“Raspberry Habanero BBQ Hempeh” Mixing Bowl Salad with Creamy Ranch

A few weeks ago, I came home from a gorgeous walk through yellow trees to a package on the doorstep from Smiling Hara Tempeh. Squee!


I’ve been a fan of this NC-based company for a few years—you may remember the Penne Pesto I made with their Black-Eyed Pea tempeh? So good. Smiling Hara makes the tastiest soy-free tempeh, and before they had the online store (so thrilled about this), sweet Sarah used let me order directly via email from her and she’d ship to me in WV.

I love tempeh, but personally can’t do the soy. I also love a mixing-bowl-sized salad loaded with veggies. I mean, just look at these beauties—begging to go into a salad bowl…


Smiling Hara had me at Raspberry-Habanero-BBQ. Lordy.

So, I’ve got some sweet and heat in this salad, plus cooling, creamy goodness like dairy-free ranch…


… and avocado, because, avocado.

Soy tends to be a crutch ingredient in the plant-based world for anything creamy or “faux” meat, but a crave-able, plant-based tempeh salad with a creamy dressing like ranch IS possible without the soy.

Here’s the Proof:

Raspberry-Habanero-BBQ Hempeh Mixing-Bowl Salad with Creamy Ranch
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A spicy, sweet, creamy, crave-able mixing-bowl salad that’s easy to prepare. Recipe by: YumUniverse
Recipe type: Lunch & Dinner
Allergy Info: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, Plant-Based
Serves: 1-2
  • Organic ingredients recommended.
  • ½ pack Smiling Hara Raspberry-Habanero-BBQ tempeh (or any other flavors you like), sliced or cubed
  • Grapeseed, avocado, or unrefined coconut oil
  • 2 cups chopped romaine
  • 2 cups mixed greens
  • ½ cup non-GMO corn kernels
  • 1 cup broccoli florets, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • ¼ cup red onion, sliced thinly
  • ½–1 avocado, sliced
  • Dairy-free, soy-free ranch dressing
  • Pinch fine-ground sea salt
  • Fresh-cracked black pepper to taste
Let’s get started.
  1. If you haven’t prepared your Ranch dressing yet, please do according to these instructions.

  2. Fill a mixing bowl with your greens, moving them to one side—make room for warmer items—set aside.

  3. Now, in a skillet heated to medium, drizzle 1 teaspoon oil and add corn kernels. Shake out pan to scatter corn and let the kernels sear undisturbed for 2 minutes. Shake pan again and cook 1 more minute, then transfer to the large mixing bowl.

  4. Add broccoli to the skillet with a little oil—let florets sear in the pan undisturbed for 5 minutes. Toss 3 tablespoons of water into the skillet, cover with a lid and let the florets steam for 1–2 minutes. Remove broccoli from heat and transfer to the mixing bowl.

  5. Reduce heat of the skillet to medium-low and add tempeh. Cook for 2 minutes on each side and transfer to the mixing bowl.

  6. Add avocado, onion, a pinch of sea salt, fresh-cracked black pepper, dressing and enjoy.
This salad is also terrific with kale—just sprinkle 7–10 leaves of chopped, de-stemmed kale with a inch of sea salt and massage for 1–2 minutes. This will wilt the leaves and remove bitterness.



Smiling Hara is offering 20% off of the first order to YumUniverse peeps, if you enter “HappyBelly20” at checkout!

So, are you a fan of tempeh? Or have you skipped out in it due to soy allergy? Tell us with a comment below.

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  1. MaryAnn Doolittle

    Just checked out Smiling Hara. They don’t offer the Raspberry Habanero BBQ. Any suggestions. I have Hasimotos and stay away from soy. Mary-Ann

    • I would contact Sarah via the site and let her know you want that flavor! Then I would try another one as they have so many! Any would work in the salad I shared—I made it successfully with their Miso Ginger and Black Pepper flavors just last week… Good luck 🙂

  2. Tempeh is the only soy product that I eat on a regular basis, maybe once or twice a week. I enjoy it seared in coconut oil or crumbled and sautéed with veggies – I made an amazing tempeh & bok choy stir fry for lunch today with homemade teriyaki sauce. I’m excited to order and try the Smiling Hara tempeh, I’m sure it’s delicious!!!

  3. Kayla

    This salad looks so delicious Heather! Reminds me of Summer. Haha. So exciting to find a soy free tempeh. Will check out the hempeh products! I think I may have commented about it before but I really have been enjoying the printable version for your recipes! So easy to add them to my collection!

    Thanks for sharing!

    -Kayla 🙂

    • Yay, I’m so happy Kayla. I’m only sorry I didn’t do it sooner. I love it, too 🙂 x H

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