Fresh Peas and Asparagus Salad


Author Notes: This is a full of life and flavor fresh salad that you can eat over and over and over...and over again. The fresh peas add sweetness that is balanced by the lemony dressing while the lemon rind and the mint give a pop of fresh flavor.Iglika Petrova/Sprig of Thyme

Serves: 4 small salads
Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 5 min

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Fresh peas
  • 1 bunch Fresh asparagus
  • 2 Lemons
  • 2 Garlic cloves (crushed)
  • 1 cup Fresh mint leaves
  • 4 ounces Goat cheese
  • 1/4 cup Fresh thyme laves (Optional)
  • Salt + pepper
  • Olive Oil
In This Recipe

Directions

  1. Bring a medium pot of salted water to boil. Turn the heat off and add the fresh peas and asparagus. Blanch for 4 minutes.
  2. Drain the peas and the asparagus and place them in ice bath to stop the cooking process and to retain their bright green color.
  3. Drain the peas and asparagus really well from the ice bath. Pat them dry with a paper towel and place them in a large bowl. Zest one of the lemons and juice both of them and add the zest and the juice to the bowl with the peas and asparagus along with the crushed garlic and the mint leaves. Add salt, pepper and olive oil to taste and toss to combine.
  4. Divide the salad among 4 plates and top with chinks of goat cheese and sprinkle with thyme flowers (if using).

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