Makes 4 half pockets
FOR TOFU BITS
Nonstick cooking spray
1 pound extra-ﬁrm tofu, drained, pressed, and cut into ½-inch cubes
2 tablespoons tamari
1½ teaspoons liquid smoke, divided
1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
½ teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon ﬁne sea salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
½ cup cashews, soaked in water for 1 hour, then rinsed and drained
¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons apple juice, or as needed
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon ume plum vinegar
4 cups chopped baby spinach or arugula
¼ cup minced red onion
Two 8-inch pita bread, cut in half 1 small cucumber, sliced
½ cup pomegranate seeds, divided
To make the tofu: Preheat the oven to 400°F. Spray an 8 x 11-inch pan with nonstick spray. Combine the tofu, tamari, 1 teaspoon of the liquid smoke, maple syrup, onion powder, salt, and pepper in the pan. Stir to coat. Bake for 20 minutes, stirring once halfway through. When browned, remove from the oven and add the remaining ½ teaspoon liquid smoke. Let cool before using.
To make the dressing: Combine all the ingredients in a blender. Blend until completely smooth.
To assemble the Sandwiches: Combine the spinach, red onion, and half the dressing in a bowl. Toss to coat. Fill the pockets evenly with the salad and then layer in the cucumber. Fill evenly with the tofu and sprinkle each with 2 tablespoons of pomegranate seeds. Drizzle with the remaining dressing and serve.