Snow Pea, Cabbage, and Mizuna Salad with Marinated and Seared Tempeh

Serves 4

Season: Spring


This dish is all about contrast. Subtly spicy mizuna meets sweet, crispy snow peas, while earthy, salty tempeh is layered on top of cool, crispy greens. Serve either as an appetizer or as a meal.

Recipe by Gena Hamshaw of Food52.


Basic Marinated Tempeh:

  • 2tablespoons apple cider or rice vinegar (apple cider is my preference)
  • 2tablespoons soy sauce or tamari
  • 2tablespoons water
  • 1teaspoon grated or minced ginger root
  • 1teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 8ounces tempeh, sliced into thin strips (about 1/4 inch or a little less)
  • 2teaspoons coconut oil (optional, for frying)

Snow Pea, Cabbage, and Mizuna Salad with Miso Mustard Dressing:

  • 6ounces snow peas, trimmed
  • 2cups red cabbage, shredded
  • 1cup carrot, shredded
  • 2cups mizuna
  • 2green onions, sliced thin
  • 1/4cup cilantro, diced
  • 2tablespoons mellow white miso
  • 1tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1/4cup olive oil
  • 3tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1small clove garlic, minced
  • 1tablespoon maple syrup


To prepare the tempeh, whisk together the vinegar, soy sauce or tamari, water, ginger, and sesame oil. Arrange tempeh in a large, shallow bowl (a small casserole will also work) and pour the marinade over the pieces. Allow them to marinate for 2-3 hours (or over the course of a day, refrigerated).

You can either bake or pan fry the tempeh. To fry, heat the coconut oil on a skillet pan or in a large frying pan over medium high heat. Cook each side for about four minutes, and serve hot. To bake, heat an oven to 375 degrees and bake them tempeh pieces for 25 minutes, flipping once through.

To prepare the salad, heat a small pot of water to a boil and boil the snow peas for about thirty seconds. Rinse under cold water and let them dry, then cut the peas in halves or thirds.

Mix all remaining salad ingredients.

To make the vinaigrette, blend the miso, mustard, lemon, oil, garlic, and syrup in a blender till smooth or whisk together briskly. Dress the salad to taste, and top with the seared tempeh.


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