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. Keep ’em coming!

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.

Dp with bell

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. πŸ˜‰

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 πŸ™‚

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:

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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.

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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.

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(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.

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I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

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Warm tempeh salad with mustard vinaigrette
Serves 2
A savory warm salad, perfect for the chilly autumn months! Feel free to use your favorite protein instead of the tempeh
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
  1. 1 block of tempeh, cut into strips
  2. 1 red bell pepper, julienned
  3. 2 small zucchini, julienned
  4. 1 bunch of swiss or rainbow chard (or 2 cups of spinach), ribs removed and leaves pulled into bite-sized pieces
  5. Olive oil (or butter), salt, pepper and smoked paprika
  6. Olive oil, salt, pepper and smoked paprika
For the vinaigrette
  1. 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  2. 1/2 cup canola oil
  3. 1 tablespoon honey
  4. 2 cloves minced garlic
  5. 1 tablespoon Dijon
  6. Splash of hot sauce
  7. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  8. 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 sautΓ©ing -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!
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  1. I have yet to try cooking with tempeh, but this recipe is really making me want to try it out. Yum!

  2. I’m not a tempeh fan either but it does look good!!!

  3. I’ve never tried tempeh, but the dressing looks super yummy!

  4. I’ve never tried tempeh…not sure my husband would go for it πŸ˜‰

    Also, are those squeeze pouches with chia seeds mixed into fruit/veggies? My 3 year old loves the applesauce pouches but these look great with the chia seeds in them. I will have to get to Costco ASAP!

    • Fitnessista says:

      yes! the ones i bought were strawberry banana. liv LOVES them, and i love them stirred into goat greek yogurt

  5. I love stir fried tempeh, it tastes so amazing. Same with when it’s baked. Can’t get enough.
    Especially with all these warming veggies, I bet it’s awesome.

  6. mmm, that dressing sounds delicious and versatile!

  7. That tempeh salad looks so good! I am totally with you on the on/off weeks. Some weeks I am all over things and super productive and everything is going swimmingly and other weeks it’s a struggle to get even one thing on my to do list done. Oh well, I guess that’s life! πŸ™‚

  8. Yaara Leve says:

    That looks delish! I might try that with fish or chicken. I’m not a huge soy fan.

  9. This sounds delicious! I am a big time fan of tempeh, and I LOVE finding new recipes to utilize it in. Tempeh is so underrated!

  10. i’ve never cooked with tempeh before (i’ve only tried it at a vegan restaurant), but this warm salad looks so delicious and satisfying! it doesn’t hurt that i’m currently on the biggest zucchini kick either πŸ˜‰

  11. I love tempeh but never know what to do with it!

  12. This is the first I have heard of tempeh. That dressing sounds amazing. I love to have an easy to make at home dressing rather than the store bought bottles.

  13. Ahh too cute, The Little Mermaid is the movie I used to always watch with my mom!

  14. Livi is such a cutie! And that tempeh looks really good. I never know what to do with it….now I do!

  15. Am I the only one who doesn’t know what tempeh is?

    • No, because I was wondering the same thing!

      • Fitnessista says:

        i feel bad- i should have included a little blurb about what the heck it is! tempeh is made using fermented soybeans. it’s an awesome veggie protein option and has a mild, nutty taste. it works great in any recipe you’d usually use ground meat

  16. That salad looks great — simple & delicious!

  17. Between the Chia Squeeze and The Little Mermaid, I am quite envious of your Costco purchases πŸ˜‰

  18. The only time I can ever get to Costco, since I work all day, is on the weekends. The massive amounts of people that randomly stop in the middle of the aisles for no obvious reasons make me border-line homicidal.

  19. I use to pretend I was Ariel at the pool and hold myself up on the side and sing ” Part of Your World”. The joy’s of childhood!

  20. I’ve challenged myself to a month as a vegan and I’m struggling 6 days in! Will definitely give this a shot (with maple syrup instead of honey).. looks delicious, thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  21. Did you get the tempeh at Costco?

  22. Kristina g. says:

    so you dont eat the red part of the chard stalk?

  23. I always seem to forget about warm salads since I tend to associate salads with warm weather, but they are so perfect for fall! I have a block of the same tempeh, but it got moved to the freezer when I made the same realization that is wasn’t going to be used any time soon, my solution was just much less creative (and delicious) than yours. πŸ˜‰

  24. It’s not even 7 am where I am right now, but I could definitely eat this in like, two hours. I haven’t had tempeh in a while (I really have to be in the mood for it), but combined with a mustard vinaigrette it sounds heavenly!

  25. LOVE your post, and always look forward to trying out all the yummy recipes! There is a wealth of information here and I love picking on your ideas. We are actually moving to Tucson in March. Wondering if you could recommend a good yoga studio and/ or gym? On my last visit there I noticed LA Fitness? But I’m sure there are hidden jewels in Tucson πŸ™‚ Thanks in advance!

  26. Also, wondering if you wouldn’t mind sharing your favorite kitchen brands in one of the posts? We are newlyweds and I’m stocking up on pots, pans, tableware, kitchen must haves etc etc. Any advice/thoughts would be appreciated, by other readers too I’m sure! Sorry for all the requests πŸ™‚

  27. I haven’t quite ventured into the land of tempeh yet – I use firm tofu all the time, though, so I def have to check this out soon! Thanks for sharing the recipe, looks delish πŸ™‚

  28. I never think of making salads. If I was a bit more creative with them I might eat them more often.
    Have you ever tried boiling your tempeh for 10 minutes before frying it? It changes the tempeh, smooths out the flavor and consistency. It’s my preferred way of preparing it. Cut it into the slices you’ll be using, put it in a pot of water with 2 tbsp of Bragg’s Liquid Aminos (or soy sauce if you prefer), bring to a boil and boil for 10 minutes. Drain and continue on with the recipe.

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