Thursday, December 6, 2012

Sugar Snap Pea Salad

Sugar snap peas are one of my favorite vegetables, though I'd take that statement lightly because there are many vegetables that I love. But sugar snap peas are a great people-pleasing veggie because they've got a nice crunch, so much sweetness, and they look cute. Unlike regular peas, there are no fibrous membranes in the pod so they're great for snacking on raw as well as being cooked into a stir-fry.

And of course, snap peas do have many health benefits like fiber, folate, and they're fat-free (alliteration!) so you can feel good about eating them. Of course they have more benefits than just those three things, like Vitamin C, Vitamin K, iron, and beta-carotene. They're great.

If you're new to the snap pea game, might I suggest you start off with something like this salad? It takes 2 minutes to prepare and requires just 6 ingredients.

Ingredients:
1 cup sugar snap peas (contains as much Vitamin C as an orange)
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon honey
1/2 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Whisk together everything (but the snap peas) in a bowl until combined into a smooth dressing.
Boil some water and blanch the snap peas for 30 seconds. Drain the hot water and shock in ice water (or use cold running faucet water) until the peas are cooled. Shake off excess water and toss in the dressing.

And that's it all there is to it. Enjoy for lunch or as a side dish or as a snack.
And even though the recipe is so quick and simple, I made a recipe page anyway:

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