Refreshing Pea Salad

May 22, 2012

When I think about veggies, peas are usually the last thing I think about.

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But…when I think about summer I think about light.

I think about salad.

I think about refreshing.

I think about cold.

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And since my mom was making fried chicken and potato salad for our solar eclipse party (yes, we’re totally those kind of people) I offered to bring the veggies.

My original plan was pea salad. Like my granny used to make. With mayo, boiled eggs, mustard. You know, it’s like potato salad, but with peas. But since the ‘rents (does any one still say that or am I just being annoying??) already claimed potato salad I thought that’d be a little TOO much mayo for one day.

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So I changed Granny’s pea salad recipe to a perfect summer refresher.

And I got to use the mint from my OWN mint plant. I felt so organic. I guess I should boast that in the title right? Organic Home Grown Mint Pea Salad.

Eeh.

The mint is the only “organic” part of this, so I guess that wouldn’t work out to well.

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I almost want to experiment more with this salad by adding some chicken chunks. 

I think that could totally turn this in to my new go to lunch.

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Because I am like ridiculously obsessed with these peas now.

And can 100% tell you that peas are my new go to vegetable.

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Refreshing Pea Salad
Serves 6 hungry solar eclipse partiests

1lb bag of frozen peas, thawed

3 stalks of mint, leaves plucked and chopped

1/3 cup slivered almonds

1/4 red onion, diced

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard

2 teaspoons sugar

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1 teaspoon honey

salt and pepper to taste

In a medium bowl toss the peas, mint, almonds, and onion together.

In a separate smaller bowl whisk the cider vinegar, mustard, sugar, garlic powder, lemon juice, honey, and s&p together. Drizzle over the top of the peas. Toss everything together. I always taste the salad at this point…if it’s a little too sour I add a dash more sugar (I of course lean towards the sweeter side, everyone else likes it more tart).

Refrigerate salad for at least an hour to allow the flavors to combine. Then serve with some fried chicken. Or all alone. With a big spoon.

Recipe adapted from Ilke’s Kitchen

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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Ryan @ Spicy Richmond May 22, 2012 at 5:33 am

OK, I have to admit peas are one of my least favorite foods ever. But adding in almonds, mint and fresh lemon juice tempts me to try this out!

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2 Steph May 22, 2012 at 12:59 pm

You will love them!! (And I think this counts as gluten free??)

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3 Ilke May 22, 2012 at 5:36 am

Hi Steph! Thanks for giving it a try and I love the changes you made. Your pictures are gorgeous.

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4 Steph May 22, 2012 at 12:42 pm

Thanks for the great recipe!!!

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5 Liz @ Tip Top Shape May 22, 2012 at 6:59 am

I love peas! I almost always have a frozen bag on hand and I toss them with just about anything. This salad looks delicious!

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6 Kelly May 22, 2012 at 7:20 am

This looks so delicious! What a colorful pea salad! :)

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7 Stephanie May 22, 2012 at 9:33 am

Light and summery. Thanks!

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8 Anna @ Clusterella May 22, 2012 at 9:43 am

I still call my parents rents!!! And the pea salad looks delic!!

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9 Steph May 22, 2012 at 12:33 pm

ok shew!! don’t want to be unhip to the new vocab :) …did you get my email with your sponsor button proof?

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10 Tina@flourtrader May 22, 2012 at 11:30 am

Yum-I would take this over the potato salad any day. I like cold salads but I am just not into all the mayo or heavy cream dressings-which makes this a good one for my tastes. The spicy mustard and the cider vinegar do sound like a tasty combo. Fresh flavors with a nice crunch of almonds- I think I know which bowl was empty quicker at this party! Great post.

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11 Steph May 22, 2012 at 12:32 pm

I’m right there with you!

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12 Choc Chip Uru May 22, 2012 at 4:13 pm

A salad made only out of peas is so much more than it sounds – I love it and would feel so healthy after eating :D

Cheers
Choc Chip Uru

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13 Anita at Hungry Couple May 22, 2012 at 7:23 pm

I’ve never tried peas this way but this does look like a really flavorful salad!

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14 Lauren @Part Time House Wife May 22, 2012 at 7:42 pm

I feel like lately our food cravings have been in sync! I very rarely go to peas as my veg but have been tossing around the idea of making some kind of summer salad using them. I have an idea I just need to put it into action! Looks amazing :-)

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15 Happy When Not Hungry May 22, 2012 at 7:46 pm

This salad is perfect for summer! Your photos are gorgeous too :-)

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16 Susie May 22, 2012 at 8:38 pm

We love peas in this house… My oldest son loves it in pasta and the lil guy will eat a bowl full with a touch of butter and salt. What a great idea for a salad. I will have to try making it for the boys…minus the red onion though as they won’t eat that of course. :)

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17 RavieNomNoms May 23, 2012 at 12:35 pm

I have to say I don’t enjoy peas AT ALL, but this is a great idea to use with all sorts of different veggies. You could use green beans or broccoli in the same way and I think it would be just as good.

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18 kita June 5, 2012 at 8:13 pm

Love the idea of lightening things up and making it ‘organic’ ;)

I need to get more peas in my life… I do love the little suckers.

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