Many of you may like sugar snap peas but think of them as a cooked vegetable, but you can also make great salads from them.This recipe makes a light and interesting fresh tasting dish that can be eaten on its own or make a great side dish to serve with Salmon for example.
Sugar Snap Pea Salad
200g Sugar Snap peas
2 Spring onions
1/2 small green Courgette
Pea shoots optional (when in season)
1 large lime juice and zest
2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive oil
8-9 large Basil leaves
1 level Tbsp chopped fresh coriander
- Slice the sugar snap peas lengthwise and place in a large salad bowl.
- Next prepare the courgette by cutting it in half lengthwise and cut one half also lengthwise in half. lay each quarter on its skin side and cut away the seeds (see photo). Now cut the courgette into matchstick pieces and add to the salad bowl.
- Wash clean and then slice the two spring onions as thinly as possible and add to the salad. Next add the lime zest, then gentle fold up the basil leaves and slice into very thin ribbons and add also to the salad.
- *Dress the salad with the olive oil and gently toss to mix all the ingredients. Next season with salt and pepper and the finally the lime juice.
You see that I have cut away most of the seeds from the courgettes.
*Only dress the salad 10 minutes before you use it, which will be long to marry the flavours but not make the sugar snap peas go limp.
In the Western world many people have a lot of processed foods in their diet and not enough roughage (fiber) which is very important to your long term health. Roughage can not be fully broken down in your stomach so it helps keep your system regular. Another benefit of roughage is its a source of beneficial bacteria in your gut. Eating dishes like my sugar snap pea salad can also help you lose weight because it’s quite filling. A fiber rich diet can also help decrease the risk factors for heart disease.
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