Friday, May 4, 2012

Grilled Balsamic Tempeh with Potato Pea Salad & Minted Walnut Dressing

First world problem: I can not get rid of these pea shoots. When I purchased them at the store they came in a small container, roots and all. I used some scissors to cut off a handful and not two days later they had grown back! Now they are practically growing sideways and will not quit! I find this to be a pretty awesome problem to have so I am adding them to just about everything because they look pretty and taste great.

Grilled tempeh marinated with rosemary, balsamic vinegar and garlic tossed in a spinach salad with pea shoots, walnuts and potatoes soaked in minty dressing.

Grilled Balsamic Tempeh
2/3 cup balsamic vinegar
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 tbl dried rosemary
2 tbl tamari
1 heaping tbl organic light brown sugar
1/2 tsp black pepper
3 garlic cloves, smashed
10 oz tempeh, cut into thin triangles
2 tbl extra virgin olive oil

Combine all of the marinade ingredients in a blender. Process until smooth. Pour over the tempeh and marinate for at least 2 hours to overnight.
Lightly grease a grill pan with olive oil and grill for 5 minutes on each side until you have nice, dark char marks.

Potato Pea Salad
1 lb baby yukon gold potatoes, quartered
1 cup fresh or frozen English peas
2 cups baby spinach
1 cup pea shoots
2 tbl toasted walnuts, roughly chopped
1 tbl extra virgin olive oil

Bring a pot of cold, salted water and potatoes to a boil. Cook until tender. Add the peas and cook 30 seconds more. Reserve 1/4 cup of the starchy water. Drain the potatoes. Add the starchy water back in with the potatoes and peas along with the mint dressing. Toss to combine while hot and taste to season with salt and pepper.
Assemble a salad with spinach on the bottom, potatoes, peas and tempeh on top. Garnish with walnuts and pea shoots. Drizzle with olive oil.

Minted Walnut Dressing
1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tbl chopped, toasted walnuts
juice of 2 lemons (about 3-4 tbl)
salt and pepper, to taste

Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Taste and season with salt and pepper.

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