Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Eat Every Bean and Pea on Your Plate

"Eat every bean, and pee on your plate."

That's my husband's twisted sense of humor.

I try not to talk about pee here, but peas are a different matter.

Especially fresh peas just picked from the garden and shelled in the shade of a tree on the patio.

Peas tossed with lemon juice, mayo, red onion, capers, and parsley to create a fresh salad bursting with flavor.

I am going to eat every bean and PEA on my plate.

2-3 cups fresh peas
2-3 tablespoons finely diced red onion
2 tablespoons capers
2-3 tablespoons chopped parsley
zest of one lemon
juice of one lemon
2-3 tablespoons mayonnaise
kosher salt
freshly ground black pepper

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil.
Add the peas and blanch for 1-2 minutes. (No more or the peas will lose their fresh green and turn murky.)

Drain the peas and immerse in an ice water bath to stop the cooking.  
Drain the peas again after cooled completely.
Whisk together zest and juice of the lemon with mayonnaise; season with salt and pepper to taste.
Toss together the peas, onion, capers, and parsley with the dressing.
Chill before serving. (Serves 4-6)

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