pan-seared rutabaga & tempeh salad with sesame-honey tamari dressing
yield: 1 lucky duck solo lunch salad
a vibrant winter salad of baby greens, scallions, and cilantro, with pan-roasted tempeh & rutabaga and a simple honey-sesame tamari dressing.
for the salad
  • sesame oil for cooking tempeh and rutabaga
  • tempeh slices + tamari + seasonings as you like
  • 1 small rutabaga, sliced into thin half-moons
  • red romaine/any baby winter lettuces/greens
  • fresh cilantro leaves
  • scallion, thinly sliced
for the dressing
  • ½ tsp teaspoon soy sauce
  • ½ tsp red miso paste
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • ½ teaspoon honey, softened or melted if necessary
  • 1-2 teaspoon sesame oil -- toasted for extra flavor, if you want
  • ⅛ tsp ground ginger
  • garlic powder
  • tiny bit of onion powder
  • red pepper
  1. heat a little glug of sesame oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium heat. toss in the tempeh slices and stir to coat. let fry on both sides until browned. toss in some easy seasonings toward the end of its stay in the pan, if you want -- i almost always use onion + garlic powders with some paprika on tempeh. remove slices from pan and set aside.
  2. in the same hot skillet, pour a little more oil in and turn up the heat to medium high. when it's just about smoking, add the rutabaga slices. stir a little to coat in the oil, then let the slices sizzle, stirring just occasionally until brown and crisp on the edges. season with a little salt and pepper and set aside.
  3. build the salad, starting with your lettuce or greens, then the rutabaga and tempeh, followed by the cilantro and scallions. grind a little black pepper up in it. salads love pepper, no?
  4. to make the dressing, tenderly throw all ingredients into a bowl and whisk. dance probably. stick your finger in it and lick. does it taste good? good. does it taste plain like it needs more salt? add more salt. if it's on the bitter/acidic side, add a touch more oil to smooth it out. if it's too rich, a half squeeze more lime. if it needs more body, some more tamari or miso will pump it up. congratulations, you are a certified salad dressing troubleshooter. we should go into business together. after lunch though, okay?
Recipe by The Briny at