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BBQ Tempeh Tahini Citrus Salad

By kathypatalsky |

BBQ Tempeh Salad

BBQ Tempeh Salad

I made this BBQ Tempeh Citrus Salad with a creamy tahini dressing the other day and fell in love with it. Mostly because it tastes amazing. But also because of how easy it is to make! Just a few simple steps and you will be enjoying sticky sweet tempeh strips coated in bold BBQ sauce – layered over top thinly sliced zesty red onion, sweet sections of winter citrus, baby greens and an amazingly creamy vegan tahini citrus dressing. When those midday hunger pangs start up don’t reach for something sweet and starchy – reach for something green and oh so satisfying – like this salad!..

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Green Salad with BBQ Tempeh and Citrus

Tempeh Salad

Start off with some basic ingredients to build the best healthy BBQ salad ever.

BBQ Tempeh Tahini Citrus Saladvegan, serves 2

You will need:
4 cups baby greens
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
1 package tempeh, cut into thin slices
3/4 cup your favorite BBQ sauce – or make your own
2-3 satsumas peeled/sectioned (or slice up any orange winter citrus you have on hand)
1 Tbsp safflower oil for sautéing tempeh
fine black pepper

Creamy tahini Dressing:
2 Tbsp vegan mayo
1 1/2 Tbsp tahini
2-3 Tbsp rice vinegar (I used yuzu flavored)
1 tsp maple syrup
pinch of black pepper
1 Tbsp citrus juice – lemon, orange or satsuma will work!


1. Saute the tempeh in safflower oil over high heat. Cook for about 2 minutes on each side – then add in the BBQ sauce and reduce heat to medium. Allow to simmer for another 3-4 minutes. For tender tempeh, cover pan with lid – for crispier tempeh leave uncovered. Remove tempeh from pan to cool a few minutes.
2. Whisk together your dressing and set aside.
3. Pile greens into bowls. Add citrus and red onion. Pour dressing over top. Add tempeh.
Serve while tempeh is still warm – it will mildly wilt the baby greens – which makes them tender and delicious.

Slideshow for more photos of the assembly process above!

BBQ Salad

BBQ Salad – vegan!

Make it a meal! Serve this salad with my Healthy. Happy. Life. recipe for Easy Sweet Potato Veggie Burgers!

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About kathypatalsky



Kathy Patalsky is a blogger, author and photographer. Her website features creative vegan recipes. She is the author of 365 Vegan Smoothies (Spring 2013). She is also the founder of

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4 thoughts on “BBQ Tempeh Tahini Citrus Salad

  1. betsy shipley says:

    You can make your own tempeh.
    Feel free to write with any questions.
    Betsy Shipley

  2. Kristen says:

    I just made this recipe– and is was SO delicious! I also made the homemade bbq sauce, and it tasted amazing, but never thickened (i used cornstarch instead of arrowroot). i ended up using about 4tsp of cornstarch, and it still wasn’t thick. it didn’t effect the meal, because the flavor was so good, but i am wondering if you have any suggestions on why this happened?

  3. Wendy aka Roo says:

    I made this tonight & it was DELISH!!! The dressing was a bit tangy for me, so I added extra maple syrup & veganeise. Going to try making the BBQ sauce next time, so that it’s healthier than the one I used.

  4. Fiona says:

    This was super yummy! It hit all the right notes! I will definitely be repeating this. Thank you!

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