Spring Salad with Green Pea Shoots
Spring is in the air, so why not put it on your plate? Salads are all the rage this time of year, but when’s the last time you topped yours with Green Pea Shoots? A little goes a long way in terms of flavor and nutrients. In fact, one clamshell will get your 6-8 salads, so plan on grazing all week!
We've incorporated a light, homemade champagne dressing that can also be doubled and stored in the fridge for more salads all week! This, and all the other beautiful spring ingredients we've included (like watermelon radishes!) will keep you 'salad satisfied'!
As for our BrightFresh "newbie", Green Pea Shoots, they are the perfect accompaniment to other lettuce greens because they maintain their crisp stem and pea punch and have a sturdy texture that gives body to any salad. Perfect for lunch, brunch, or a St. Patrick’s Day starter, this recipe will make an impression while leaving room for the next course. And don’t worry about wearing green, as long as you’re eating these lucky clovers, you won’t get pinched!
Keep scrolling past the recipe video for some well thought out wine pairings...flavor is everything and we think we've nailed it here. These moderately priced wines will compliment a vinaigrette dressing and actually bring out the fruitiness of the wine.
1/2 cup walnuts, crushed
1-2 tbsp creamy Champagne dressing (or make your own with ¼ cup Champagne vinegar, 1/4 tsp Dijon mustard, 1/4 tsp honey, 1/4 tsp minced shallot and ¼ cup olive oil)
3 large watermelon radishes, thinly sliced on a mandoline
1 fennel bulb, thinly sliced on a mandoline
1 cup chickpeas, pre-mixed with pink salt and black pepper
1 cup Super Red Romaine lettuce or Radicchio Lettuce
1 cup Green Butter lettuce
½ cup Crumbled Feta Cheese
½ cup BrightFresh Green Pea Shoots
Make your dressing: In a large bowl, whisk the Champagne vinegar with the Dijon mustard, honey and minced shallot. Add the extra-virgin olive oil and whisk until blended. Season the vinaigrette with pink salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Rip Your Salad greens: gently tear bite sized pieces of the Super Red Romaine or Radiccio, Butter lettuce into a large bowl.
Thinly slice your watermelon radishes, fennel bulb, and add to the lettuce. Take a grip full of our Green Pea Shoots and add them into the salad mix!
Sprinkle the crushed walnut onto the salad just before dressing your salad with your homemade dressing! Add salt and pepper if desired.
BE SALAD SATISFIED! WITH BRIGHTFRESH.
Inspo thanks to Food and Wine
WAIT!...Before you sit down and plate up, you may wish to add some sparkle or citrus wine notes to your lunch. Consider these WINE PAIRING RECOMMENDATIONS:
-- PICPOUL- Light-bodied and affordable from France’s southern Languedoc region, goes well with green salads dressed with a simple vinaigrette. Price Point: $13.00
--BOUGRIER 'V' VOUVRAY - Bottled by Jean Claude Bougrier at his Loire Estate, this Vouvray is medium-bodied. Rich flavors of cream and hazelnut contribute to the slight sweetness. Best if you add creams or cheese to your salad. Price Point: $15.00
--Rombauer Sauvignon Blanc 2019 - Sauvignon Blanc from North Coast, California. A brilliant pale yellow with a bright green hue, exudes aromas of key lime, mango, papaya and a hint of fresh-cut grass. Lively acidity lingers on the palate; perfect for balancing tart notes, as with vinaigrette dressings. Price Point: $22.00
--VEUVE CLICQUOT YELLOW LABEL BRUT CHAMPAGNE - Champagne, France - Complex aromas of bright and beautiful ripe fruit, poached pear, grated ginger, and light cream. This is the go-to champagne for everything and moderately priced, as compared to other French varietals. Price Point: $38.00 (more of a splurge, but who doesn't need Champagne in their life?)