Sweet Lemon Salad with Lemon Pepper Tempeh Croutons

by Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit) on April 26, 2011

I have a confession to make…

I hate veggies.

Wait, no… that’s a little too drastic. I just hate boring veggies.

I’m not one to be seen snacking on a carrot unless it’s loaded with hummus.

You’ll never have to worry about me stealing a slice of your cucumber. Wait, is that salt & pepper on your cucumber? I take that back!

You can guarantee I’ll never just have vegetable juice. Veggies are made for fruit, right?

And you will never, ever, ever in a million years see me eating a salad with oil + vinegar on plain lettuce. Yuck?!

What you can count on, is seeing me…

  • Sneaking off to add some homemade croutons to my salad.
  • Whipping up a batch of ultra creamy and dreamy dressing for dipping + salad use.
  • Topping all sorts of seeds + nuts on lettuce to spice it up.
  • Waiting patiently for 2 hours as my tempeh defrosts just so I can make some tempeh croutons.

Yes, veggie eating is a commitment and definitely not a simple task for me. But, when veggies are spiced up juuuust right, they’re delicious and consumed by the truckloads!

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Sweet Lemon Salad with Lemon Pepper Tempeh Croutons

Vegan, Gluten free, Dairy free, Sugar free, Yeast free, Corn free

Spice up your salad with some serious tempeh croutons, figs, and sweet lemon sauce.

Ingredients

Sweet lemon dressing

  • 1/4 hemp seed oil or olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened apple juice
  • 2 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 tsp Himalayan rock salt
  • rind of 1 lemon
  • black pepper to taste
  • pinch white stevia powder

Salad

  • 8 cups romaine lettuce
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1/4 cup red onion, sliced thin
  • 2 vine tomatoes, diced
  • 8 figs, sliced
  • fresh black pepper
  • lemon slices for garnish

Lemon pepper tempeh croutons

  • 8 oz. tempeh, cubed
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 tsp apple juice
  • 1/4 tsp rosemary
  • 1/4 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 tsp Herbamare
  • fresh pepper to taste
  • pinch dried sage
  • 1 tbsp coconut water vinegar or apple cider vinegar

Directions

To make dressing: combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Set aside.

To make croutons: place lemon juice, zest, garlic, apple juice, and spices in a medium sized bowl. Whisk to combine. Add tempeh and stir to coat. Add olive oil to a pan over high heat. Add tempeh and saute for 5-7 minutes. Reduce heat, add vinegar slowly to deglaze the pan. Remove from heat, toss tempeh in a pinch of salt and a few grinds of fresh black pepper and allow to cool.

Putting everything together: drop salad ingredients, dressing, and croutons in a large bowl. Toss to coat and serve!

Makes 4 entree sized salads.

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mmm now THAT’S how you enjoy your veggies!

I just love a good dressing. Don’t you?

Something else I totally love?

This song?!

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdO85Qf4Poc

Don’t judge me if it’s old.

I live a sheltered life.

How have I never heard of The Naked and Famous?

Officially in LOVE.

The way I see it:

Healthy dose of awesome music = healthy mind and positive thoughts

This song has pumped up my morning in a big way.

Rock out with me?

What song are you crushing on right now?

Can you eat veggies plain?

What is your favorite vegetable?

Kale [chips]!

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{ 40 comments… read them below or add one }

Chad

Did you just make croutons out of tempeh? *facepalm for not thinking of that*

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

heck YES I did! nom nom nom!

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Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free

What a great idea!!!! Amazing!!!

I love snacking on veggies (I’m strange…) but they taste so much better with stuff. My fav veggie? That’s a hard one….Oooo! I know! Sweet taters! And Beets!

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Sweet taters, good choice, Alex! How do you prepare your beets? The only way I eat them is in juice or shredded raw in a salad.

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chelsey @ clean eating chelsey

I like my veggies slathered in hummus too – It’s more like “would you like some veggies with that hummus?”I like it that way!

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Yes, exactly. Have you ever tried cilantro in hummus? Seriously the BEST ever!

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Jess@HealthyExposures

My veggies needs to be “dresed up,” too! I wouldn’t say I don’t like them – I just prefer them made right ;) I love salads with tons of toppings, especially nuts and dried or fresh fruit and a good dressing. Oh, and it’s always fun to throw a grain in there!
Though I still hate cucumbers…
This dressing looks awesome. I was just thinking the other day that with spring and summer right around the corner (uhh…maybe…) I should get to work on coming up with more salad recipes :]

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

You hate cucumbers? What?! Dressing really does make a salad. My favorite dressing ingredient = ketchup… mwahaha

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Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)

Oh those croutons look PERFECT!

I love my veggies to be dressed up and doctored up. I can eat them plain, but most times…I am the queen of sauces and dips.

GREAT photography!

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Queen of sauces and dips… I’ll have to check your blog for some inspiration then! Thanks for your kind words, Averie :)

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brandi

ooh, i love the crouton idea with the tempeh!

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Parsley Sage

Woo hoo! New yummy Healthful Pursuit salad. Bookmarked! You seem to be single handedly turning me into a veggie lover. Well done. Great song by the way. I’ve been geeking out to alot of Bat for Lashes (Daniel) and Julian Casablancas (11th Dimension.) Love that 80′s feel :)

Now…I just need to go google ‘tempeh.’

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

haha I suck at eating veggies unless they’re like this, I’m glad you share my taste! I’ll have to check out that music, sounds perfect!

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Stefanie @TheNewHealthy

I totally agree that awesome music can pump you up for the day ahead! :)

I like my veggies spiced up too – but I also like them raw and plain! Best of both worlds. :)

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

I envy your ability to eat plain veggies + the sheer amount of veggies you eat on a daily basis! It amazes me

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Heidi @ Food Doodles

Mmm, those croutons are awesome! I need to try that. I don’t like boring croutons, haha. I eat plain veggies. And some I really like plain but to actually eat as many veggies as I should I need to dress them up :D I think my favorite are carrots fresh from the garden, not even peeled just washed off with the hose so I don’t have to even go inside. I’m afraid a store bought carrot just doesn’t compare :(

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

I think that’s the only veggie I can eat straight up – carrots from the garden.

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

Tempeh is perfect for croutons! I can’t get enough lemon right now – I guess it’s a spring thing?

My veggies obsession – brussel sprouts. You can roast/grill them coated in just about any random marinade!

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kate@ahealthypassion

I have some tempeh in my fridge right now this is perfect!

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Alaina Rose @ Sweetness of Life

MMmmm YUM! You are so funny, but I’m definitely with you! Who does like boring veggies anyway?? Especially when there are so many ways to spice them up! And I am a firm believer of this: “Heathy dose of awesome music = healthy mind and positive thoughts.” For sure!

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Carly

Mmmm, fave veggies are Brusell’s Sprouts. And I can’t eat veggies plain at all. Dip, sauce, anything but plain!
P.S I saw you are going to Golden. Do you live in BC? I love finding other BC bloggers :)

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Brussels sprouts? Everyone hates those darn things. I love them with coconut oil + garlic. What’s your favorite way? I live in Airdrie, right outside of Calgary. We live SO close to BC though, we visit a lot! Where are you in BC?

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Carly

Kelowna, but only until the end of this week then it’s up in the air! I’m originally from the island.

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Up in the air? Wow, good for you for not knowing what’s next. I love Kelowna. It’s always sooo warm.

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Faith @ lovelyascharged

I’m so the same way…I never enjoyed celery sticks or carrots as snacks and even know I’m only lured to the world of salad by bold and exciting ingredients (like tempeh croutons!) I packed a spinach, carrot and celery salad for lunch yesterday and had to literally choke it down because it just tasted so…tasteless!

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Good for you for eating it… I so wouldn’t have!

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Jess (@Adventures in...)

…don’t worry, I was right there with you on that song. I think I just fell in love with a new band :)

and btw… I love raw veggies XD Broccoli and cabbage are my faves!

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Nice! I’m glad you like it :) Raw broccoli? I could never!

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The Farmers Wife

That looks so inviting and yummy! I love new salad recipes!

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Mary @ Bites and Bliss

Mmmmm tempeh croutons!! That’s really creative!

I eat veggies plain all the time- my favorite being carrots. My boyfriend’s mom called me arabbit cause I went through her two pound bag of babie carrots in a few days.

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Wow, in a few days? That’s amazing. You have rightfully earned that nickname!

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(what runs) Lori

I loooooooooove my veggies but give me a great dressing to throw on top and i’m golden. Hello- this just sounds amazing! I love tempeh with flavor!

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Happy When Not Hungry

Love this salad! So fresh and healthy. Yum!

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GingerandRice

I have one of their songs that I got for free off of iTunes! I think they’re pretty good!

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Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes

I love this salad – you had me at tempeh croutons.

Thanks so much for this fantastic recipe, Leanne! I can’t wait to give it a try.

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Nina @ SLO Foodie

Croutons are definitely the best part of salad! I’ll have to remember this one.
I am a fan of lots of plain veggies when they’re raw, good snacking food for me. But I’m with you, KALE CHIPS hold a special place in my heart. :)

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Have you ever tried smoked paprika on kale chips? I die every time.

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Our Eyes Eat First

great post. I couldnt agree more with “no boring veggies allowed” Your dishes are never boring though! And thanks for the song – great pick – adding it to my youtube playlist! You may also like Electric Feel by MGMT if you dont already – you just have a great feeling listening to it! – Jas

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

I haven’t heard that song in a LONG time. I’m adding it to my play list today. Thanks :)

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Kristina @ spabettie

I can juice carrots every day, but I cannot eat them raw unless they are COVERED in hummus. also? I only eat cucumber in sushi. :D

I love anything lemon – this looks GOOD!

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