It’s funny, with there being so many different dishes out there, more than one could ever hope to cook or eat in one lifetime, it’s easy to forget about the ones you’ve tried before. You find an interesting recipe, maybe you make some improvisations, maybe you don’t. Maybe it comes out great, maybe it comes out decent and you have some thoughts for “next time” Then you forget about it, lost forever in the past.
This is one of those dishes. I made a curry dish from Totally Vegetarian and, well, I was not knocked over by it’s awesomeness. It wasn’t bad, but if I was a restaurant, I would not come back to me and order this (if that makes any sense). SO, back to the drawing board. Whole Foods has this awesome curry tempeh dish they have sometimes at their hot bar and apparently if you add mayonnaise it becomes a salad, which blows my mind. I shall be calling club sandwiches salads from now on. I gotta say, I was quite happy with how this came out. It was delicious and the whole wheat couscous I paired it with worked quite well. I encourage you to try this and next time someone tells you to eat healthier, whip this sucker out.
Tempeh Curry Salad
For the curry, I used one teaspoon hot, two teaspoons sweet and for me it was perfect. However, I am quite the spice-wuss.
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
1 white onion; chopped
2 garlic cloves; minced
1 teaspoon ginger; minced
1 tablespoon curry; any kind
1 teaspoon mustard powder
1/8 cup tamari (soy sauce in a pinch)
1 cup fresh peas (or thawed and drained)
8oz tempeh; chopped into small quarter inch pieces
1/2 cup mayo (I used vegan, but any should work)
2 tablespoons white vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
salt and pepper to taste
Under medium high heat, saute your onion in a large pan with the olive oil until translucent and slightly browned. Reduce the heat to medium and add your garlic, ginger, curry and mustard; stirring to mix well and prevent burning. Once fragrant (1-2 minutes), add your tempeh and tamari. Stir and cook for a few minutes until the tempeh has been heated up and the liquid has either mostly been absorbed or cooked away.
Add your remaining ingredients and stir to mix well. Cook for a few minutes and remove from heat. Serve immediately or cold; both ways are delicious. Enjoy.