Friday, November 23, 2012

roasted beet & carrot salad ~ tempeh "croutons"

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sometimes i simply crave fresh & light - even in the fall & winter months.
in the summer salads are a staple weeknight dinner for justin and i.
when fall and winter approach we crave warm fall comfort food - soups, stews, casseroles, freshly baked bread. in between all those hearty soul warming meals the craving for fresh crisp greens crept up on us. luckily our local winter farmers market farmer is still growing greens in the greenhouse - paired with roasted root veggies it became the best fusion of summer and fall - a summer fall fusion salad.

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when a salad is built right it can be incredibly satisfying and so un-boring.
whenever i make a salad i think about layering - the layering of flavors & textures.
roasted carrots & beets lend some bulk & flavor, dried nectarines a bit of sweetness, walnuts for heart healthy fats & crunch, wasabi roasted edamame for heat and contrast.
luckily, despite the freezing over night temps my parsley was still hanging on- i love adding fresh herbs to salads, flat leaf parsley is my favorite salad herb.

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prior to about 6 months ago i was never fond of tempeh - the truth is i never really knew what to do with tempeh. i had a bad experience many years ago, and never went back to give it a second chance. that is until i learned how to infuse it with flavor ( i don't recommend eating tempeh straight up), now i can't get enough of it! the tempeh croutons that top this salad are super easy to make, leftovers make a great snack to!
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making a salad for guests or your kids? make a salad that  has a ton of color and textures.
ruby red beets, orange carrots against the greens makes a stunning side to any meal or as a main course for a light lunch with friends. light lunch = room for a decadent dessert.
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do you crave summer freshness during the fall & winter months?
how do you adapt your summer salads to work with all the delicious fall flavors we are lucky to have?
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Roasted Beet & Carrot Salad ~ Tempeh "Croutons"
serves 2 as a meal or 4 as a side

you will need:

2 large beets peeled, sliced in half then sliced into half circles
8 small carrots or 4 medium, scrubbed & cut into 3" sticks
1 tbsp rosemary infused canola oil/ canola oil + 2 tsp minced rosemary
sprinkle of kosher salt
1/2 cup roasted wasabi edamame
8 dried nectarines cut into quarters
1/2 cup walnut pieces
8 cups field greens
handful flat leaf parsley

for the tempeh croutons
1 package of tempeh - sliced in half lengthwise & cut into small squares
1 tbsp tahini
3 tbsp balsamic
1 tsp rosemary infused canola oil
4 tbsp water

for the vinaigrette
2 parts apple cider vinegar
3 parts olive oil
2 tbsp parsley, torn
salt & freshly ground pepper to taste

assembly:
pre heat oven to 425*

on a rimmed baking sheet, evenly spread beets and carrots & toss with rosemary canola oil. roast in pre heated oven for 25 minutes.

in a medium bowl mix together tahini through water - submerge tempeh squares into the mixture and allow to marinate for at least 10 minutes.

on a serving platter or bowl toss greens and parsley - add walnuts, wasabi edamame & walnuts.

in a medium saute pan over medium high heat add tempeh & marinade. cook over medium high heat until tempeh begins to turn golden and marinade begins to cook down - adjust heat as necessary to avoid burning

remove veggies and allow to cool to the touch - add to the salad and top with the tempeh croutons.

to make vinaigrette simply wisk all ingredients together until emulsified - drizzle over the salad just prior to serving.

roasted veggies & tempeh can be made a day ahead - assemble salad just prior to serving.

12 comments:

  1. Those croutons sound amazing! What a great way to get some protein into a salad :)

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  2. I want this salad ASAP since it looks divine :)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  3. Salads with marinated seared tempeh are a standard at our house! I love the idea of mixing it up with roasted root veg. :)

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  4. I love using roasted beets for a winter salad! Those flavoured tempeh croutons would complement the other ingredients so well and help make this a heartier salad! I don't think I knew you could get dried nectarines either - interesting addition!

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  5. Holy Dooly! This salad is SO droolworthy! Love it Heather!

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  6. Yum! This year I missed out on the ton of beets I usually get. I need to look for some now that I've seen your salad :D And your croutons look awesome!

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  7. This has got to be one of the most colourful and beautiful salads I've seen! The vivid colours really cheer me up, especially here in Toronto, where the weather is dark and gloomy, and the nights getting longer. As we approach the "darkest" months of the year, I am so happy to see such a bright salad like this! Makes me think of warmer days...

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  8. Oh my goodness, how did you manage to put so many of my favorite things on a salad? I am definitely making this.

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  9. Beautiful Miss Heather! ;D
    I'm loving these flavours all combined ;)

    ps....
    I would love it if you shared this or another recipe at my Fall into Winter themed Potluck Party:
    Hope to see you there. Have a great weekend. Ella

    http://www.lifeologia.com/potluck-party-fall-into-winter-recipes/

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  10. This looks delicious!
    I wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the Liebster award. :)
    - Stacey
    http://healthyhappyhippie.com/post/36998503332/liebster

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  11. In the winter, when I feel like having a salad, I always add roasted veggies. This salad looks phenomenal (Good luck with the salad contest!). :-)

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