Chinese Tempeh Salad

Life is a good teacher and a good friend. Things are always in transition if we could only realize it. Nothing ever sums itself up in the way that we would like to dream about. The off-center, in between state is an ideal situation, a situation in which we don’t get caught, and in which we can open our hearts and minds beyond limit.


That nothing is static or fixed, that all is fleeting and impermanent, is the first mark of existence. It is the ordinary state of affairs. Everything is in process. Everything—every tree, every blade of grass, all the animals, insects, human beings, buildings, the animate and the inanimate—is always changing, moment to moment.


Chinese Tempeh Salad Recipe

  • Tempeh, sliced into small rectangles
  • Lettuce (I used a mix that had red cabbage and shredded carrots in it)
  • 1 brown rice tortilla, cut into strips and fried in oil until lightly browned
  • 1/4 c. sliced almonds
  • 1 can of mandarin oranges, drained
  • pomegranate seeds
  • sesame seeds, for garnish
  • Garlic Ginger Sesame Dressing (see below)


Garlic Ginger Sesame Dressing Recipe

Makes enough for 2 salads

  • 1/3 c. rice vinegar
  • 1/4 c. soy sauce (gluten-free)
  • 3 Tbs sesame seeds
  • 1 Tb brown sugar
  • 1 Tb fresh ginger, shredded through a zester
  • 1 large garlic clove, shredded through a zester
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 3 scallions, chopped (white portion only)
  1. Combine entire ingredient list and whisk until smooth.
  2. Slice tempeh into desired size and allow to marinate in dressing in a covered bowl, in the fridge. Do not throw away the remainder of the marinade. Keep the rest for the dressing.

Chinese Tempeh Salad (gluten-free vegan) - Fork & Beans


The spiritual journey involves going beyond hope and fear, stepping into unknown territory, continually moving forward. The most important aspect of being on the spiritual path may be to just keep moving.

-Pema Chodron

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  1. I am loving your website. My husband, while really puttng forth the effort to eat vegan, doesnt share my love of “raw”. Hopefully, this will allow me to combine both in a way he will enjoy.

    That said, beware of brown rice from China…even organic…wherever it appears in foods, supplements, etc. Mike Adams, aka The Health Ranger, out of Austin, Tx. has been doing heavy metal testing on foods…our FDA does not! Brown rice out of China is loaded with cadmium and other toxic metals. While, as adults, we should avoid them, i would think parents who care would definitely avoid feeding this to children. Most brown rice in processed food come out of China. Beware your gluten free processed foods, even organic!

  2. That dressing sounds divine! I love mandarin oranges with my salads, yummy, yum, yum.

    • I’m a bit picky when it comes to dressings like these too so if I’m giving it the thumbs up, then it passes the test :)

  3. Oh wow that dressing sounds to die for! I would eat anything smothered in that I bet!

  4. Looks mouth watering as usual. I wonder if I could eat the dish in combination even though I can’t eat the majority of ingredients? Questions. Questions.
    Here’s what I did this weekend. I was in my kitchen and hungry so grabbed what was available.
    1/2C Authentic Foods Classic Blend
    1/4C Yogurt, warmed
    1 Tbsp each Chia and Flaxseed, finely ground and added to the yogurt and left to set
    a pinch of salt and 1/4 tsp baking powder
    Knead together until all the flour is included into a smooth just slightly tacky ball
    Let set while heating up skillet
    Roll between two sheets lightly “floured” parchment paper as needed.
    I picked/peeled these babies up without the aid of a spatula and cooked them. Wraps. It made two and I was able to scrunch one in my hand and still use it. Thank you kitchen gods and Cara, well, just because you’re so adorable.


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