salad, Veggie

Cool Mint and Pea Salad

April 15, 2015

I loathed peas as a child but it’s high time to give peas a chance!

This Cool Mint and Pea Salad is the perfect recipe to change even the pickiest of palates. Peas are considered a superfood because they are a nutrient-dense food, meaning they are low in calories but high in essential vitamins and minerals. They’re a great source of plant-based protein and fiber, too. The lemon and shallot vinaigrette keeps it light and bright while the peppery, crispness of radishes, give it zest. Creamy goat cheese brings it all together creating a dish bursting with uplifting flavors!

Tip:Take frozen peas out and let them thaw in a bowl or colander while you prepare the dressing. They can thaw but will remain very cold, even partially frozen when ready to assemble salad. (no need to rinse peas under cold water.)




Dinner, Lunch




4 people


1.1 cup blend of mint & basil leaves, torn or chopped
2.1 large shallot, thinly sliced
3.½ cup daikon radish, chopped or slivered
4.Handful snow pea shoots, ends trimmed off (optional)
5.Handful sunflower sprouts (optional)
6.1 lb frozen peas
7.2.5 oz chevre goat cheese

For Dressing:

1.Zest from lemon
2.Juice from 1 ½ large lemons (or 2 small)
3.4 tablespoons champagne vinegar
4.2 teaspoon raw organic honey
5.1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
6.Salt and pepper, to taste



Prepare Dressing in a Large Bowl.

Zest lemon first & add to the bowl, followed by lemon juice. Add the next 3 ingredients: champagne vinegar, honey and oil. Season with salt & pepper.


Add Herbs and Shallots.

Add chopped mint & basil leaves, and then thinly sliced shallots to the dressing.


Rinse Pea Shoots and Sprouts. 

If using, rinse snow pea shoots & sunflower sprouts (trim the ends if you prefer) then toss into the bowl.


Add other Veggies. 

Add chopped or slivered daikon radish. Next, add cold or partially frozen peas.


Add Goat Cheese. 

Finally, add your goat cheese in dollops or chunks. It will break down and blend in with all the other ingredients. If you love mint, this is a great time to add in a little more.



Serve cold as a side dish or add about ½ cup or more of room temperature freshly prepared jasmine rice for a refreshing lunch or light dinner.

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