A California Panzanella


  • 2 thick slices of hearty multi-grain bread
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra
  • fine-grain sea salt
  • 12- ounce block extra-firm tofu, sliced into 4 slabs
  • 1/3 cups all-natural peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons brown rice or apple cider vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ½ teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/3 to 2/3 cup hot water
  • 1 ½ cups sprouts
  • ½ cup oven-roasted or sun-dried tomatoes


  1. Heat the oven to 375F. Cut the bread into 1-inch cubes, and toss with the olive oil and a generous sprinkling of salt. Bake until golden and crunchy, ten minutes or so.
  2. Brush the tofu with a bit of extra virgin olive oil, place it on a sheet pan and bake, flipping once, until golden on both sides. Seven minutes, or so, on each side. Remove from the oven, cut into ½-inch pieces, and place in a large bowl.

  3. In the meantime, make the peanut dressing by combining the peanut butter, vinegar, garlic, sesame oil, red pepper flakes, and ¼ teaspoon salt into a medium bowl. Thin with the hot water. I like the dressing to be the consistency of thin, melted ice cream. Taste and adjust with more salt, or pepper flakes, if needed.
  4. Just before serving, pour a generous amount of the dressing over the tofu, and toss it gently, but well. It should look quite overdressed at this point. Add the bread and gently toss again. Turn out onto a platter and top with the sprouts and then the tomatoes. Serve at room temperature.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Serves 4


Serves 4 to 6.