Monday, 11 July 2011

Three Pea Salad

Our garden is currently full of peas of every description. The slight contrasts in texture and flavour go together very well in a simple salad.

The rice needs to be cooked in advance, or you could use leftover rice. I cooked twice as much as I needed because rice just doesn't seem to cook properly if you try to cook too little at a time. Leftover rice is always handy though, and you can freeze it if you don't think you will get to it right away.

4 to 6 servings
1 hour 30 minutes - 45 minutes prep time

Three Pea Salad
Cook the Rice:
1/2 cup wild rice
1/2 cup brown rice
2 1/2 cups water
1/2 teaspoon salt

Cook the above in your rice cooker, or put in a large pot on the stove and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to very low and cook, covered, until tender and all the water has evaporated. Let cool. Use half of this cooked rice in the salad, and reserve half for another purpose.

Prepare the Vegetables:
2 cups snow peas
2 cups snap peas
2 cups shelled peas (4 cups when still in the pod)
1 medium zucchini
1/3 cup finely chopped sweet white onion OR chives

Put a pot of water on to boil.

Wash the snow and snap peas, and pinch off the stem end of each, pulling away any strings that have formed along the seams. Cut them into about thirds. Shell the peas.

Put all the peas into the boiling water and cook for 1 or 2 minutes, until barely tender, then drain and rinse in cold water. Drain well.

Wash, trim and cut the zucchini into pea-sized dice. Trim and chop the onion or chives finely.

Make the Dressing & Finish:
2 tablespoons mild vegetable oil
2 tablespoons soy sauce
4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
1 teaspoon very finely grated fresh ginger

Mix the salad ingredients in a small bowl or jar, and whisk or shake together.

Mix one-half of the cooked rice with the well-drained peas, zucchini and onion or chives. Toss with the dressing. Nom nom nom.


The Armchair Housewife said...

Ok, Im kinda dumb... you mean you eat the whole snap pea? With the pod right on? hmm... that never occurred to me to do, I guess I figured theyd be too tough and bitter to eat. But Im willing to give it a try, certainly saves me shelling time! :)

Ferdzy said...

There's 3 Kinds of peas; regular shelling peas, snap peas (sometimes called sugar snap peas) and snow peas. Shelling peas, obviously, get shelled. Snap peas and snow peas are eaten pod and all, but with snap peas you wait until the pod fills out with small peas.

So yeah, I've been getting into snap peas this year. They have more substance than snow peas, less waste than shelling peas. But you do need to be sure you have SNAP peas if you plan to eat the whole thing! There will be more about this topic tomorrow...

Jerry said...

Ferdzy, you didn’t say where you got your Amish seeds. I just paid for my order on EBay, 60 seeds for $5.25 including S&H. It is not too late for fall planting is it?
My snow peas were bust this year.