On A Kick

by Holly on July 10, 2011

in Asian,gluten-free,recipes,silliness,vegan

I’m on a kick.

An Asian kick. A tempeh kick. A salad kick. A Sriracha kick. And yes, I’m always on a Jake Gyllenhaal kick (because when a celebrity like him can go toe-to-toe with Bear Grylls and eat a worm, you know he’s a real, swoonworthy man).

I have come to the conclusion these random kicks are all very good kicks to be on considering that as I just ended a beer kick, an all-you-can-eat Wisconsin Cheese kick, a no working out kick and a refusal to shower kick. Vegan eats, fermented soybeans, spicy condiments and mounds of vegetables sure sound like a win-win after the last week of Wisconsin summer shenanigans.

So…I am thinking what I should really do is just mix all my kicks.

Because then maybe – just maybe – I could say zai-jian to those seven pounds of fun chub and ni-hao to a healthy Asian-inspired, tempeh-topped salad with a yummy Sriracha-spiced dressing that I could definitely see myself eating one day on the comfort of my ocean-facing Santa Monica patio with M.F.H.H. (ahem, my future hunky husband) Jake Gyllenhaal: Ginger Soy Glazed Tempeh Salad with Spicy Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette.

Try saying that five times fast.

Or don’t.

It might save us some time seeming as we are going to need to head straight to our local farmer’s market to buy 12 heads of garlic scapes. Don’t pass go. Don’t collect $200.

To the farmer’s market we go!

A flavor cross between garlic and scallions, garlic scapes are the stem of hardneck garlic and give this salad a tender, delicious bite. While you could easily substitute green scallions in this recipe, these gorgeous garlic scapes are worth calling around to four different stores for only to realize multiple vendors at the farmer’s market carry their curly, twisting heads (<- hypothetically-speaking, of course).

Grilling the garlic stems + buds takes them to “Top-3-Vegetables-Ever-Eaten-In-My-Life Status.”

Next up, I sense a grilled garlic scape kick!

You’ve been warned.

It’s just too bad Jake hasn’t been warned of his food-blogging, Internet stalker.

Ginger Soy Glazed Tempeh Salad with Grilled Garlic Scapes

1 (8-oz) package tempeh
2 T tamari or soy sauce
2 T mirin*
1 T sesame oil
1 T minced garlic
1 T sweet chili sauce
1 t Sriracha, or to taste
1/2 t ground ginger or 1 T fresh grated ginger
1/2 t honey
12 garlic scapes
1 (5-oz) bag baby spinach
1 cup diced fresh pineapple
1 medium red bell pepper, diced
1/4 cup sunflower seeds

*mirin is rice vinegar – a sweet white wine such as riesling makes an easy substitution

Dice your block of tempeh into roughly 1/2-inch x 1/2-inch squares. Place in a small bowl, and add tamari, mirin, sesame oil, garlic, sweet chili sauce, Sriracha, ginger and honey.

Mix well, and cover. Place in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours to marinate.

In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, pour the tempeh and remaining marinade in the pan. Stir occasionally, flipping cubes of tempeh to ensure even cooking. Continue sauteeing until liquid has evaporated, creating a thick glaze over the tempeh cubes. Turn off heat and let sit.

Meanwhile, lightly coat garlic scapes with cooking spray and place in a grill pan or on a grill over medium heat. Grill until slightly charred, turning garlic scapes every few minutes to ensure they don’t burn and are cooked evenly.

To serve, place two handfuls baby spinach, 1/4 diced red bell pepper, 1/4 cup pineapple and 1 T sunflower seeds on four plates. Top each salad with 5 to 6 cubes of Ginger Soy Glazed Tempeh and three garlic scapes.

Spicy Cilantro Lime Ginger Vinaigrette

1/3 cup canola oil
Juice of 1 lime
2 T finely chopped fresh cilantro
1 t honey
1 t Sriracha, or to taste
1/2 t garlic salt
1/2 t ground ginger
salt + pepper, to taste

In a small bowl or dressing shaker, mix all ingredients with a fork or whisk until blended.

Top each salad with two generous tablespoons of dressing.

Lightly toss.


Makes 4 servings

Tell me, tell me – what kick are YOU on lately? As always, sharing is caring!


Erica July 10, 2011 at 12:19 pm

I saw that Jake was on that show and instantly thought of you haha. Thats awesome that he did that. What a yummy dish. I’ve been wanting to try garlic scapes- I’ve heard such good things. Lately I’m on the ….lets have this baby kick haha.

Katie July 10, 2011 at 12:25 pm

I just saw garlic scapes for the first time on my food network calendar (a new food featured each week) – I’d never heard of of them before!

And I suppose I’m on a pancake kick, seeing as how I just ate 5 (or was it six?) of them for breakfast.

Jessica @ Stylish Stealthy & Healthy July 10, 2011 at 12:32 pm

Not that I’m not always on this kick, but I’ve been even more peanut-butter-obsessed lately. I’ve baked like 4 things in the last 2 weeks based on it and just tried the PB&CO Dark Chocolate kind for the first time and may or may not (totally may) have been eating it by the spoonful.

Julia H. (The Petite Spiel) July 10, 2011 at 12:34 pm

I’ve been on a cheddar cheese kick lately–specifically the Mini Babybel cheddar. I use it on my turkey sandwiches..and I’ve discovered that after it melts (I put it on my bread before toasting it), it tastes like macaroni and cheese. So weird…but SO awesome.

Mackenzie @ Whatever, Gatsby July 10, 2011 at 12:57 pm

you are a girl after my own heart! SRIRACHA ON EVERYTHING. this is also from the girl who can go through a huge bottle of it….in less than two weeks.

praise be to jake g! i watched prince of persia the other night and thought of you! SO MUCH AB-BAGE!! SO MUCH TERRIBLE DIALOGUE! it was glorious.

Mary @ Bites and Bliss July 10, 2011 at 1:26 pm

I had tempeh for the first time in a very long time last night..and I think I may smell a new kick in the making!

Leah @ L4L July 10, 2011 at 2:08 pm

I love the idea of grilling scapes!

Low July 10, 2011 at 2:59 pm

Those are definitely good kicks to be on! Hmmm… I’m on a eat everything in sight kick – mostly pizza and cereal. Not the best kick. Oh and a tomato kick, but that never really ends.

Claire July 10, 2011 at 3:01 pm

I’m on a huevis rancheros salad kick- lettuce with hard-boiled eggs, black beans, baked and shredded tortillas, and a disturbing amount of Newman’s Own salsa.

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table July 10, 2011 at 3:28 pm

I am ashamed to admit it… but I am on a totchos kick. It’s terrible. But so good. They are like nachos, but instead of tortilla chips they use tater tots. They come with nacho topping, bbq pork, philly-style… there are a couple more but those are my go-tos. They have no redeeming qualities. Other than how well they pair with beer on a hot Sunday.

Amber @ Stop and Smell the Wildflowers July 10, 2011 at 4:52 pm

New(ish) reader here! Love your blog! I am definitely on a Mexican food kick lately. I’ve eaten more Mexican food in the past month than I have all year. And I just found these tortillas at Whole Paycheck that are sooo good, so of course now I’m making burritos every night for dinner. My mom was obsessed with Mexican food when she was pregnant with me, so I blame her. ;)

Emily @ Relishments July 10, 2011 at 5:17 pm

You are my hero. I’m so excited to try this!

Hillary July 10, 2011 at 6:41 pm

A friend of mine got garlic scapes in her CSA box last summer, and I’ve been itching to try them ever since. Now you’re making me want to try scapes AND tempeh. What an influence!

I’ve been on an ice cream kick lately. Well, let’s be honest, I’ve been on an ice cream kick for the last 26 years. Still counts though, right?

Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga July 10, 2011 at 7:39 pm

The Ginger Soy Glazed Tempeh Salad with Spicy Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette = HEAVENLY!!

The marinade for the tempeh, the vinaigrette, Oh Holly..Awesome job!

I’m on a photography making kick lately, that’s what kick Im on :)

Linda July 10, 2011 at 8:02 pm

I have never heard of garlic scaper! Hmmm…..I must go in search of this item so I can try it. I am in Japan…..wonder if that’s why…?? I am on a mission!

I am on a photography kick….a try new restaurants kick…..eat healthier kick….

Can’t wait to try this recipe! :)

Jess July 10, 2011 at 8:19 pm

I’m on a do-what-i-want-to-do-because-it’s-my-summer-kick. It’s bad ;)

mmm, sounds good! I’ve tried tempeh before but it was un-seasoned–BLECK!!

Pure2Raw Twins July 10, 2011 at 8:38 pm

garlic scapes is something I have not tried before! I have been on a tahini kick lately, can’t get enough of it!

Emilee July 10, 2011 at 11:03 pm

I’m on a Mexican kick!

Aine @ Something to Chew Over July 11, 2011 at 2:54 am

I’m on an almond butter kick! Putting it in everything :)

Cait's Plate July 11, 2011 at 12:10 pm

I’m always on a kick of something or another! Right now I’d probably say it’s sunflower butter…or maybe hummus…

elise July 11, 2011 at 12:15 pm

im on a sleeping in til 11 kick…and gin drinking kick…and pretending im a rich housewife who doesnt have to work kick…

about to play catch up on your life. ready set go!

Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather July 11, 2011 at 1:01 pm

Yeah that sure is a great kick to be on!i’ve been on a major watermelon kick. Just can’t get enough!

emily (a nutritionist eats) July 11, 2011 at 3:01 pm

You had me at sriracha! :)

Gillian Young July 11, 2011 at 3:06 pm

Oh Miss Holly you make me hungry. I’ve been on a salad, sriracha and tempeh kick for the past few months. Sometimes I squeeze a little sriracha on each bite. I look a cooking class yesterday and we made fancy salmon papilotte and I bit my tongue from asking the chef for some sriracha to eat with it. So I took half home and covered it in sriracha (and mayo, don’t tell anyone but they are magic together).

Let’s eat and hug soon.

Cait @ Cait hates Cake July 11, 2011 at 3:26 pm

I’m on a popcorn topped w/ nutritional yeast kick right now. Can’t get enough! I’ve been having it most nights for a snack.

Meister @ The Nervous Cook July 11, 2011 at 7:50 pm

We’re on a couple of the same kicks! I’m totally on a tempeh kick, an Asian kick, and a salad kick — sometimes all at once. (Tonight it was tofu, but cooked in a soy- and mushroom-sauce stir fry; tomorrow will be vegetable and tempeh Thai-style curry, since my CSA will bring me an eggplant, squash, and Thai basil. Yum.)

Anastasia July 11, 2011 at 8:09 pm

What a wonderful salad! I haven’t eaten tempeh in a while: you inspired me to start eating it again.

Lauren http://theclimbingchef.blogspot.com/ July 11, 2011 at 11:21 pm

I’m on a sweet thing kick!!! I wish I was on a vegetable eating kick but no…. everything sweet in sight has been warned, it will end up in my stomach :)

Kate @ NaturaStride July 12, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Have you seen Source Code yet?? Just watched it on Sunday – Jake is dreamy in it.
I need to get on the Tempeh-kick. Thanks for the recipe.
Lately I’ve been on the following (4) kicks:
1) Beet kick
2) Pear kick
3) Sauvignon Blanc Kick (versus my usual chardonnay)
4) Interval Run Kick

Megan (Braise the Roof) July 12, 2011 at 4:02 pm

I think I’m on a frozen vegetable kick, mixed with peanut butter and hot sauce. It’s weird, but again- it could be worse. I keep hearing about garlic scapes. I need to get in on that action.

Madeline - Greens and Jeans July 12, 2011 at 6:09 pm

I just watched Love and Other Drugs the other day (actually, on the airplane) and DUDE. I’m fighting you for Jake. Colin is already aware of this and has given his consent.

Sarah July 13, 2011 at 10:32 am

Oh, my…that salad looks absolutely food-gasmic.
I’m already salivating!

Sami July 15, 2011 at 1:13 pm

it’s been too long since i’ve told you…

you.are.amazing (:


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