soy, try young coconut meat, or a soy-free vegan mozzarella cheese like Miyoko’s. (obviously, if you eat animal-derived cheese you would use that… but all BON APPETAROT recipes are vegan around these parts.)
1 block extra firm tofu, cut into 1/2 in cubes (drain and press excess water before cubing)
2 cups cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
1 cup fresh basil, loosely torn
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Generous drizzle of balsamic reduction to taste
Sea salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes to taste.
Drain and press any excess water out of the firm tofu. Sometimes wrapping the tofu in a towel and letting it sit for a 1/2 helps get even more out. Cube the tofu into 1/2-1 inch cubes. This tofu is a stand-in for the usual mozzarella cheese in this recipe. Place in a bowl.
Next, chop your tomatoes and add to the bowl. Continue adding the rest of the ingredients, and take a taste to get the right seasoning.
Now you get to enjoy! The High Priestess need not spend all their time in the kitchen, as they love working on their spiritual enlightenment.