Vegan Deli Tempeh Pecan Salad

November 8, 2010 by Keri

When I decided on Vegan Deli‘s Tempeh Pecan Salad (page 80) for a weekend lunch, I thought it would be tasty, but I can’t say I was expecting anything special.  The recipe only has 6 ingredients, and no deli salad could be better than Awesome Eggless Salad!  After a no-effort preparation and a couple hours chilling in the refrigerator, I served the cold tempeh salad over spinach with tomato slices and vegan buttered toast.  What a perfect lunch!  I dare say I liked this chickenless salad even better than my favorite eggless salad, but maybe that’s comparing apples and oranges.  I’m thrilled to share this quick and easy recipe, because I think it will be perfect for packing work and school lunches or just a simple Sunday lunch.

Vegan Salad Recipes

Tempeh Pecan Salad

  • 1 8-ounce package frozen tempeh, thawed
  • 1/2 cup vegan mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 2 tablespoons finely minced red onion (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh minced parsley
  • Salt and pepper

Steam the tempeh for 20 minutes, then cool.  Cut into 1/4 inch cubes, and place in a bowl.  Add the remaining ingredients and mix gently.  Chill thoroughly before serving.

Vegan Salad Recipes

Vegan Salad Recipes

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  1. Great recipe! it looks delicious!

  2. That salad looks really delicious! How do you like the cookbook?

    • Keri says:

      I really love it! My mom worked in a deli when I was growing up, so cold salads like this are very familiar. 🙂

  3. Sarah S. says:

    I am fairly certain that Joanne Stepaniak can do no wrong!

  4. Leinana says:

    That looks like a perfect lunch salad. Yet another book you’ve recommended that I need to add to my collection!

  5. Tami says:

    That looks really good!

  6. Mihl says:

    Wow, that looks like a really great salad!

  7. Noelle says:

    OK, now I am adding this to my new I-do-not-have-an-aversion to tempeh list of recipes. Thanks a bunch! 🙂

  8. Megan says:

    This is a great idea– I’ll have to give it a try.

  9. Jojo says:

    That looks SO delicious, I’m looking forward to it being salad weather again.

  10. looks nice and light. A healthy summer meal!

  11. Jeni Treehugger says:

    That looks crazy good.

  12. I love super easy lunch recipes with only 5 or 6 ingredients. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Lacey says:

    You really motivate me to cook a wider variety of things. It’s impressive seeing all the different things you test out. Keep on motivating the vegan masses!!

    • Keri says:

      Thank you, Lacey. That really means a lot to me! Especially on days when I’m like, “Why am I standing here taking photos of soup while my family eats?!”

  14. Paula says:

    Tempeh is seriously one of my favorite foods ever!! I can’t wait to make this. Im’ thinking some cranberries would be good in there to,