Sweet Lemon Salad with Lemon Pepper Tempeh Croutons

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!

Sweet Lemon Salad with Lemon Pepper Tempeh Croutons
Recipe type: Vegan, Gluten free, Dairy free, Sugar free, Yeast free, Corn free
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Serves: 4 entree sized salads
Spice up your salad with some serious tempeh croutons, figs, and sweet lemon sauce.
Sweet lemon dressing
  • ¼ hemp seed oil or extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • ¼ cup unsweetened apple juice
  • 2½ teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ¼ teaspoon himalayan rock salt
  • rind of 1 lemon
  • black pepper to taste
  • pinch white stevia powder
  • 8 cups romaine lettuce
  • ½ cup walnuts, chopped
  • ¼ 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 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1½ teaspoon apple juice
  • ¼ teaspoon rosemary
  • ¼ teaspoon oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon herbamare
  • fresh pepper to taste
  • pinch dried sage
  • 1 tablespoon coconut water vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  1. To make dressing: combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Set aside.
  2. 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.
  3. Putting everything together: drop salad ingredients, dressing, and croutons in a large bowl. Toss to coat and serve!

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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?!


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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  1. 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!

  2. 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

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

  3. 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. :)

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