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Warm Tempeh Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette

Hi friends! How’s your morning going? Thank you so much to those of you have entered the giveaway (now over). Today I have a tempeh recipe that even the Pilot enjoyed! It’s a delicious warm tempeh salad with mustard vinaigrette. Scroll down for the recipe!

Bella has been itching to do something fun – I can tell when she gets cabin fever – so Livi and I took her to the dog park. It was absolutely beautiful – mid 60s! – and there were so many cute and friendly little dogs there. The fellow dog owners got the biggest kick out of Livi – the dogs were cracking her up, so she belly-laughed the whole time we were there.

The best.

dog park with Livi and Bella

Caro is not quite ready for the dog park yet.

Caro kiss

Something random that Livi and I have done a few times lately: Costco. I kind of have an obsession. It makes no sense because Costco is not really a place one should have to visit often -that’s kind of the point of Costco haha- but it’s fun to walk around. Ok, the samples are fun, too. ?

I picked out my snowman of the year and texted a picture to the Pilot.

Costco snowman

In my dream world our entire front yard is illuminated with multiple LED snowmen.

We never get many things -thank goodness- but usually someone will need something from Coscto and meet us there. It’s like a family pizza meeting spot ?

Costco stuff

(Not pictured: Little Mermaid DVD. Livi was holding it and very excited to watch)

It’s funny because some weeks are so challenging, and others feel much easier. Last week was kind of a rough one -lots of things going on- and this week has been so much fun. Some weeks are on, some are off.

Last week, I didn’t get a chance to do much cooking, and this week I’ve been all over it.

Like with this warm tempeh salad:

Tempeh salad

Warm Tempeh Salad

I had a block of tempeh in the fridge and I knew if I didn’t turn it into bacon, nothing would happen with it.


But instead, I decided to use it as the star of a warm salad, flavored with my current favorite salad dressing. It was really quick to put together and came out extremely well.


(Beautiful chard!)

The Pilot was watching a movie while I was cooking, and said, “What are you making in there? It smells amazing.” He even ate a huge bowl of it, which says a lot since he isn’t the biggest tempeh fan.

Tempeh and veggies

I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

warm tempeh salad



Warm tempeh salad with mustard vinaigrette

A savory warm salad, perfect for the chilly autumn months! Feel free to use your favorite protein instead of the tempeh

  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 25
  • Yield: 2 1x



  • 1 block of tempeh, cut into strips
  • 1 red bell pepper, julienned
  • 2 small zucchini, julienned
  • 1 bunch of swiss or rainbow chard (or 2 cups of spinach), ribs removed and leaves pulled into bite-sized pieces
  • Olive oil (or butter), salt, pepper and smoked paprika
  • Olive oil, salt, pepper and smoked paprika

For the vinaigrette

  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon
  • Splash of hot sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper


  1. 1. In a large skillet set to medium heat, add some olive oil or butter and the tempeh. Sprinkle the tempeh slices with salt, pepper and smoked paprika. Cook until browned, at least 3 minutes each side.
  2. 2. While the tempeh is cooking, prepare your vinaigrette by whisking all ingredients in a small bowl.
  3. 3. After the tempeh is browned, push it aside and add a little more oil and the remaining veggies. Cook until the greens have wilted.
  4. 4. While the veggies are sautéing -remember the keep them slightly crisp and not mushy- use your wooden spoon or spatula to break the tempeh into smaller pieces.
  5. 5. Drizzle the vinaigrette on top -I use about 1/2 the mixture and save the rest for salads- and lightly toss.
  6. 6. Quickly transfer to plates and enjoy!


  • Serving Size: 2

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