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The Naturopathic Chef: Tempeh Salad

This recipe is perfect for traveling. I developed it for a rock climbing and mountain biking resort. It freezes perfectly; thaw and stir, you’ll never know it was frozen. Think of this as vegan tuna salad. The tempeh absorbs flavor easily. Great on a sandwich, served by the scoop over greens, or on your favorite cracker or chip.

  • 8 oz Tempeh, any flavor
  • 2 tsp Avocado Oil
  • 2 tsp  Low SodiumTamari
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 3 tbls Celery, small dice, use leaves too
  • 2 tbls Carrot, shredded
  • 1 tbls Purple or Green Onion, minced
  • 2 tbls Sweet or Dill Pickle Relish (Which one did your Mom use?)
  • 1/3 c Grapeseed Oil Mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp Yellow Mustard
  • 1 tsp Red Wine Vinegar
  • 2 tsp Dill

Heat oil in a medium saute’ pan, crumble tempeh and add to pan. Season with Tamari, salt and pepper. Cook over medium-high heat until lightly browned. Remove from pan and spread on plate or sheet pan to cool. Place all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl, stir gently just to combine. Taste for seasoning, cover, and chill.

Phyto Facts

Every time we eat protein, our body produces ammonia as a by-product of the digestive process. The kidneys are responsible for clearing this potentially hazardous chemical. By eating small amounts of protein, we allow our kidneys to clear themselves. When we eat nothing but protein, our bodies don’t have the opportunity to do this. The build-up of ammonia in our bloodstream and kidneys can lead to kidney disease, and eventual kidney failure.

It is estimated by many nutritional researchers that we eat as much as 350% more protein, and especially animal protein, than is required in a balanced diet. This leads to all kinds of other health problems later on in life. Plant based proteins, such as Tempeh, are much easier for the kidneys to tolerate.

Grapeseed oil is very high in antioxidants and helps keep arteries clear and flexible. Bioflavonoids in the grapeseed oil are among some of the most effective youth-preserving of phytonutrients. Add any veggies that your family likes; dried fruit also makes a nice addition.

This salad is a good source of fiber too. Fiber is like exercise from the inside out. Insoluble fiber, like the ingredients found here, tone and strengthen our intestinal walls preventing diseases like diverticulosis.


Affectionately referred to as The Walking Encyclopedia of Human Wellness, Fitness Coach, Strength Competitor and Powerlifting pioneer, Tina “The Medicine Chef” Martini is an internationally recognized Naturopathic Chef and star of the cooking show, Tina’s Ageless Kitchen. Tina’s cooking and lifestyle show has reached millions of food and fitness lovers all over the globe. Over the last 30 years, Tina has assisted celebrities, gold-medal athletes and over-scheduled executives naturally achieve radiant health using The Pyramid of Power: balancing Healthy Nutrition and the healing power of food, with Active Fitness and Body Alignment techniques. Working with those who have late-stage cancer, advanced diabetes, cardiovascular and other illnesses, Tina’s clients are astounded at the ease and speed with which they are able to restore their radiant health. Tina believes that maintaining balance in our diet, physical activity, and in our work and spiritual life is the key to our good health, happiness and overall well being. Visit her website, themedicinechef.com

MFN Contributing Author