Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Sweet Pea, Mango and Mint Salad


Before Spring passes us by, I must pass on this fabulous recipe for pea salad. I've always loved peas; whether it was the tiny LeSueur peas that came out of a can that my mom bought us as kids, or the green peas that came in the Swanson TV dinners. The only time I haven't liked peas is when the 4th grade boys used to shoot them across the cafeteria tables at the new chest ornaments adorning females of the same age. No, that was not fun; though they thought it was hilarious.

I used to love growing peas in the garden. Those peas never made it to the dinner table though. They were always scarfed down straight from the vine; the best way to eat peas in my opinion. In my informative years fresh peas were hard to find, eating them involved opening the said can or breaking open the frozen little square boxes. Truly there is nothing wrong with the little square boxes. I actually always keep a box in my freezer for use in adding to fried rice or Chicken Vesuvio or this Greek 15 minute shrimp dish with feta. Peas are a great way to add color and texture to any dish.



Recently I discovered that Trader Joes has fresh shelled peas in their produce section. I bought a bag and some fresh English Sugar peas as well. Upon coming home and discovering a mango needing a home, a little light bulb went off in my head and this salad was born. I made it to accompany crab cakes, but this salad could easily become a main course with the addition of some goat cheese or even a burrata. I must make it again just so I can do THAT! I love burrata maybe more than peas. Maybe more than chocolate, too. But this post is about peas.

And this post is about mint. (Got that Seyma?) I have a lot of mint growing in the garden and I love using it. This salad is a perfect receptacle for fresh green mint. Now I know some of you may not like mint, but I bet you still love those Peppermint Patties. And if you don't, well, I don't know you! Need a low cal peppermint patty? Just dip those leaves into melted chocolate and let them cool, and you have a great treat with little effort. My problem right now is keeping my garlic chives from taking over my mint!

This post is also about watercress. I love the peppery taste of watercress and it is also another green that shouts Spring to me! Combine the watercress with peas and mint and the sweetness of mango-oh my-and you have a salad that is happy. Well, if there is such thing as a happy salad. But I forgot to tell you about the dressing. I've used the dressing before on this cabbage salad. This dressing sings! Well, it doesn't really sing. But it will have you singing and figuring out all the ways you can use it. Yes, this salad is the perfect way to celebrate Spring and say hello summer!


Pea, Mango and Mint Salad
Serves 4-6
Time to Make: About 20 minutes

Ingredients:
Salad:
8 oz fresh green peas, such as Sugar Snaps, English Peas or even Snow Peas
10 oz shelled peas (If using frozen, just thaw them according to package directions_
2-4 T fresh chopped mint
A couple big handfuls of watercress (optional)
1 Mango, sliced real pretty like
1/2 c chopped red onion
Optional: Buratta or goat cheese

Dressing:
1/4 c extra virgin olive oil
3 T maple syrup
Zest of 1 lemon
Juice of 2 lemons
1 minced garlic clove
1/4 t kosher salt
1/4 t freshly ground black pepper

Directions:
Combine all salad ingredients in a large bowl. To make dressing combine all dressing ingredients in a small jar. Shake to combine. Toss about 1/2 of dressing with pea salad about 30 minutes before serving. You will have some left over. But that's OK. You can use it on another salad!

Other fun recipes:
Kale Salad with Cherries, Almonds and Feta
Donburi Bowl
Balinese Chicken
Mocha Chocolate Chip Cookies








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36 comments:

  1. I am growing mint for the first time this summer-- thanks for the idea of using it in salads and I love the thought of dipping it in chocolate too!

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    1. Once you have the mint you find zillions of ways to use it. I'm now trying mint cucumber water in the fridge, just for a change! I think when you start using it more, you like it more!

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  2. That is one beautiful salad!!! And I love your platter as well...

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    1. Thanks Mimi! I love that bowl. It came from my Grandma and I have no idea where it was before that!

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  3. OK, next summer supper at my house, you bring this! How delicious. I can't wait to try this recipe.

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    1. You got it! And if anyone ever gets invited to Karen's for TexMex all I can say is run, don't walk! This was one fabulous meal!

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  4. The only way to eat homegrown peas IMO is indeed standing in the garden snarfing them down. Like corn, one of those veggies best eaten as soon after picking as possible. Failing that, this looks like a lovely recipe for them. Mint combines so well with peas! Really a magical pairing. And we have plenty of mint growing in our garden. Peas? Yeah, we had some, but they've been snarfed. ;-)

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    1. I think mint goes very well in cocktails and with cucumber and rum and tequila and vodka and lemonade! Peas-not so much. Just better for this or snarfing!

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  5. Abbe..it is gorgeous!
    Have to make!
    I bet the maple syrup is lovely..I have sugar snaps so maybe tomorrow..
    We always had LeSueur small peas growing up!

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    1. Thank you so much! It is a great dressing and I think you would love it, Monique!

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  6. That salad looks GOOD, loving the vibrant color. Mango and mint is such a lovely combination!

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    1. You are so right Kankana! It is a pretty salad, isn't it?

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  7. We are so alike where peas are concerned. I used to grow heaps of them and John would say, "We don't get much of a harvest off that many peas, do we?" Then one day I walked to the garden and there he was eating peas. I said that's why we didn't have more peas. We would both LOVE this salad. It's winter and no fresh peas for weeks and weeks.

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    1. Well, hopefully your winter will end soon. Ours seems to be taking forever. We are now in Spring mode but I think it has forgotten about Summer!

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  8. I just love all the sexy greens! The salad looks absolutely stunning, Abbe.

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  9. What a beautiful salad Abbe, love that you added mango.

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    1. Thanks Cheri. The mango really perked it up and brought it out of the ordinary. Well. That and the dressing. That is total yum.

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  10. That salad just screams spring/summer! Maybe add grilled shrimp to make it a meal? Thanks for your cheers on the Spartan race and joining the 101 Days of Summer Challenge - I will be sending out an email to the group by the end of today - I think we are close to 50! :D

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    1. Shrimp would be great! It will be a challenge, but you are a great one to lead it!

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  11. Mint and peas belong together. I haven't. It's the mango that makes you a genius. GREG

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    1. Damn Greg! I just love it when you comment!

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  12. Oh Abbe, I am longing for some warm weather right now. It is winter where I live, and this salad has brightened up my very cold day :)

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    1. I'm so happy Tandy. To tell you the truth I wasn't sure Summer would ever arrive in Denver. After all we've had snow and hail and it rained I believe, every day in May.

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  13. Ciao, just found out about your blog. Very nice one.
    I love peas. Can you imagine that I know someone that suffers from a phobia called Legumeophobia. It's the fear of peas. Bless :)

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    1. Thanks so much, Emanuele! I appreciate it! I have never heard of legumephobia! That is a new one on me! Hope to see you again!

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  14. Beautiful salad, Abbe! I have snap peas growing up the fence right now! I can't wait for the first harvest. Hopefully, some will make it into this salad and not all into my mouth as I pick them :) I can't ever remember disliking peas too. BTW, you bowl is gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks Susan! It is the perfect bowl for peas!

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  15. What a gorgeous salad! And I have plenty of mint in the garden---now just wish I had planted some peas. But, like you, I love eating them raw and not sure any substantial amount would make it into the kitchen :)

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    1. Thanks Liz. It was the mango that really made it!

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  16. OMG, just look at those greens! Great photography coupled with a healthy treat. Happy Weekend, dear! xoxo

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    1. Thanks Shirley! You do know I hate photography, right? So I appreciate that!

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  17. Fresh, delicious and with all of the yummy flavours of spring. Great photos and wishing you a super weekend. Sharing and pinning, of course!

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    1. You are so kind Bobby. Hope you had a great weekend, too!

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  18. A healthy and delicious salad!

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