Greek Spinach Salad with Herbed Tempeh

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I recently discovered a great way to punch up the flavor of a Greek salad while adding protein to round it out to a full meal. This super nutritious Greek salad features dark leafy spinach for extra vitamins and Mediterranean-style grated tempeh and Greek yogurt for added protein.

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I was thinking about ground lamb and lamb souvlaki when I prepared this tempeh. By grating a block of tempeh and sautéing it in olive oil with fresh herbs, you can achieve the perfect texture for a salad topping, while infusing a lot of fresh flavor. I am really excited about this tempeh that bursts with fresh oregano flavor. I can’t wait to expand it from salads to pastas, soups and wraps.

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One serving of this salad boasts over 24 grams of protein and contains over half the recommended daily amount of vitamins A, C, and K. The recipe below is a hearty portion that kept me full for hours.

Greek Spinach Salad with Herbed Tempeh (2 entrée sized servings)

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Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. tempeh
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp fresh oregano, chopped
  • 1/4 cup lemon flavor Chobani Greek yogurt (or 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt + 1 Tbsp lemon juice)
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced
  • 4 cups spinach, roughly chopped
  • 1 small cucumber, diced
  • 1 medium tomato, diced
  • 1/4 cup kalamata olives
  • 2 oz. feta
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Preparation:

  1. Into a medium sized bowl, grate the tempeh with a large cheese grater.
  2. Heat 2 Tbsp oil over medium heat. When hot, add tempeh to pan and sauté for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add oregano to tempeh and sauté for 4-5 more minutes, until tempeh is golden brown.
  4. While tempeh is cooking, make the salad dressing. With a whisk in a small bowl, or in a salad dressing shaker, mix together the yogurt, garlic, 2 Tbsp oil, and salt and pepper. Set aside.
  5. Mix together in a large bowl: spinach, cucumber, tomato, olives, feta and salad dressing.
  6. When tempeh is done cooking, season with salt and pepper and toss with other salad ingredients. Divide into two bowls and serve.
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4 responses to “Greek Spinach Salad with Herbed Tempeh

  1. YUM!!! I’ve only cooked tempeh a few times, and I usually use it in like an asian stir fry. this sounds amazing though!! It would be the perfect light summer dinner!!

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