CEimB: Grilled Thai Beef (Tempeh) Salad

by Joanne on August 20, 2009

Ooh La La! Miss Jen  of Jen B’s Cooking Carveout picked a winner for this weeks CEimB cooks. Did she know this ahead of time? Was advanced preparation in the works here?  How could she KNOW this would be so good?   😈    What ever the case, it’s all allowable and scored another 100% in our home. There were only two of us this week, well, Shane but he doesn’t count because he can’t offer any valuable feedback.  On page 107 of The Food You Crave by Ellie Krieger you will find this super, summer, salad with a sizzlin’ steak (or tempeh).   


Grilled Thai Beef Salad

Grilled Thai Beef Salad made also with Tempeh. 

Tempeh, as mentioned in previous posts, is a vegetarian protein source made of fermented soy.  I used Garden Veggie Tempeh by LightLife. *Click to see the nutritional fact.


Garden Thai Tempeh Salad

Grilled Thai Tempeh Salad

 Using the tempeh, the marinade was made in the same way as Ted’s top round London broil, marinated them in separate bags over night, grilled them the same way, for the same amount of time,  and enjoyed over the salad greens in the exact same manner.

The changes I made to Ellie’s Recipe:  1.  I made the dressing separately using Extra Virgin Olive oil.  2.  Reduced the brown sugar to 1 TBS for the dressing.  3. For both the marinade and the dressing, I used Red Chile Paste.

How could we possibly not enjoy this recipe?  It was grilled. It was healthy (for the beefy version, serving size of 2 1/2 cups, the book notes that there were 345 cals. 18.5 g fat), it was easy.  

Ted thought it was fantastic.  We discovered he does not like cilantro.  Another member of the CEimB “Rid the World of Cilantro Club“.   He also believed his meal needed a whole wheat bun to make it 100 % PLUS to his liking.


My thoughts on this dinner: perfect. It was spicy, due to the chile pepper sauce with a little sweetness. I loved the fresh ginger.  All the flavors came together perfectly in this recipe.  AND.. I really enjoy salad.

Tempeh doesn't look so bad, does it?  :)

Tempeh doesn't look so bad, does it? 🙂

Great pick Jen!

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  • At 2009.08.20 09:44, Kayte said:

    The things I learn over here! I have never tried tempeh before, but I am thinking this would be a great one to do it with as the dressing really made this salad…the flavors were lovely. Good idea cutting down on the sugar, too, I think it was plenty sweet and the lesser amount might just give it that depth without being overly sweet. Thanks for the education this week…your salad looks absolutely beautiful! Happy to hear there is another non-griller in the club! LOL. We always joke and say we can never get divorced as I don’t know how to grill and he hasn’t a clue how to operate the stove or oven!

    • At 2009.08.20 10:27, Lauryn said:

      Yum, your salad looks great! I happen to love tempeh and I bet it tasted delicious!

      • At 2009.08.20 12:16, Cathy said:

        To answer your question, tempeh actually looks great! I need to give it a try sometime! So glad that the salad was a big hit in your house. We’ll definitely make this one again, too.

        • At 2009.08.20 12:44, Alyssa said:

          That tempeh looks good..! I’ve had veggie burgers before and steak starters by morning star.. so I’ll have to give these a try! I like how it’s less in calories and fat (I’m assuming).


          • At 2009.08.20 15:16, sara said:

            Both versions look fabulous, so glad you both liked this. I have to tell you that I just watched a show on how tempeh is made, and I was a little grossed out. I don;t know if I could convince my meat loving boyfriend to try it 🙂

            • At 2009.08.20 15:22, Liz said:

              As a member of the “Rid the World of Cilantro Club”, I can understand Ted’s dislike of cilantro 🙂 I’m also a member of the “I’ve Never Tried Tempeh Club” but would like to change that soon – you make vegetarian eating look so good! I even made tofu for the first time recently and thought of you.

              • At 2009.08.20 15:28, applec said:

                Re the Tempeh: I’ve never seen how it is made, just read about it. I also showed it to my sister and she wonders how I can eat it. As for Ted – he has totally banned soy from his diet (you know…the estrogen thing !).
                It’s like tofu and will take on any flavor you couple with it. But unlike tofu, it has a solid “meat-like” texture.

                • At 2009.08.20 15:42, sara said:

                  oh, and that’s right Ted – cilantro IS terrible!

                  • At 2009.08.20 16:48, Jeena said:

                    This looks lovely and the salad is so fresh and vibrant, I love coriander. 🙂

                    • At 2009.08.20 18:37, Maria said:

                      You’ve actually made me want to try Tempeh!

                      • At 2009.08.20 19:22, chayacomfycook said:

                        Your salad looks great. I like the color the tomato adds. I can see that filling you up.

                        • At 2009.08.20 21:27, Karine said:

                          This salad looks delicious!

                          As for cilantro, this herbs never lets someone indifferent. 😛

                          • At 2009.08.20 23:55, Amy I. said:

                            Ha! I’d like to run for president of the club! I’m really not so passionate and vocal about many things, I’m pretty agreeable usually. But ridding the world of cilantro is definitely something I could get behind!

                            My husband loves tempeh, I’ll have to give it a shot sometime! Your salad looks lovely and I love the idea of shooting with the book in the background 🙂

                            • At 2009.08.21 12:22, petite nyonya said:

                              I love tempeh, so healthy and versatile in cooking. This is a clever way of using tempeh. Over here, we cook it a lot with chilli paste or sambal.

                              • At 2009.08.22 07:45, Leslie said:

                                Wasn’t this fantastic? I was so surprised by how flavorful the dressing and salad were. Definitely 100% in my book.

                                • At 2009.08.23 10:47, peggy said:

                                  altho your salad looks fabulous, I’ll be sticking with my steak on top. Not sure about the tempeh! This was a great salad tho.

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