There are a few fresh ingredients that are undeniably “summer” to me, and when they’re at the forefront, there’s no need to extraneous ornamentation… the flavors just come out on their own. Peaches and tomatoes are among these, and if you haven’t tried them together, now’s the time.
Grilled Peaches and Tomatoes with Basil Tofu
For the tofu:
1 (340g) package extra-firm tofu, pressed and well-drained
1/3 cup fresh basil, packed
Grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup or agave nectar
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 garlic clove, smashed and finely chopped
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
4 to 6 firm, ripe (but not squishy) peaches, cut in quarters
4 to 6 firm, ripe (but not squishy) tomatoes, cut in quarters
Chopped fresh basil, for garnish
Cut the drained tofu into 3/4-inch cubes Mix the remaining tofu ingredients in a small container. Add tofu and marinate for at least 6 hours.
When ready, heat the barbecue to low. Cover the grill with foil. If your peaches and tomatoes are very firm, you can grill without the foil.
Place the peaches and tomatoes on the foil and grill for about 3 to 5 minutes per side, until beginning to brown, fragrant, and emitting juices. Use tongs to transfer to a serving dish. Place the tofu on the foil. Grill for about 3 minutes per side of the cube, until browned. Top the tomatoes and peaches with the tofu. Garnish with basil. Serve warm.