Grilled tofu and sun dried tomato pesto Sandwich!


Time really flies, isn’t it? I cannot believe it is already August. Does that ring bells for fall around the corner? Yes, it does. Can’t wait for summer to get over, I am just tired of high heat and humidity around here in Nashville. Every time when I want to do food photography, I have to go in my patio and that is killing me these days because of heat. It’s really crazy. So besides heat do I love summer? Yes, I do. I get to see sunlight for long hours and get to eat some of my favorite produces. Like mango, corn, tomatoes, zucchini, squash, watermelon…wow I will really miss summer for all these!

Talking about summer, Food network’s summer fest is back and I am excited to participate along with few other fellow bloggers. Every week they give one ingredient which has to be the hero of the dish we create and today’s hero is “Tomatoes”! I enjoy summer fest especially because it really pushes me to try out new things and get out of my comfort zone. Last year I made Tomato ice cream for the summer fest and this year I tried making Tomato truffles but recipe is still under progress. I will post it if I am happy with the end results.

But for now I decided to share my favorite quick and easy “Sun dried tomato pesto Sandwich with grilled tofu and vegetables”. I normally make this sandwich with regular basil pesto but I thought to switch the ingredients a bit and it actually worked well. Sun dried tomato pesto is my all time favorite alternative to regular basil pesto. It is tangy, tomaty and I love the texture of it.

This is very easy to make recipe. The important step here is to marinate the tofu with the pesto so it absorbs the flavors. Then grill it along with other summer vegetables like here I used eggplant, onion, red pepper etc… So here’s what you need for this yummy sandwich.

Grilled tofu and sun-dried tomato pesto grilled sandwich.

Yields: 4 Sandwiches

Total time: About ½ hour and another ½ hour for marination


  • 1 pound firm or extra firm tofu, drained and cut into 8 slices (2 for each sandwich)
    ½ cup Sun dried tomato pesto (Recipe follows)
    1 Red bell pepper, thick slices
  • Few thick slices of Eggplant
  • ½ Red onion, thick slices
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • EVOO to grill the sandwich
  • 8 slices of good cheese, I used Jalapeno jack and mozzarella (use whatever you have available)
  • 8 slices of any whole grain bread of your choice


Prepare tofu to marinate. Drain well and in a flat glass tray rub tofu with sun-dried tomato pesto and let it marinate till you prepare other vegetables.

Cut the vegetables, season it with salt and pepper and grill using bit EVOO. Charcoal grill is best but in this heat I preferred to stay inside and use my iron pan to grill it on gas. I did not get grilled marks but the taste was good.

Once you are done grilling vegetables, on the same pan grill marinated tofu and grill till you get those charred marks.

Now it is time to assemble the sandwich. Spread some pesto on each slices of bread. Layer it with cheese, tofu, vegetables and cheese. Cover the sandwich with other slice of bread and grill the sandwich either on sandwich maker or in a same pan you grilled vegetables.


Sun dried tomato Pesto recipe:

Total time: 10 minutes

Yields: 1 1/2 cups


  • 1 cup of sun-dried tomatoes packed in olive oil or else add 1/2 cup of EVOO
  • 2 garlic cloves (Add more if you really love garlic)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves packed or 1/4 cup dried basil
  • 2 Tbsp roasted pine nuts or walnuts
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan

Blend the sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, pine nuts, salt and pepper and basil in a food processor and blend until the tomatoes are finely chopped. Stir in the Parmesan and blend once.

Transfer the tomato mixture to a bowl and use as required. Or you can even store it in a refrigerator for a week or so.

P.S. I figured that I really suck at taking pictures of sandwiches. I just cannot get the right angle. How do you do it? I would love to learn if you have anything to share about it.

Also check out what my fellow bloggers made out of tomatoes this time! Fun, fun!

Cooking With Elise: Fresh Tomato Sauce
Jeanette’s Healthy Living: Tomato Gazpacho Salsa
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Tomato Cobbler Anyone?
Virtually Homemade: Spaghetti With Tomatoes, Prosciutto and Fresh Corn
What’s Gaby Cooking: Chicken Kebabs With Romesco Sauce
Big Girls, Small Kitchen: Salmon Spaghetti With Plum Tomatoes and Avocado
Feed Me Phoebe: Roasted Fresh Tomato Puttanesca Sauce
Chez Us: Easy Tomato Tart
Made By Michelle: Tomato and Pesto Pizza
Ingredients, Inc.: Lighter Fried Green Tomatoes
Delicious Lean: Creamy Light Tuna Salad Stuffed Tomatoes
Daily*Dishin: Spicy Tomato-Tomatillo Chicken Tenders
From My Corner of Saratoga: Tomato Jam
Dishin & Dishes: Tomato Zucchini Frittata
And Love It Too: Roasted Garlic, Basil and Tomato Paleo Tart
Healthy Eats: The Fresh-for-Once Tomato
Sweet Life Bake: Pico de Gallo
Zaika Zabardast: Grilled Tofu and Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Sandwich
Thursday Night Dinner: Tomato and Watermelon Salad
Cooking Channel: How to Prepare Summer Tomatoes
FN Dish: Tomatoes Go Beyond Salads