Green Pea Salad Recipe with Juicy Pears
The following recipe makes a great lunch for two or a side dish for four. You will need soft pears but they should still be slightly crisp rather than soggy. A good way to tell whether your pears are ripe is to pierce the top near the stalk using your nail. If you can break it by pushing down gently it is ripe. Smaller pears are usually more flavorful than bigger ones, although the difference in quality is often marginal. Make the salad in advance if you like, but do not add the pear until you serve it.
Also, do not dress the salad until you serve it. Dressing a salad too early will make it go soggy and many people like to bring the salad and dressing to the table separately, so people can dress their own. If you prefer not to use a creamy dressing, you can whisk some balsamic vinegar with grapeseed oil and lemon juice, or use some kind of fruity vinaigrette.
This is already an aromatic salad thanks to the fresh herbs, so something simple would be great. The recipe suggests that you sprinkle some paprika over the pear. This adds some color and a contrasting flavor but you could experiment with cinnamon or nutmeg for an equally yummy result.
- 2 chopped pears
- 2 chopped celery stalks
- 10 fresh basil leaves
- ¼ cup chopped walnuts
- 1 handful fresh garden peas
- ½ bunch fresh parsley
- 5 fresh mint leaves
- ½ lettuce
- Salt and black pepper, to taste
- ¼ teaspoon paprika
- ¼ cup ranch dressing
- Separate the ½ lettuce into individual leaves and arrange them over a chilled serving platter.
- Chop the fresh herbs.
- Toss the basil, peas, parsley, mint leaves, celery, and lettuce together.
- Arrange this on the bed of lettuce leaves.
- Arrange the pear and walnuts on top and sprinkle paprika over the pear chunks.
- Drizzle the ranch dressing over the pear salad just before serving, else you can serve the dressing on the side.
As you can see from the photo, this is a colorful and healthy-looking salad. Featuring plenty of fresh ingredients like fresh peas and celery, fresh herbs and fresh pear, this is a nutritious and refreshing dish which would make a wonderful lunch or supper served with a glass of white wine. This salad is good served chilled so you can either make it ahead (adding the pear and dressing at the last minute) or chill all the ingredients before you begin. This salad requires no cooking so it is simple enough for complete beginners to make.
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