The Sophisticated Eater Original Recipe: 5-minute Vegan BLT Salad

The Sophisticated Eater is always in need of a quick, wholesome, tasty meal. The below was created during a fridge raid and has quickly become a weekly go-to due to it's simplicity and whole flavors. The SE is sharing this beloved concoction with fellow eaters because, duh, sharing is caring!


  • 1 case Baby Kale (Bright Farms, found at Giant Food, is The SE's favorite!)
  • 1 box Couscous (Plain flavor)
  • 1 package Lightlife Smoky Tempeh Strips
  • 1 case Baby Tomatoes (Heirloom are best, yellow are also preferable) 
  • 1 Newman's Own - Olive Oil & Vinegar Salad Dressing
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 avocado (optional, but highly recommended)
  • 1 tsp Bouillon (optional - The SE recommends using Better than Bouillon for best outcome)
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp Onion Powder (optional)
  • 1 dash Herbamare (optional)


  • 1 pot
  • 1 flat-bottomed pan
  • 1 measuring cup

Eater Instructions:

  1. Follow instructions on back of couscous (The SE likes to add bouillon to the water to add depth. Add 2 tsp bouillon, 1 tbsp EVOO, the garlic powder, onion powder, and dash herbamare to make it The SE tried and tested way)
  2. While couscous water is boiling, add a dash of EVOO to frying pan and turn on "HIGH" heat
  3. Add couscous to water and stir before removing from heat + covering for 5 minutes
  4. Add Lightlife Smoky Tempeh strips to pan and cook well on both sides before removing from heat and setting aside (The SE likes a little visible char on each side). Stack and cut into small bite-size pieces 
  5. Cut baby tomatoes into 4 and set aside. Open avocado (optional) and set aside.
  6. Rinse baby kale and portion onto plate
  7. Add tempeh, tomatoes and scoop avocado on top
  8. Drizzle desired Newman's Own salad dressing amount on top and mix
  9. Finish off with several scoops of couscous
  10. Enjoy!!

Portions above feed 2-3.

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Baby Kale - Bright Farms is The SE's preferred choice (found at Giant!)

Whole Foods - Organic Couscous (plain)

Vegan "Bacon" - Lightlife Smoky Tempeh Strips
Baby Tomatoes


 Newman's Own - Olive Oil & Vinegar Salad Dressing

Pinky's up, fellow SE's!

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