Recipe courtesy of Alex Guarnaschelli
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Pea Salad with Basil and Pea Shoots
Total:
50 min
Prep:
40 min
Cook:
10 min
Yield:
6 to 8 servings
Level:
Easy
Total:
50 min
Prep:
40 min
Cook:
10 min
Yield:
6 to 8 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice or the juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup sherry vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon capers
  • 2 teaspoons caper brine
  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 to 2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small bunch fresh tarragon, washed, dried, stemmed and leaves chopped
  • Water, as needed
  • Ice cubes, as needed
  • Granulated sugar, as needed (recommended: Superfine)
  • 3/4 pound snow peas, washed, ends trimmed
  • 1 cup shelled peas
  • 3/4 pound sugar snap peas, washed, ends trimmed
  • 1/4 cup basil leaves, stemmed, washed, dried
  • 1/4 cup pea shoots, washed and dried

Directions

This is a simple recipe made so much better with a few simple details. The sugar in the cooking water and on the peas themselves add freshness. I like to use superfine sugar because it dissolves easily. The basil and pea shoots add a grassy, fresh flavor that makes the peas taste more like peas!

In a medium bowl, whisk together the Dijon mustard, lemon juice and sherry vinegar. Add the capers, caper brine and a pinch of salt and pepper, to taste. Slowly whisk in the olive oil and add the tarragon. Taste and reseason, only if needed. Set aside.

Prepare an ice bath. Fill a large bowl halfway with ice cubes and add some cold water. Put a colander squarely inside the ice bath. The colander will keep you from having to pick the peas out from amongst the ice cubes in the ice bath. Bring a large pot of water to a boil over medium heat. Add salt until the water tastes like seawater, then add a generous pinch of sugar. Add the snow peas and cook until they are bright green and tender, about 1 to 2 minutes. Remove the peas from the water with a strainer and transfer them to the colander inside the ice bath. Allow them to sit until cooled. Drain on a kitchen towel-lined plate.

Bring the water back up to a boil and add the shelled peas. Cook until the water comes back to a boil, about 1 minute. Use the strainer to remove the peas and plunge them into the colander/ice bath. Allow them to sit in the ice water to assure they have cooled thoroughly. Discard the blanching water.

Remove the peas from the ice bath and spread them out onto the kitchen towel over flat surface. Use another kitchen towel to gently pat them dry. Transfer the towel to a plate and put the peas into the refrigerator to chill until you are ready to serve.

Transfer the chilled shelled peas, snow peas and raw sugar snap peas to a medium bowl. Stir to blend. Toss with the vinaigrette, basil leaves and pea shoots and season with salt, to taste. Add more seasoning, if needed. Transfer the salad to a platter and serve immediately.

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