Seared Tempeh and Three Bean Salad

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This is a delicious salad you serve warm. The recipe is from the Southbeach Taste of Summer cookbook although I’ve made some slight changes. I only recently began cooking with tempeh, a soybean product, and love the versatility. I doubled the amount of tempeh in the recipe, you can do just one package if you prefer. You could also vary this recipe by using different types of beans and “playing” with new seasoning combinations or the addition of fresh herbs.

  • 1 lemon
  • Olive oil
  • Soy sauce
  • Dijon mustard
  • 2-4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 small red onion, chopped finely
  • 1 can kidney beans, drained & rinsed
  • 1 can white beans, drained & rinsed
  • 2 cups green beans, trimmed and cut in 1 inch pieces
  • 2 eight-ounce pkgs. tempeh (regular or three-grain)
  • Fresh herbs and chopped tomatoes for garnish
  1. In a large bowl, juice the lemon, and whisk together with 2 tbsp. olive oil, 1 tbsp. dijon, 2 tsp. soy sauce, the garlic, red onion, and S/P to taste.
  2. Add kidney & white beans, stir to combine.
  3. Boil or steam green beans to crisp-tender. Drain and run under cold water immediately. Add to the bowl and stir together to combine.
  4. Heat a small amt of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add tempeh & a splash soy sauce. Cook, turning occasionaly until tempeh is cooked through, about 10 minutes. As it cooks, break up and add more soy sauce & olive oil as needed to add moisture to the tempeh.
  5. When cooked, combine with bean salad and serve warm.
  6. Top with tomatoes and fresh herbs.
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