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Loaded with crispy buffalo tempeh, vegan ranch and all the crunchy veggies, this Buffalo Tempeh Salad is a healthy, simple and delicious vegan salad!

Loaded with crispy buffalo tempeh, vegan ranch and all the crunchy veggies, this Buffalo Tempeh Salad is a healthy, simple and delicious vegan salad | ThisSavoryVegan.com

Give me a buffalo/ranch combo and I am a happy girl. But making it healthy AND tasty makes it even better! And this Buffalo Tempeh Salad does just that. Tempeh is cubed, boiled and then pan fried until crispy. Tossed in buffalo sauce for the perfect crispy/saucy mash up. It is then served over a HUGE salad with tons of veggies. The whole thing is tossed in a lightened up vegan ranch. And you have a high protein, low carb, delicious vegan salad! Perfect for a party, quick dinner or easy lunch!

Step One: Prep the Tempeh

I honestly haven’t used tempeh in a recipe in a long time. And I realize that I miss it so much! Expect to see more tempeh in upcoming recipes 😉

To make the tempeh, first we are going to cube it. Next, add the cubes to a pan of boiling water and let it boil for 5 minutes. This step isn’t totally necessary, but boiling the tempeh takes away any bitterness and cooks it slightly.

Drain the tempeh and let it cool while we prep everything else.

Step Two: Ranch Dressing & Veggies

While the tempeh is cooling, we are going to get the vegan ranch dressing mixed and the veggies prepped.

Loaded with crispy buffalo tempeh, vegan ranch and all the crunchy veggies, this Buffalo Tempeh Salad is a healthy, simple and delicious vegan salad | ThisSavoryVegan.com

This lightened up vegan ranch dressing is my absolute favorite right now! You get all of the creaminess with less fat. Here is what you need:

  • vegan mayo
  • non-dairy yogurt
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • dried parsley
  • dried chives
  • dried dill
  • pepper
  • apple cider vinegar

Add all of the ranch ingredients to a bowl. Mix to combine, taste and adjust the seasonings as needed. Place in the fridge until ready to use.

Loaded with crispy buffalo tempeh, vegan ranch and all the crunchy veggies, this Buffalo Tempeh Salad is a healthy, simple and delicious vegan salad | ThisSavoryVegan.com

The veggies that need to be prepped are romaine lettuce, cherry tomatoes, red cabbage, carrots, green onions, red onion, cilantro & avocado. By having everything prepped, it will make assembly way easier!

Loaded with crispy buffalo tempeh, vegan ranch and all the crunchy veggies, this Buffalo Tempeh Salad is a healthy, simple and delicious vegan salad | ThisSavoryVegan.com

Step Three: Cook the Tempeh

Now we can get to cooking the tempeh. To start, add some oil, garlic powder, smoked paprika and pepper to a bowl. Mix to combine and add the tempeh. Toss until everything is coated.

Loaded with crispy buffalo tempeh, vegan ranch and all the crunchy veggies, this Buffalo Tempeh Salad is a healthy, simple and delicious vegan salad | ThisSavoryVegan.com

Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add the tempeh and cook until browned on both sides (approx. 3 minutes per side). Pour in the buffalo sauce and toss until the sauce starts to caramelize on the tempeh.

The tempeh should have the perfect amount of crunch and sauciness!

Step Four: Assemble & Serve

To assemble, add the romaine, cabbage, carrots & red onion to a large bowl with 3/4 of the ranch. Toss to coat. Top the salad with the tempeh and remaining veggies. You can drizzle the leftover ranch over individual plates.

Loaded with crispy buffalo tempeh, vegan ranch and all the crunchy veggies, this Buffalo Tempeh Salad is a healthy, simple and delicious vegan salad | ThisSavoryVegan.com
Loaded with crispy buffalo tempeh, vegan ranch and all the crunchy veggies, this Buffalo Tempeh Salad is a healthy, simple and delicious vegan salad | ThisSavoryVegan.com

You get crunchy veggies, crispy tempeh and creamy ranch. It is the ultimate combo!

This is best served right away – this will keep the tempeh crisp & the veggies from wilting! But, if you need to make this ahead of time, leave the dressing and avocado off to the side until it is time to serve.

Loaded with crispy buffalo tempeh, vegan ranch and all the crunchy veggies, this Buffalo Tempeh Salad is a healthy, simple and delicious vegan salad | ThisSavoryVegan.com
Loaded with crispy buffalo tempeh, vegan ranch and all the crunchy veggies, this Buffalo Tempeh Salad is a healthy, simple and delicious vegan salad | ThisSavoryVegan.com

Buffalo Tempeh Salad

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Loaded with crispy buffalo tempeh, vegan ranch and all the crunchy veggies, this Buffalo Tempeh Salad is a healthy, simple and delicious vegan salad!
5 from 2 ratings

Ingredients

FOR THE BUFFALO TEMPEH

FOR THE VEGAN RANCH

FOR THE SALAD

Equipment

  • sauce pan

Instructions
 

  • Bring a small pan of water to a boil. Add the cubed tempeh and boil for 5 minutes. Drain and set aside while you prep the rest of the salad.
  • Add all of the ranch ingredients to a bowl. Mix to combine, taste and adjust the seasonings as needed. Place in the fridge until ready to use.
  • Dice all of the veggies and set aside.
  • Add the oil, garlic powder, smoked paprika & pepper to a bowl and mix to combine. Add the drained tempeh and toss to coat. Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add the tempeh and cook until browned on both sides (approx. 3 minutes per side). Pour in the buffalo sauce and toss until the sauce starts to caramelize on the tempeh. Remove from the heat.
  • To assemble, add the romaine, cabbage, carrots & red onion to a large bowl with 3/4 of the ranch. Toss to coat. Top the salad with the tempeh and remaining veggies. Serve with the leftover ranch on the side.

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Calories: 416kcal, Carbohydrates: 26g, Protein: 15g, Fat: 30g
Cuisine: American
Course: lunch, Main Course
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Loaded with crispy buffalo tempeh, vegan ranch and all the crunchy veggies, this Buffalo Tempeh Salad is a healthy, simple and delicious vegan salad | ThisSavoryVegan.com