Fresh Pesto & Tofu Sandwich with Balsamic Glaze (high-protein)

We all know that pesto makes everything taste amazing and this high-protein version is no different. Put together with marinated tofu, antipasti and a balsamic glaze, you’ve got a super tasty way of reaching your protein goals.

Gluten free
Wheat free
Quick meal
Kids recipe

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Preparation time

10 min

Cook time

10 min

Total time



  • mains
  • lunches





  • 280g/10 oz marinated or smoked tofu, sliced into 0.5cm slices (use gluten-free if needed)

Quick White Bean & Walnut Pesto

  • ½ x tin white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 60g/2 oz basil, large stalks removed (or use combination of fresh herbs)
  • 60g/2 oz walnuts, pine nuts or ground almonds
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper

Bread/optional fillings

  • 6 wholemeal rolls (use gluten-free if needed)
  • Selection of antipasti (eg capers, sun-dried tomatoes, roasted peppers, artichokes, chargrilled aubergine)
  • Avocado, sliced
  • Rocket
  • Balsamic glaze



  1. Using a medium-sized frying pan, fry the tofu with a light sprinkling of salt on both sides until golden (use oil spray if reducing fat). While the tofu is frying, make the pesto.


  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor or high-speed blender and blitz until you achieve your desired consistency.

Bread/optional fillings

  1. Divide the pesto, tofu and fillings evenly between the rolls and finish off with a drizzle of balsamic glaze.

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