This is going to be a rather unusual post, one of those rare, non-sugary things that I come up with every once in a great while. Not only that, but it’s flat-out healthy, and came together out of a particularly successful spring trip to the Greenmarket.
Yes, salad. Not something you’d normally bother to post a recipe for, but it was so cute, so tasty, and such a happy coincidence of ingredients that I knew I needed to share.
It was actually SO tasty that I ate one four times in two days, until the magical combination of fresh pea shoots, sweet sugarsnaps, crisp seedless cucumber and brilliant red strawberries ran out. If i come across this combination all at once again I’ll replicate this salad for sure – I’ve still got plenty of the flavorful local honey and I always have Balsamic, extra virgin olive oil and black pepper on hand.
This salad is amazing served at any time of day…I ate it for breakfast a couple of times, as dinner once and as a late-night, post-work snack another night. Get the freshest ingredients possible and only buy strawberries that fill the air with their sweet berry perfume. Use good honey. Enjoy devouring springtime.
Springy Peaberry Salad
- 1 pint strawberries
- 1 smallish seedless cucumber
- About 30 fat sugar snap peas
- 2-3 cups pea shoots
- 1/4 cup Balsamic vinegar
- 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 2 Tbsp honey
- Up to 1/4 tsp black pepper
Wash all the vegetables. Hull and slice the strawberries. Slice the cucumber in half lengthwise and slice each half in 1/4″ thick slices. Remove the stems and strings on the sugar snap peas and chop each in half crosswise. Place all in a large bowl. Combine the Balsamic, oil, honey and pepper in a small bowl and whisk vigorously until emulsified. Pour over the salad and toss well. Serve immediately. Serves four.
Ah, that even feels healthy to write about! Don’t worry, though, the next two posts will be all about the ice cream – one fruity with a somewhat curious recipe, the other an eggless but still VERY indulgent classic you probably never thought of making at home.