Thursday, June 23, 2011

Radish and Snap Pea Salad


A friend of mine has this really insane eating rule. It goes like this: Never spend more time cooking a dish than you do eating it. 


Well. Let's just say that her rule wouldn't work very well for me. I'd have to start chewing VERY slowly. 


Or cooking in fast forward. 


Or maybe eating plain grass. 

I won't pretend this salad whips up in snap. You've got to slice the radish super thin - preferably with a mandoline if you have one. It isn't the most labor intensive dish to make, but I sure did devour it in less time than it took me to prepare it. Seriously, no sooner had I dressed and tossed it than I proceeded to wolf down forkfuls. 

Please try this. Even if you don't like radish. The radish is sliced thin enough to take out some of its sting. The snap peas are sweet and crunchy. And the mint gives it a lively spring-like flavor.

Radish and Snap Pea Salad

6-8 fresh firm radishes
1 pound snap or snow peas
juice of 1/2 a lemon
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons olive oil
pinch of salt
1/2 bunch of mint


Slice the radishes super thin - preferably with a mandoline. If you're not ready to use them right away, leave them soaking in a bowl of cool water for up to a few hours. When you're ready, drain them and pat them dry. 

In a separate bowl or small jar, combine the lemon juice, vinegar, oil, and salt. Mix well and set aside.  

Chop the mint up really fine. 

Right before serving, combine the peas with the radishes in a large bowl. Stir the mint into the dressing and pour it over the vegetables. 

Mix well and serve immediately. 


24 comments:

  1. Ha---I love that rule!!! I'm actually pretty good at it, but that doesn't say much for how my food turns out :)

    This salad looks so yummy. I love all the ingredients/flavors. Thanks for sharing it!

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  2. My hubbie is a huge radish fan so I will definitely be trying this. I love having an arsenal of salads for summer that might be a little unconventional. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. This is gorgeous and I just got radishes in my CSA :)

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  4. Love your photos. Can't wait for peas at the market, they're expensive now, beginning of season, but in a few weeks I'll make this.

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  5. I like that rule! Lovely salad! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  6. You are single handily making me a all veggie lover. I mean i love my veggies but you are making me love radishes and beets and such! Thanks girl, this recipe looks delish

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  7. That rule would never work for me. I love complicated recipes (except when I'm starving).

    Your salad sounds delicious and the photos are great!

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  8. Another delicious recipe!! You won a giveaway on my blog. Will you email your shipping info to tiffaneeg@yahoo.com. Congrats and thanks!!

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  9. Thank you for visiting my blog. I'm so glad I have found yours. I love your simple recipes that anyone can do that fit in with our increasingly busy lifestyles. What a great idea!!! Now, to read through some of your delicious suggestions ....

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  10. I can't remember the last dish I've made that took my less than a half hour, especially with photograph-taking included. This salad looks so good! I adore sugar snaps.

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  11. This is a work of art! It is gorgeous to look at and I'm sure it is delicious. I love fresh sugar snap peas, so your salad would fit perfectly on my table. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  12. This sounds lovely - especially with mint!

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  13. I have radishes and peas just dying to be turned into this. Good thing I picked up mint today!

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  14. I like the rule but it would never work for me! I eat sugar snap peas raw like candy! I like the sound of this.

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  15. I have to add this to my summer salads. We like radishes and I don't use them enough. Thanks Rivki.

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  16. Lovely, colorful salad! I am loving my Earthen Harvest veggies too!

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  17. Oh my that would be a tough rule for me too even though I try to keep most of my recipes pretty simple. I need to save this recipe for when I get radishes with my csa!

    Dawn
    www.floridacoastalcooking.com

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  18. I have never used radishes in a recipe before--here's hoping the CSA sends them again so I have all the ingredients for this. I love creative salads!

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  19. I simply love how this looks! Like a painting with the blue plate and vibrant colors so artfully yet casually arranged!!

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  20. What a wonderfully fresh and seasonal salad!

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  21. I am the only one in my family to eat radishes, but it would be worth it for me! And I would never eat then either - it took me 45 minutes to cook dinner last night, waiting for the coals to come to temperature and we ate it in 15 minutes!

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  22. What a wonderful salad. We have mint and radishes in our garden so I am very interested to try this out! I wanted to invite you to come over and share your recipe at These Chicks Cooked Recipe Spotlight today. Have a great day :)
    Katie

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  23. I can hear the crunch of this tasty salad from here!

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  24. This salad looks so elegant - it would be beautiful as an appetizer or a light lunch at a summer party. I love the addition of the mint. Thank you for sharing it with Let's Do Brunch.

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