tempeh & garbanzo bean salad with kale


Potlucks with BBQ and great local brews are a summer tradition… What to bring that would be simple to make, light fare for the hot weather but also substantial protein for vegetarians passing on the meats on the grill? Here’s what I brought on the 4th, and it disappeared fast!

summer potluck salad

summer potluck salad

ingredients:

  • 1 pkg tempeh
  • 1 can garbanzo beans, well rinsed
  • 3/4 cup bulgur (or quinoa to serve gluten free folks too)
  • 2-3 yellow medium-small summer squash (pattypan or crookneck), chopped
  • 1 bunch lacinato kale, chopped into ribbons
  • 3-4 medium shallots, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • fresh lemon thyme, a few sprigs
  • 1/4t salt
  • lemon pepper to taste

instructions:

Place bulgur in a large serving bowl with lid. Bring just a little more than 1 3/4 cup fresh water to a boil, pour over bulgur and stir well, then cover and let sit for 20 minutes. Drain off any residual water. Chop tempeh, then saute in large frying pan in 2T olive oil over medium heat stirring well for 2-3 minutes; reduce heat to medium-low, cover and cook til lightly browned- stirring frequently to prevent burning- about 5 more minutes. Rinse garbanzo beans well. After bulgur and tempeh have each been cooked, stir these three ingredients together in serving bowl.

Using same frying pan, add 2T olive oil and saute shallots for 2 min. Then add minced garlic, fresh lemon thyme and summer squash, stir well and saute for 2 min over medium heat, then add 2T water, reduce heat and cover to simmer for about 2-3 minutes, until squash is bright in color and soft but not mushy. Add this to serving dish. Reusing same frying pan, saute chopped kale for 2 min, add 1-2T water, and cover to simmer for about 3 min, until kale is bright in color and wilted but not mushy. Add this to serving dish. Season with 1/4t salt and lemon pepper to taste. Stir all together well, cover and refrigerate– keeps well for 3-4 days. It is great served warm, room temp, or cold.

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celery root, yellow pepper, kale & garbanzo bean salad


Continuing my exploration of preparing celery root, I thought I’d make a sunny winter hearty salad. I wanted something bright, and with some protein. Something that tasted light yet was sustaining. Here’s what I put together:

IMG_3064ingredients:

  • 1 medium-small celery root, peeled & julienne cut (about 3 cups)
  • 1 medium yellow pepper, chopped
  • 1 can garbanzo beans, well rinsed
  • 2-3 medium sized shallots, chopped
  • 1 bunch lacinato kale, cut into thin ribbons (2 cups or so)
  • 3 T plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 T champagne vinegar

instructions:

Chop both ends off of celery root, then place root solidly on largest flat end to stabilize. Use sharp knife to then slice away outer rough skin, cutting from top to bottom as you work your way around the root to expose the inner white lovely vegetable.

Slice celery root into rounds then julienne cut into thin strips. Chop yellow pepper. Rinse garbanzo beans well. Mix all together in large salad bowl with lid. Cut center ribs out of kale, then cut into thin ribbons and set aside. Chop shallots, and saute in larger pan in a couple tablespoons olive oil for 2 minutes until just starting to become translucent. Add those to the celery root mixture, and reuse the flavored pan to saute the kale for 2 minutes stirring constantly, until turns bright green and just begins to soften but not wilt completely. Add to celery root mixture and stir all together well. Combine Greek yogurt, olive oil, and champagne vinegar in glass measuring cup or jar, then whisk or fork stir together well. Dress salad, stirring to cover all well, and refrigerate covered until ready to serve.