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Grilled Tempeh Salad with Sesame-Ginger Dressing

May/June 2012

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This bold sesame-ginger dressing recipe is perfect with this salad of grilled tempeh, pineapple and crisp snow peas. If you can’t find mixed Asian greens, try another spicy green, such as arugula.


Grilled Tempeh Salad with Sesame-Ginger Dressing Recipe

Makes: 4 servings

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Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons white miso (see Tips)
  • 3 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 1-inch piece fresh ginger, grated
  • 1-2 teaspoons Asian hot sauce
  • 1 8-ounce package tempeh (see Tips)
  • 6 pineapple rings, 1/4 inch thick
  • 12 cups greens, preferably Asian mix
  • 1 cup sliced trimmed snow peas or snap peas
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds

Preparation

  1. Preheat grill to medium-high.
  2. Whisk orange juice, miso, sesame oil, vinegar, ginger and hot sauce in a bowl.
  3. Oil the grill rack (see Tips). Grill tempeh until lightly charred, 3 to 5 minutes per side. Grill pineapple until marked, 1 to 2 minutes per side.
  4. Put salad greens and peas in a large bowl. Coarsely chop the pineapple; add to the bowl. Drizzle the salad with 1/2 cup of the dressing; toss to coat. Divide among 4 plates or bowls. Thinly slice the tempeh and place in the bowl. Drizzle with the remaining dressing and gently toss to coat. Divide the tempeh among the salads and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Tips & Notes

  • Tips: Miso is a fermented soybean paste that adds flavor to dishes like soups, sauces and salad dressings. White or sweet miso (Shiromiso), made with soy and rice, is yellow and milder in flavor; use for soup, salad dressings and sauces for fish or chicken. Look for it near tofu at well-stocked supermarkets. It will keep in the refrigerator for at least a year.
  • Tempeh is a chewy, nutty, fermented soybean loaf. Find it (plain or with added grains) near refrigerated tofu in natural-foods stores and most large supermarkets.
  • Oiling a grill rack before you grill foods helps ensure that the food won’t stick. Oil a folded paper towel, hold it with tongs and rub it over the rack. (Do not use cooking spray on a hot grill.) When grilling delicate foods like tofu and fish, it is helpful to coat the food with cooking spray.

Nutrition

Per serving: 310 calories; 20 g fat (3 g sat, 7 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 22 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 16 g protein; 6 g fiber; 560 mg sodium; 909 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (104% daily value), Vitamin A (95% dv), Folate (58% dv), Magnesium (30% dv), Iron (29% dv), Potassium (26% dv), Calcium (22% dv)

Carbohydrate Servings: 1

Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 vegetable, 2 lean meat, 2 fat


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