Grilled Vegetable and Tofu Lasagna with Pesto

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    Make the marinade by heating oil, lemon zest, and garlic in a small saucepan until bubbling around the edges. Remove from heat, and let cool completely.
    Stir in lemon juice. Season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
    To make the pesto, puree pine nuts and garlic in a food processor until a paste forms. Add basil, and pulse to combine. With machine running, pour in oil through feed tube until pureed. Season with salt and pepper.
    Heat grill to medium. Assemble the lasagna by arranging tofu on a double layer of paper towels. Cover with another double layer of paper towels, then cover with a baking sheet. Weigh it down with 2 cans or something else equally heavy. Let stand for 20 minutes.
    Meanwhile, brush zucchini and squash slices with oil, and season with 2 teaspoons salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Grill, flipping occasionally, until softened and slightly charred, about 8 minutes. Remove from grill.
    Whisk marinade, and drizzle half of it generously over zucchini and squash slices.
    Repeat with tofu and remaining marinade, flipping occasionally, until nicely charred, about 3 minutes. Let cool slightly. Slice tofu horizontally into 1/8-inch-thick sheets (they will be layered, so don't worry if they fall apart).
    Lay 3 slices each of zucchini and squash on a platter to form a 6 1/2-by-8-inch rectangle. Spread 3 tablespoons pesto over tops. Cover with a layer of tofu, and season with salt and pepper. Top with a layer of tomatoes, and season with salt and pepper. Top with 6 large basil leaves. Repeat layering twice (zucchini and squash, pesto, tofu, tomatoes, basil).
    Serve cold or at room temperature.


    For the marinade:
    3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
    6 strips lemon zest, at 1x4 inches
    1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
    3 garlic cloves, crushed
    coarse salt
    ground pepper

    For the pesto:
    1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted
    1 small garlic clove
    2 cup fresh basil
    1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
    coarse salt
    ground pepper

    For assembling the lasagna:
    1 package (14 ounce) extra-firm tofu, sliced lengthwise 1-inch thick
    5 zucchini and yellow summer squashes, trimmed and sliced lengthwise about 1/4-inch thick
    extra-virgin olive oil, for brushing
    coarse salt
    ground pepper
    2 medium tomatoes, sliced 1/4-inch thick
    18 large basil leaves

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    Prep Time

    60 min

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