Butter Lettuce Wedge Salad with Pears & Tempeh Bacon

Butter lettuce wedge salad with pears and tempeh bacon

This vegan take on a classic lettuce wedge salad reminds me of many family dinners eaten out at The Brown Derby: a big, crunchy wedge of lettuce topped with a creamy dressing and sprinkled with salty bacon. My version subs tempeh for bacon and adds a little sweetness with fresh pears. Recipe and photo by Ann Oliverio, from Crave, Eat, Heal: Plant-Based Whole Food Recipes to Satisfy Every Appetitereprinted with permission © 2015 Front Table Books.

Butter Lettuce Wedges with Sunflower Seed Dressing, Pears, & Tempeh Bacon
Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: Vegan / Healthy
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 4
This vegan version of wedge salad features a big, crunchy wedge of lettuce topped with tempeh bacon plus a little sweetness with fresh pears.
Dressing (see Note)
  • ½ cup raw sunflower seeds
  • ½ cup non-dairy milk
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Pinch sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried chives, or 1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 large heads butter lettuce, cut into quarters
  • 2 ripe pears, cored and thinly sliced
  • Tempeh bacon, crumbled or chopped (exclude if going for 100% raw)
  1. Add the sunflower seeds through the salt in a high-speed or regular blender and process until very smooth. Add the chives and parsley and pulse a few times to incorporate. Set aside.
  2. Place two butter lettuce wedges each in four bowls. Divide the pear slices, the tempeh bacon and the dressing between the bowls. Serve.
  3. Note: If the dressing is too thick, add water, a little bit at at time, to get the consistency you like.



Butter Lettuce Wedge Salad with Pears and Tempeh Bacon

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    Informative URL for Test Kits Elisa
    March 25, 2015 at 9:50 am

    This is my kind of salad lettuce with pear or apple and a whole lot of dressing.

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