As I mentioned earlier in the week, I recently went to a potluck dinner when my friends Katie and Julie were in town. Katie was the guest of honor at the event, so you believe I put her to work in the kitchen!
I decided on a snow pea-based salad, partly because I got some awesome snow peas from LA Salad Company, and partly because salads, for the most part, are pretty easy to put together and easy to transport. Oh, and healthy, too! This salad actually involved a little cooking, and that was the task I gave Katie.
We put a big pot of water on the stove, and once it started boiling, Katie added all the snow peas. It was a little over a pound, but if you can only find 1-pound bags, then just buy one.
Snow peas don’t take long to cook – only 3 minutes, until they get a little tender and turn bright green. After three minutes, Katie transferred the snow peas, using a slotted spoon, directly into an ice bath – a bowl of ice water that shocks the peas, stops the cooking process, and locks in the great green color.
After they cooled down, Katie strained the peas and was very proud of her handiwork.
While Katie headed up the pea patrol, I became a slicing machine. I thinly sliced a bunch of radishes (about 9 radishes total), and a bunch of scallions (about 8 stalks, only using the white and light green parts).
They all got added to the salad bowl, on top of the drained snow peas. Next, I chopped a cucumber into very small pieces and threw them in the bowl, too.
The salad part’s done! Just four ingredients.
On to the dressing, which I made in a mug, with these 5 ingredients:
- Juice of 2 limes
- Zest of 1 lime
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
- 1 big handful cilantro, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon olive oil (Yup, only 1 tablespoon for this entire big bowl of salad.)
Mix it all up, pour onto the salad and toss, toss, toss. It ends up being a very pretty salad!
It’s full of big, bright flavors: spicy radishes, fresh cilantro, tangy lime, aromatic ginger. And I don’t mean to brag or anything, but the bowl came back from the potluck completely empty. Must have been a hit!
Keep it up, David!