Let me preface this by saying I’m not big into fruit in things. However, when I saw this new pineapple salsa on sale at Trader Joe’s for only $1.99, I challenged myself to get creative with it. It seemed like such a good deal! Part of my issue with fruit in things is that I don’t love mixing sweet and savory things. My solution: use tofu. It’s neither sweet nor savory on it’s own so by using it as the protein, the sweet-ish pineapple salsa wouldn’t be competing with ultra savory flavors. Now, it’s tofu taco time.
First, lay a block of extra firm tofu on paper towels to get out the moisture (15 minutes). When that’s done, cut the block into strips. Think about strips of chicken when you eat fajitas…only tofu. Place the blocks in a ziplock bag along with the pineapple salsa and let it marinate. So…we took out the moisture to put more back in? Yea, sure, whatever.
PS – I think this works best when the salsa has a little kick to it so if your pineapple salsa is on the mild side, add some jalapeno. Also, if your fruit salsa (I say “fruit” instead of “pineapple” because mango would totally work) is on the dry/chunkier side, maybe give it the blender treatment for a hot sec so it can better be used as a marinade for the tofu.
When you’re ready to start cooking, let the strips get golden brown in a pan with a little olive oil. That’s all the cooking. Now you just have to assemble (very minimal chopping required, promise) and enjoy. Serve in corn tortillas with bell pepper slices, avocado, and crumbled goat cheese.
I like leaving the bell pepper raw because I like the crunch it lends to a taco that’s otherwise filled with softer textures. Also, I know goat cheese isn’t standard Mexican queso, but the tanginess goes well with the pineapple. I love that this Trader Joe’s pineapple salsa isn’t too sweet or fruity. It gave the tofu just the right amount of flavor and didn’t fight with the other toppings. I found it to be a pretty mild salsa so I added a few dashes of hot sauce before eating (sorry you can’t see that in the pic) and that definitely made this taste more like a taco despite the non-traditional goat cheese.
Though my beau didn’t eat this because tofu weirds him out and it’s “not real food”, I can safely say this was very filling – almost surprisingly so. If soy doesn’t pose a problem for you (I know some folks need to be careful of estrogen levels), this is a great way to healthfully participate in the fabulous weekly holiday that is Taco Tuesday.