DIY food: tempeh and lotus root salad with miso dressing

this salad is so good! Joey has a really delicious and quick/easy way of heating up tempeh that it makes it crispy and enhances the nutty flavor. serve it with a miso dressing and it's the ultimate refreshing and nutritious summer salad.

Mr. Kate's Tempeh and Lotus Root Salad with Miso Dressing (vegan)

Prep It (makes two large salads):

  • 1 head of romain lettuce
  • 1 package of tempeh - we usually use the one from Trader Joe's
  • a sploosh of olive oil
  • a sploosh of soy sauce
  • 2 organic persian cucumbers
  • a handful of pearl or cherry tomatoes
  • about a cup of pickled or steamed lotus - it's sold at many Asian markets vacuum-packed in water.
  • dressing: cup of mellow miso (try a white or yellow miso), cup of water, cup of light oil like canola, tablespoon of agave, 2 tablespoons of rice or white vinegar.
DO IT!:
  1. slice your hunk of tempeh horizontally in about 1/4" wide slices
  2. coat a frying pan in a sploosh of olive oil - you're frying the tempeh so around 1 to 2 tablespoons. let your tempeh heat in the oil and start to crisp.
  3. sploosh around a tablespoon of soy sauce into the fry pan with the oil and tempeh and let that brown the tempeh into a nice golden color. remove from heat and let cool a little.
  4. prep your lettuce, slice your cucumber and quarter your lotus root and put them all together in salad bowls with some pearl tomatoes on top.
  5. mix your dressing: 1 cup of mellow miso dissolved by stirring with one cup of water, add 1 cup of canola oil, 1 tablespoon of agave and 2 tablespoons of rice vinegar or white vinegar. mix and serve over your veggies and tempeh!

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