Spicy Tofu Rice Bowl (CAVA copycat)
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Serves: 4-6 servings
What You'll Need
  • 4 cups cooked basmati rice (I cooked mine in chicken broth according to the package instructions)
  • ½ cup cilantro
  • 1 package extra firm tofu
  • Hummus
  • 1 can garbanzo beans
  • The juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • ¼ cup tahini (sesame paste)
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • Toppings
  • 1 container store bought harissa (if you don't have access to this or want to make your own, here is a great tried-and-true recipe)
  • 1 cucumber, deseeded and finely diced
  • 1 tomato diced
  • Pickled Red Onion
  • ½ red onion thinly sliced
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • Harissa Dressing
  • 2 tbs. harissa
  • ½ cup plain greek yogurt
  • 2 tbs. almond milk
  1. Hummus
  2. Add all of the hummus ingredients to a food processor. Blend until completely smooth. Remove from the food processor, transfer to a bowl and place in the fridge to chill.
  3. Harissa Dressing
  4. In the same food processor (I simply rinsed mine out beforehand), combine all of the harissa dressing ingredients and blend until smooth. Place in either a squeeze bottle or a small bowl and place in the fridge to chill.
  5. Tofu
  6. Open the tofu and drain the excess liquid. Pat dry with a paper towel. Cut into bite-sized cubes then place in a large ziploc bag. Add about 2-3 tbs. of the harissa dressing and gently massage with your hands until all of the tofu is coated. Let sit for about 10 minutes.
  7. To cook, add to a pan over a medium-high heat and sear on all sides. This should take about 3 minutes per side.
  8. Remove from heat.
  9. Pickled Onion
  10. Bring a medium-sized pot filled ¾ with water to a boil. Add the sliced onion and let cook for 15 seconds. Immediately strain and douse with ice-cold water. Place in a tupperware container and add the vinegar. Place in the fridge to chill for at least 15-20 minutes before serving.
  11. To serve:
  12. Roughly chop the cilantro and fold into the rice.
  13. Top with tofu, pickled onion, a scoop of harissa, a scoop of hummus, diced cucumber, diced tomato, and drizzle with the harissa dressing.
Recipe by The Blonde Chef at https://www.theblondechef.com/spicy-tofu-rice-bowl-cava-copycat/