June 02, 2008

pea, feta and spinach salad

This salad is so fresh, and vibrant; it is just simple, uncomplicated, good food. Just recently I've had a real hankering for peas....yes, I know, peas! Perhaps it's the longer days, and a promise of Summer (what, you hadn't noticed because of all the rain?), or maybe it's just that they taste so good, all bright green and sweet, and bursting smugly with their own goodness.
This gorgeous, verdant, salad is adapted from a recipe by Bill Granger (Pea, Feta and Mint Salad), but I'm not overly keen on mint, so I left that out, and also adapted the dressing so that I could add garlic (of course!)

The combination of the flavours works beautifully together, and even just looking at it makes you feel instantly healthier! It's colours are jewel like, and although we ate it as a simple lunch, just with a hunk of crusty bread, it would make a wonderfully vivid and appetising side to grace any meal.

Pea, Feta and Spinach Salad
(adapted from a recipe by Bill Granger)

200g fresh peas
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion finely chopped
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves of garlic
30g pistachios
50g baby spinach leaves
75g feta cheese
Blanch the peas in boiling water for about two minutes, and then refresh immediately in cold water to stop them losing their lovely bright green colour.
Cook the onion in the two tablespoons of oil until soft and golden (about five minutes). Whisk together the remaining oil and cider vinegar for the dressing, and season with garlic, salt and pepper.
When the onions are cooked, mix them with the peas and pistachios in a bowl, and toss together with the dressing.
Lightly mix in the spinach to coat the leaves with the dressing and then sprinkle with the crumbled feta to serve.


Sylvie said...

What a lovely looking, fresh salad. I like that you left the mint out as I'm not a big fan either!

LyB said...

Oh, yes, you definitely need garlic in a dressing, definitely! That salad looks so delicious, very tempting!

nicisme said...

Nice fresh salad - just in time for the warm weather which I am waiting for with baited breath! I would be leaving the mint out too.

Joy said...

I just found you from Tastespotting. I love how vibrant and fresh this dish looks! Perfect for summer. I'm going to go out looking for peas soon. Thanks for sharing!

Kevin said...

That salad sounds good.

Margaret said...

The salad looks wonderfully fresh.
I love Bill Granger recipes.

katrina said...

Yum, what a beautiful salad!

Coffee and Vanilla said...

This salad sounds delicious!!

Have a good day, Margot