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Tempeh Bacon “TLT” Salad

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Is there anything better than a BLT sandwich?  Maybe a vegan “TLT” in the form of a salad, perhaps?

tlt salad 2BLTs are just one of those staple sandwiches in the American diet, you know?  But maybe not so much for us veggie-eating folks…

tlt salad 7Just because we do not eat bacon does not mean that vegetarians and vegans (heck, meat-eaters, too!) cannot partake in the BLT craze.  Vegan “TLTs” are hands down one of the most delicious sandwiches.  But do you know what else is just as good?  A TLT in salad form.  Oh yes.  So good!

tlt salad 5This salad may look fancy or complex, but it is anything but that.  Using only six ingredients, a knife, and an oven, you can produce an amazing meal.

tlt salad 6If you have never cooked with tempeh but have been curious about it, this is the perfect way to give it a try.  Tempeh “bacon” could not be easier to prepare and it is wonderfully delicious.  Plus, let’s not even forget about how versatile it is.  It is not only great on a salad but is the perfect addition to a sandwich or as a main protein for a meal.  Don’t knock tempeh until you have tried tempeh “bacon.”

tlt salad 3Tempeh Bacon “TLT” Salad
Vegan

Serves 2

Ingredients

olive oil cooking spray
8 oz package tempeh
1/2 cup Bragg’s or coconut aminos (low-sodium soy sauce would work too)
1 bunch Romaine lettuce, chopped
1 large tomato, sliced or chopped
1/4 small red onion, sliced
vegan ranch dressing (this recipe or Hillary’s vegan chia ranch dressing)

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Spray a foil-lined baking sheet with olive oil cooking spray.

2. Slice tempeh into thin strips.

3. Place aminos in a shallow bowl.  Place tempeh strips into aminos and coat both sides.  I marinated approximately four strips at a time.  Place each tempeh strip onto the baking sheet.

4. Bake tempeh strips for approximately 20 minutes, flipping once halfway through.  The tempeh should be slightly crispy resembling bacon.

5. While the tempeh is baking, prepare the rest of your salad ingredients.

6. Compile the salad in the following order: lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and dressing.  Top it all off with your strips of tempeh “bacon.”

tlt salad 9This salad is:

Light
Green
Healthy
Flavorful
Refreshing
Crispy
Crunchy
Creamy
Delicious

Are those enough adjectives for ya?

tlt saladIf you have any leftover tempeh “bacon” after making this salad, it is absolutely fabulous on a “TLT” sandwich or a breakfast “bacon” and egg sandwich (more on that one later!).  You can essentially use this tempeh for any recipe that calls for bacon.

tlt salad 4Grab what is left of the tomatoes from your garden (or your grocery store’s “garden”) and make this salad!

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  • Jessie October 13, 2014, 1:55 am
    ...and people say you cant get healthy meals for cheap. Such bogus :) Jessie recently posted...MIMM: The Day is Finally Here!!My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 13, 2014, 10:02 am
      That is definitely one of my biggest pet peeves! Healthy food CAN be inexpensive and is definitely delicious. I am glad you agree that it is bogus ;)
  • Joanna @Makngmine October 13, 2014, 8:32 am
    Oh this post makes me happy - it looks so summery in-between all the fall/winter recipes everywhere! YUM! Joanna @Makngmine recently posted...pumpkin pickin’My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 13, 2014, 10:04 am
      Yes, unfortunately I meant to share it earlier when it was actually "Summer" weather, but I forgot! Oh well! Salads are good every time of year. Also, I need to make you tempeh bacon sometime so you can try it ;)
    • Amanda @ Diary of a Semi-Health Nut October 19, 2014, 6:37 pm
      I agree this does look so summery and fresh and colorful! Yum! Amanda @ Diary of a Semi-Health Nut recently posted...The Happy Things SeriesMy Profile
  • Julie @ Running in a Skirt October 13, 2014, 8:35 am
    You are right! So easy. I will have to give it a try! Julie @ Running in a Skirt recently posted...A Trip Along the Blue Ridge Parkway in FallMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 13, 2014, 10:05 am
      Thanks Julie! I hope you enjoy it :)
  • Heather (Where's the Beach) October 13, 2014, 10:54 am
    Yum. Looks great. I've been so lazy about making tempeh bacon and end up just buying it.
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 13, 2014, 5:43 pm
      But it is SO easy!!! Promise me next time you will make your own? ;)
  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul October 13, 2014, 11:19 am
    I am making this! It looks delicious!! Erin @ Her Heartland Soul recently posted...Weekend Snapshots 10.13My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 13, 2014, 5:45 pm
      Thank Erin!! Let me know how it goes. If anything, Josh will probably like the tempeh ;)
  • Dana @ Dana's B.S. October 13, 2014, 12:33 pm
    Where do you find tempeh in the grocery store? I've looked by the tofu and never found it, so I'm not sure if my regular stores carry it. Might stop by Central Market or Trader Joe's at some point (too expensive for weekly shopping!). Dana @ Dana's B.S. recently posted...The Great Soup Experiment: Part 2My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 13, 2014, 5:47 pm
      I normally find it next to the tofu. Generally speaking, in most grocery stores it is in the produce section. You might try requesting it at your local grocery stores. Many places will get in products if they know people will buy them (I used to work at a grocery store). Good luck!!
  • Dana @ fresh simple five October 13, 2014, 12:55 pm
    I have to admit... I've never tried tempeh!! Mostly because I don't know how to prepare it; however, making it into bacon form just might do the trick! Where do you usually buy tempeh? Dana @ fresh simple five recently posted...Easy One-Pan Tomato SauceMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 13, 2014, 9:19 pm
      It is so delicious and SUPER easy to make. Just marinate and bake! You can find it in my grocery stores and at Trader Joe's and Whole Foods. It is generally wherever the tofu is found (usually by the produce section). I hope that helps!
  • meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles October 13, 2014, 2:26 pm
    One of these days I will really buy tempeh when I say I am going to lol. I would like to make this. meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles recently posted...Weekend Highlights & Crowd Pleaser SundaeMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 13, 2014, 9:21 pm
      Do it!! Seriously. You will wonder why you haven't bought it sooner. Get some this weekend! ;)
  • Lauren @ ihadabiglunch October 13, 2014, 2:28 pm
    coconut aminos + tempeh is a flavor combo I've been wanting to try for awhile now. This looks awesome! Lauren @ ihadabiglunch recently posted...slurping turtle meets pumpkin patchMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 13, 2014, 9:22 pm
      It is SO good! Do yourself a favor and try it sooner rather than later! :)
  • Christine@ Apple of My Eye October 13, 2014, 2:38 pm
    Mhmm this looks so delicious! I don't think I would even miss the bacon ;). I've never had tempeh before, but I'm thinking about picking it up next time I hit the store. This will be the first thing I make!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 13, 2014, 9:26 pm
      You should definitely get some! It's delicious, healthy, and super easy to make. It is my favorite non-meat protein.
  • Ashley October 13, 2014, 6:51 pm
    Anything BLT-like I am alllll about. This looks delicious! I keep meaning to try tempeh ... it just never crosses my mind when I meal plan for the week! Ashley recently posted...Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Pumpkin MuffinsMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 13, 2014, 9:28 pm
      You definitely need to get hooked on the tempeh train because it is SO good... and then you can make delicious recipes with it to share on your blog! ;)
  • Alexis @ Hummusapien October 14, 2014, 5:50 am
    I haven't had tempeh in FOREVZZZZZ. I need to change that, stat.
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 14, 2014, 7:28 am
      You sure do, girlie!! We all need some tempeh in our lives :)
  • Dance of Stoves March 15, 2021, 6:24 am
    Hi Looks Delicious. But can you tell me how much calories does it have? Thanks Dance of Stoves recently posted...Healthy Vegan Tempeh Bacon Recipe (8 Ingredients)My Profile

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