Curried Tempeh Salad

4.56

20

Save to FavoritesPrintJump to Recipe

This post may include affiliate links. Thank you for your support.

This flavorful and filling curried tempeh salad is perfect for making a hearty sandwich, adding to a wrap or serving over crisp greens. Vegan and gluten-free.

Not to toot my own horn, but there have been some pretty amazing tempeh recipes coming out of the EBF kitchen lately and I’m loving it!! If you need a refresher — these maple balsamic tempeh bowls and this tempeh zucchini noodle ramen are my most recent recipes and they’re definitely worth checking out if you haven’t already. And my latest creation is this curried tempeh salad.

Inspired by my curried chickpea salad, I decided to make another mock chicken salad, but this time with protein-packed tempeh.

If you’re a curry fan and looking for a new lunch option, I highly recommend checking out this salad because it’s absolutely delish! You might even want to double the recipe… just saying. 🙂

Curried tempeh salad with celery and raisins in a bowl and on two sliced of bread.

Ingredients Needed

  • tempeh – I like to use Lightlife tempeh, but any variety will work. New to tempeh? Check out my what is tempeh post to learn all about it!
  • celery, red onion, and carrots – these add a nice crunch to the salad.
  • raisins –  adds a little sweetness and goes perfectly with the curry flavor.
  • vegan mayo – to keep this recipe vegan make sure you’re using vegan mayo, but feel free to use non-vegan mayo if you like.
  • apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, olive oil, turmeric, curry powder, pepper and sea salt – we’re using these eight ingredients to create a sweet curry flavor dressing that coats the tempeh nicely.
  • sunflower seeds and cilantro –  for garnish (optional)
Ingredients in measuring cups for the tempeh salad, chopped carrots, onion and celery.

Notes + Substitutions 

  • Tempeh I use Lightlife tempeh, which is pretty mild so I don’t usually steam it, but I figured it would be a good idea for this particular recipe because the tempeh isn’t being cooked at any other point. That said, if you’re using Lightlife, or simply enjoy the flavor of tempeh, you might find that steaming the tempeh is an unnecessary step.
  • Mix-ins – Feel free to switch up your mix-ins. Sometimes I change up the veggies based on what I have on hand and add extra herbs.
Curried Tempeh Salad Recipe Ingredients in a glass bowl -- tempeh, celery, carrots and onion.

Prepping and Storing Curried Tempeh Salad

This salad is one of those salads that tastes great the day you make it, but even better the next day, after marinating in the fridge a bit! I love making a batch as part of my meal prep for the week on Sunday so I can use it for lunches. It just gets better as the week goes on.

To store leftovers: After mixing all of the ingredients together, store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. The salad will keep for 3-5 days.

Curried tempeh salad on a slice of bread a hand is holding. Salad includes sunflower seeds, curry dressing, raisins and veggies.

How to Serve Curried Tempeh Salad

I’m not at all opposed to eating the curried tempeh salad straight from the bowl,  but it’s particularly great for adding protein to a salad or making sandwiches or wraps. Here are some serving suggestions:

  • With crackers for a snack or an appetizer. Try my almond flour crackers.
  • On bread or in a wrap for a sandwich. (I like adding some extra greens!)
  • Over a bed of greens for a meal-sized salad.
Curried tempeh salad in a serving bowl next to two plates with the salad on bread.

More Tempeh Recipes to Try

More Salad Recipes You Might Enjoy

Be sure to check out all of my tempeh recipes and the full collection of the salad recipes here on EBF!

4.56 from 9 votes

Curried Tempeh Salad

This flavorful and filling curried tempeh salad is perfect for making a hearty sandwich, adding to a wrap or serving over crisp greens. Vegan and gluten-free.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients  

  • 2 8 ounce packages of Lightlife tempeh, any variety
  • 1 cup celery, finely chopped
  • ½ cup red onion, finely chopped
  • ½ cup carrots, finely chopped
  • ½ cup raisins
  • cup vegan mayo
  • 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons curry powder
  • ½ Tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • sunflower seeds and cilantro, for garnish (optional)

Instructions 

  • Chop tempeh into bite-size chunks. Add to a pot with water and a steamer basket and steam tempeh for 10-15 minutes. Set aside and let cool.
  • While tempeh is cooling, chop all the veggies.
  • In a large bowl combine tempeh, celery, red onion, carrots and raisins.
  • Make dressing by combining mayo, apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, curry powder, olive oil, pepper, turmeric and sea salt in a bowl. Pour dressing over tempeh, veggies and raisins. Toss to combine.
  • Serve immediately or place in the fridge to chill before serving.

Notes

  • Tempeh I use Lightlife tempeh, which is pretty mild so I don’t usually steam it, but I figured it would be a good idea for this particular recipe because the tempeh isn’t being cooked at any other point. That said, if you’re using Lightlife, or simply enjoy the flavor of tempeh, you might find that steaming the tempeh is an unnecessary step.
  • Mix-ins – Feel free to switch up your mix-ins for the salad. Sometimes I change up the veggies based on what I have on hand and add extra herbs. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1/6th of recipe | Calories: 298kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 17g | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 10g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Lunch/Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: curry tempeh salad
Did you make this recipe?Mention @eatingbirdfood and tag #eatingbirdfood!

About Brittany

Hey there, I’m Brittany, the creator of Eating Bird Food, cookbook author, health coach and mama of two littles. Here you’ll find quick and easy recipes that make healthy fun and enjoyable for you and your family!

More about Brittany
Get a free 3 day Clean Eating Meal Plan
Subscribe to our list and get your free printable PDF of the 3 Day Clean Eating Meal Plan and Shopping List

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating




20 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I usually eat tempeh more for health reasons (I’m vegan) than flavor, but this recipe is actually delicious, I think it is owing to the dressing that takes it over the top. Thank you!

    1. Woo! Love to hear that, Margaret. Healthy food doesn’t have to be boring, right?! 🙂

    1. Hi Dawn – I am not sure how the tempeh would hold up being frozen then thawed in this salad. Let me know if you give it a try.

See More Comments