16 September 2010

tempeh deli salad

This week has been a very long work week for The Dude (going to start switching up the nicknames from now on).  He's been leaving while I'm still in bed, or at least still puttering around in my PJs, and coming home right when I'm about to get back in bed.  So we tried to at least stock up on meals-to-go and snacks to bring on 15 hour days.  I found this recipe on The Kitchn, which is the food section spin-off of Apartment Therapy.  I'm really hooked on this blog; just about every day I bookmark a recipe or tip or how-to.  This one was supposed to be vegan, but I used regular mayo in the dressing.  And then I put it in a whole-wheat wrap with baby spinach and feta.

Tempeh Deli Salad
Adapted from The Kitchn

For the dressing:
  • 3 tablespoons mayo
  • 2 tablespoons mustard
  • 4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
For the salad:
  • 16 ounces tempeh, chopped into small cubes
  • One 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed under cold water
  • 2 small carrots, shredded
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
  1. The original recipe didn't call for cooking the tempeh, but I steamed it in water (enough to cover) with a dash of soy sauce for about 10 minutes.  I've learned that boiling it helps get rid of the bitter taste tempeh sometimes has.
  2. Then whisk together all dressing ingredients until combined. 
  3. Place chickpeas, tempeh, carrot, and sunflower seeds into a medium-sized bowl, and toss with the dressing. Add salt and pepper to taste. Stir in fresh basil.
  4. As I tossed the salad together a lot of the tempeh crumbled, which turned out to make it even more delicious, so I may just crumble the it up completely next time before adding it in.
It makes 4 servings, but we got at least one wrap, one spinach salad and 3 side dishes out of it.  Plus a few extra nibbles.


  1. Just remember - the dude abides. White Russians anyone?

  2. YUM! this looks delicious! I'm currently on a mission to eat as healthy and close to raw as possible...and this look great. Thanks for posting!


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