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Looking for a fresh and delicious recipe that is Vegan, fresh, local, and delicious? The salad dressing is also divine! You're going to love this salad, it is hearty enough to have as a meal in and of itself, or makes an excellent side dish for grilled chicken breasts, steak, and more!
This fresh and delicious pea salad utilizes almost 100% of the various parts of the peas, which I thought was pretty unique. After testing nearly every variety of green beans at the market, I definitely enjoyed the Organic Peas and Carrots from Countrysprout Organics the most! First and foremost they're organic, which is super important to me, and secondly, their products taste incredibly sweet and delicious! They're always at our Saturday Farmer's Market, and I love seeing their beautiful produce.
1 pint each: sweet peas and sugar snap peas (garden peas will work)
a Handful of Carrots with the greens still attached
1 - 1/2 C. Fresh Arugula
1-2 C. Fresh Spinach
Sliced Red Onions, optional
*Note - the Kitchn shares a great article about the differences between these pea varieties.
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons sesame oil
1 -2 tablespoon agave (or honey, not vegan)
2-3 cubes of Dorot Ginger - I used 2 and the taste was there but not overpowering
salt and pepper, to taste
2-3 Tbsp+ of Hot Water, which will help to melt the frozen ginger better, and makes the dressing lighter
1.) Gather salad ingredients (basically anything green to orange!). First layer on your fresh spinach, then your arugula too. Time to prep some of your pea pods! Taste test each variety of pea you got and take mental notes. How sweet are they? Do you like the consistency of the pea pod, or do you just prefer to eat the circular peas inside? Shell about 14-1/2 C, of the peas, and reserve the rest of the pea pods to use on the salad whole. I cut just a little bit of the carrot top off, and reserved as much of the orange part as possible. I left the carrots whole because they were so tiny anyway, they were practically bite sized and amazingly pretty!
The pea pods can be eaten completely raw (remove any stems or leafy material first), or can be steamed to create an even more vibrant shade of green. I used them 100% uncooked and this salad was out of this world!
2.) To construct the salad, first grab a large serving platter, this is going to be served family style, and is such a pretty presentation. I used this amazing white, metal tray I grabbed at Hobby Lobby (no longer available, but here is an image of it). While mine is more of a farmhouse style, I found a beautiful one on Hobby Lobby's website, here, that would have been equally as wonderful!
3.) To make your dressing, mix all ingredients together except for the hot water and the Dorot Ginger cubes. Add the hot water and ginger cubes into a separate bowl, and stir until the cube has melted. Since this is 100% crushed ginger, you're going to see pulpy fibers floating around. Feel free to strain those out as you add the ginger water mixture to the rest of the dressing ingredients. Top your salad with this, serve and enjoy!