Ol' Reliable ~ Ham Pie Sandwiches

28 October 2011

Ol' Reliable

ol' reliable seared tempeh saladThe other day, John and I were discussing which dinners we would eat with no pause, no matter what mood we were in. The Ol' Reliable--a green salad with seared marinated tempeh--tops the list. (Other candidates included the Big Pan of Enchiladas and the Massive Stockpot of Chili.)

Man, do I love the Ol' Reliable.

We have made and eaten it many, many times. Here's one with carrots, frisee, and mushrooms. Here's one with cherry tomatoes and marinade-based salad dressing. This current salad features mushrooms, sungold tomatoes, cucumber, yellow carrot, and green onion over a farmer's market mesclun mix.

The basic premise is always the same: marinate cubed tempeh in your choice of delicious marinade. Sear. Throw on top of salad greens. Add vegetables and dressing of your choice. Eat. Feel better.

Our base marinade for tempeh is generally olive oil, vinegar, soy sauce, sriracha, crushed garlic, fresh rosemary, and veg broth, with whatever other additions sound good at the time. The vegetables can range anywhere from plain greens with no dressing to a huge melange of whatever's in the crisper. It's all good.


jessy said...

such a tasty touch with the green onions/ the cherry tomatoes look really gooooood! i love a big salad, especially one topped with tempeh (and sometimes we add on roasted potatoes and a little avocado). w00t!

eatme_delicious said...

Yumm I'm with you! This type of salad is something I'd always be happy to eat. Though I must admit I still haven't been able to enjoy tempeh, so I'd replace it with tofu.

Eileen said...

Seared marinated tofu would definitely work well too--I just prefer tempeh. & adding avocado is definitely a great idea! I might even make a blended avocado dressing.