Kale and Wheat Berry Salad with Tempeh

Are you thinking about getting more kale in your diet, but don’t like the taste/texture?  Then this recipe is for you!  I am right there with you.  The first time I tried kale, I gagged.  I did not like it’s taste.  Up until now, I was able to mask it in smoothies and juice.  I also made an occasional batch of kale chips, but that was it.

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The key to masking the kale is removing the stems and chopping the leaves up fine in the food processor.   Even my husband who says he hates kale, ate this salad.  I used organic and  non GMO tempeh in my recipe, but feel free to replace it with any other protein you like.  For those of you that are unfamiliar with tempeh, it is made from fermented soybeans.  Fermented soy products contain some health benefits, but they are best used in moderation.  Tempeh has a earthy and nutty taste that goes well with the wheat berries.  Also, since most of the soy in this country is GMO, it’s best to look for a brand that is non GMO verified.  If you are gluten free, just replace the wheat berries with quinoa and it will be just as delicious!

Kale and Wheat Berry Salad with Tempeh

Kale and Wheat Berry Salad with Tempeh

Prep Time 30 min Cook Time 20 min


  • 2 carrots shredded
  • large bunch kale (stems removed. Save them for juicing)
  • 1 pkg tempeh or any other protein sliced in 1 inch cubes
  • 2 cups cooked wheat berries or quinoa
  • 2 T toasted sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup apple cinder vinegar
  • 1/4 cup mirin
  • 1 T soy sauce or tamari
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 -2 tsp fresh ginger minced
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Cook the wheat berries according to the package instructions.  I cooked mine the day before I made this salad. 
  2. Using a food processor , chop the carrots and kale.  You may have to do each one separately. 
  3. In a sauce pan , combine the sesame oil and tempeh and saute for a few minutes on medium heat. 
  4. Once the tempeh has started to cook, add in the carrots and kale and cook for a couple more minutes.  You also may have to add a tiny bit more oil. 
  5. While all of that is cooking, combine the apple cider vinegar, mirin, soy sauce, garlic, salt and ginger. 
  6. Lastly, add the cooked wheat berries and the dressing and cook for another minute. 
  7. Remove from heat and serve immediately or refrigerate for later.  Enjoy!


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18 thoughts to “Kale and Wheat Berry Salad with Tempeh”

  1. Thanks, I love Kale but my Husband does not! I will have to try this recipe for him and not let him see me making it. My Husband always has his eyes on me when I have the Kale out. (LOL) My Sister has stage 4 Breast Cancer and she has been told to consume a lot of Kale, so it's new to me too but at least I like it. Thanks again for the recipe. :-)
  2. Not gonna' lie, I have a hard time with straight up, raw kale salads, so hard on the stomach :) This looks awesome and I will probably make it today or tomorrow for lunch. Thanks, Melissa.
  3. I love kale, but I've never thought about chopping it that finely before! What a great idea for adding it to grain salads. I'll have to remember this! I also love tempeh. It's probably my favorite protein.
  4. You can always try another green to replace the kale with. Since I have been using tempeh for over 35 years now producing Betsy's Tempeh in Mich. for 9 1/2 years, it's always fun to see all the new ideas cropping up regarding tempeh and since I am on a tempeh google alert, I receive about 4-8 new recipes each day and it's only my husband and I! If you want a nice challenge, here is our site showing our easy method for making tempeh at home. makethebesttempeh.org Enjoy the plant based life. betsy shipley
  5. I just made this for lunch today. Delicious! I made a HUGE batch of wheat berries and decided they are one of my favorite grains, so now I'm experimenting with all the recipes available. I like a warm salad for a change, and it's a good way to use up the wimpy kale that's been in my fridge for a few days. Thank you for all of your experimenting so I can have a satisfied and healthy tummy :)
    1. Yay! I'm so glad you liked it! I have a couple other wheat berry salad recipes if you are interested. I just love them so much!
  6. We just had this for dinner and it was delicious! We all went back for seconds :) It was also super quick/easy after cooking the wheat berries in advance. Thanks for the recipe! Ella youtube.com/sparklesandsuch26

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