Smokey Tempeh + Kale Salad

Massaged Kale Tempeh Salad

If you’re looking for a light, tasty, and nourishing side dish for Thanksgiving dinner, look no further. This smokey tempeh kale salad has it going on! It will look great on your holiday table along with the other dishes, and can even be eaten as an entree salad (in case you’re taking a dish to a non-vegan celebration).

I can’t wait for Thanksgiving dinner. I’ll be cooking for a handful of clients, and celebrating the holiday with Maxx’s family. I plan on taking my butternut squash lasagna and a sweet potato dessert (or 2) to the dinner. What will you be making?

Fresh Pomegranate

This recipe was originally shared in my Holiday 2013 e-cookbook, Nourish. The gorgeous photos were taken by my dear friend Sidney Bensimon. She also took the header photos for this blog, and all of the good photos of me.

The earthiness from the kale is balanced with tart lemon and Asian pear. The smokey marinated tempeh adds even more depth to the flavor of the salad. Top it with pomegranate seeds for another burst of fresh, fruity flavor and you are all set! The flavors are perfect.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Comment below if you loved this tempeh kale salad!

Massaged Kale Tempeh Salad

Smokey Tempeh, Kale + Pomegranate Salad


Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook Time 15 minutes


Marinated Tempeh

  • 1 package soy tempeh cubed
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp liquid smoke


  • 1 large bunch of lacinato kale or another kale or green, washed and chopped
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds/ arils
  • 1 Asian pear thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • sea salt


Marinated Tempeh

  • Place the tempeh cubes in a mixing bowl or container.

  • In a small mixing bowl stir together the liquid ingredients, and pour over the tempeh.

  • Let marinate for at least one hour, or even overnight for more flavor.

  • Once marinated pan fry the tempeh cubes in a skillet. Serve in salad…

Assemble salad

  • Place the chopped kale into a large mixing bowl, and add the lemon juice, olive oil, and a dash of sea salt.

  • Massage the kale with your hands until it is tender, about 4 minutes.

  • Add the marinated tempeh, pomegranate seeds, and pear to the kale.

  • Toss well, then season with the tempeh marinade to taste.

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