Sugar Snap Salad

After a lingering bout of beautifully cool weather, we are starting off a stretch of scorching temps that will lead us into July.  Following three days of 90-plus-degrees, I decided it was time to put the sugar snap peas out of their misery.  When it gets ridiculously hot their normally dewy-green leaves begin to brown, they refuse to bloom, and any pea pods produced get a bitter edge.  They had a good run, and gave us their all.

For this simple salad I picked absolutely everything edible–the overgrown pods, the just-right pods, the baby pods, and the still-tender top leaves of the plants.  To prepare, wash everything well, then toss the underdeveloped pods into the salad bowl whole.  For the just-right-sized pods, trim any tough ends and then slice them into diagonal pieces, pods and all.  Toss those into the bowl.  For the too-large pods, split them open and extract the peas, and toss those in, discarding the tough pods. Trim the plant tendrils and toss those in as well.  Toss this all with a basic, lemony dressing, and serve.  Easiest salad ever, and one of the best things you will taste.  Here is the recipe for the dressing I used, but use whatever you like:

1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup lemon tarragon mustard
3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
pinch of salt

Whisk this together and toss with your snap pea mixture, and serve–this salad is also nice topped with some crumbled feta cheese or toasted walnuts.

Thanks for reading,

-Angela

4 Responses to Sugar Snap Salad

  1. Roxana GreenGirl June 27, 2011 at 2:22 am #

    here I thought it's going to rain tonight, was a little cloudy most of the afternoon.
    your salad sounds like a great lunch idea. thanks for sharing Angela

  2. Orly June 27, 2011 at 2:02 pm #

    Funny, last night I dreamed about an all-pea salad, and that I bought tons of snow peas that were as big as bananas at the gas station by my house. Then I woke up and read this. We must have peas on the mind.

  3. Angela FRS June 27, 2011 at 4:53 pm #

    Orly, sometimes a pea is just a pea…

  4. Shawn June 28, 2011 at 12:14 pm #

    It's been a long time since I've had sugar snap peas…actually too long! I'll be trying this yummy recipe soon…

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