For the Birds

It looked like a big bag of birdseed from the pet store got compressed into a thin, rectangular block and was placed on my refrigerator shelf, so I really didn’t have high hopes for tempeh. But, being new to veganism, I told myself I had to try it at least once before chucking the rest in the trash.  


I felt like I should have had a beak and feathers as I cut myself a nibble off the corner and chewed. Not quite as bland as tofu, and it actually had a texture. I chopped of a few more strips, tossed them into a pan, and began to sauté away.


By some luck of the tempeh gods, I decided to sprinkle a little soy sauce over my golden brown “birdseed.” Perfection! It brought out the nutty undertones and texture, and it tasted surprisingly delicious on top of a fresh summery salad.



Asian Tempeh Salad

serves 1

Feel free to substitute your favorite store-bought Asian style dressing. Although I didn’t have any in my pantry, a sprinkling of crispy wontons would be a wonderful addition!


2 c. lettuce, torn into bite-sized pieces

¼ c. matchstick-cut carrots

¼ c. diced cucumber

⅓ c. tempeh

½ tsp. soy sauce



1 tsp soy sauce

1 tbsp rice wine vinegar

¼ tsp. ground giner


  1. Cut tempeh into ¼” thin strips, then into bite-sized pieces. Cook in a pan over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until golden brown. Take the pan off of the heat and sprinkle with soy sauce. (Don’t pour it all in one spot—then only a few pieces get saturated!)
  2. Add lettuce, carrots, and cucumber to a large bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients, then drizzle over the lettuce. Toss well to combine. Add tempeh on top and enjoy!



May 30, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , . Have a Heart.


  1. Cyndi replied:

    What’s the texture resemble? It does look somewhat like birdseed!

    • foods for the soul replied:

      It’s like a softer nut, maybe a walnut. Not crunchy like peanuts or almonds. Still, I thought it was pretty good for my first time preparing it!

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