Make Ahead

Sesame Ginger Pea Salad

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April 13, 2010
Author Notes

I love the flavors of sesame and ginger with any green vegetable. I was looking for a cool make-ahead dish for a weekend dinner when I came across a recipe for sesame snow pea slaw; I adapted it for spring green peas, and added halved cherry tomatos for the lovely contrast of the red against the springy green and the white of the crumbled cheese. Sure do wish peas would hurry up down here... —Kayb

  • Serves 6
Ingredients
  • Sesame ginger dressing
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon mirin
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • 3 tablespoons neutral salad oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • Salad
  • 3 cups fresh spring peas, shelled
  • 1 cup halved cherry or grape tomatos, drained with cut sides on paper towels for 10 minutes or so
  • 1/2 cup crumbled ricotta salata cheese
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
In This Recipe
Directions
  1. Sesame ginger dressing
  2. Whisk all ingredients together. Set aside.
  1. Salad
  2. Steam peas over boiling water until barely tender, about 2 minutes, and shock in ice water.
  3. Combine peas, tomatos and ricotta salata. Toss gently with dressing (whisk dressing again just before you pour it on).
  4. Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds.
  5. (Note: You can also add diced carrots, steamed along with the peas, to this, if you want additional taste/texture/color contrast.)

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I'm a business professional who learned to cook early on, and have expanded my tastes and my skills as I've traveled and been exposed to new cuisines and new dishes. I love fresh vegetables, any kind of protein on the grill, and breakfasts that involve fried eggs with runny yolks. My recipes tend toward the simple and the Southern, with bits of Asia or the Mediterranean or Mexico thrown in here and there. And a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on a float in the lake, as pictured, is a pretty fine lunch!