Throw Tofu on the Grill This Summer

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Add smoky, charred flavor to tofu.

Firm tofu is ideal for the grill, because it holds its shape and gets nicely smoky. From tofu "steaks" to amazing bbq-style sandwiches, here are seven awesome ways to use grilled tofu.

1. Grilled Tofu with Asparagus and Nori Vinaigrette

Chef Lee Ann Wong plays with an array of Asian ingredients to create a wonderful marinated for extra-firm tofu or high-fiber tempeh.

2. Grilled Marinated Tofu with Citrus Salsa

This dish is all about the contrast of sharp and bright citrus salsa and marinade against the mild, spongy tofu.

3. Grilled Tofu Steaks with Piquillo Salsa Verde

Smoky grilled tofu is excellent with this tangy salsa prepared with piquillo peppers, capers and parsley.

4. Spiced-Tofu Sandwiches

This delicious sandwich features grilled tofu rubbed with a simple paste made with oil and robust spices.

5. Grilled Tofu and Heirloom Tomato Salad

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This grilled vegetarian dish is a great template for a light summer meal. Don't worry if you can't find the right vegetables: Use whatever is fresh and in season and you can't go wrong.

6. Glazed Tofu Sandwiches with Jicama Slaw

Tofu doesn't sound like a reasonable substitute for steak, but when it's pressed until firm, then glazed with a sweet, spicy sauce and topped with a crisp slaw of jicama and carrots, you won't miss the meat.

7. Chile-Rubbed Tofu with Fried Potatoes and Tomato Sauce

"I get this awesome tofu from a farm about an hour north of Chicago," says chef Ryan Poli. Inspired by the flavors of both Spain and Latin America, he marinates the tofu with chiles and serves it alongside patatas bravas (crispy fried potatoes) and a tomato sauce flavored with smoked paprika.

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