This sugar snap pea and fennel salad is fresh, easy and very spring-like.
It’s no surprise to regular readers that I tend to like meals made with as little fuss and pretense as possible. That’s especially true come spring as the best meals of the season require minimal fussing to begin with because the produce is so fresh and tender during this time. The sunny skies, mild days and light rains truly work their magic, producing a bounty of beautiful fruits and vegetables.
Everything in spring embodies freshness and lightness. Fresh salads are made with such ease during this time, and it should also come as no surprise to those of you that have been coming here regularly that I eat a lot of salads.
Like soup, I could eat a one every day and never tire of it. Frankly, when it’s warm and sunny out, all you want sometimes is a salad, especially when it’s light, crisp and filled with the best the season has to offer.
Sometimes I get on a kick; I become mildly obsessed with an ingredient, and find ways to sneak it into almost everything I make. Recently my love affair is with fennel and since we’re already on the subject of salads, I thought I would offer you another favorite recipe of mine for this delicious and delicately flavored vegetable along with a couple of springtime additions.
The salad simply tastes like the season. This double pea and fennel salad is fresh, easy and very spring-like. A jumble of thinly sliced sugar snap peas, fennel, and tender, mildly sweet baby peas are dressed with an apple cider vinaigrette. It’s a light and refreshing combination with a satisfying crunch.
Sugar Snap Pea and Fennel Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette
This double pea and fennel salad is fresh, easy and very spring-like.
- 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil or walnut oil
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 2 teaspoons finely chopped shallots
- ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
- 2 cups sugar snap peas, tough strings removed, cut into thin strips
- 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
- 1 fennel bulb, trimmed and cut into thin strips (reserve a few fronds for garnish)
- 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon
- Freshly ground black pepper
- ½ cup toasted walnuts
- Whisk together the vinegar, oil, mustard, shallots and salt in a large bowl.
- Add the snap peas, peas, fennel, tarragon to bowl.
- Toss to coat and season to taste with pepper.
- Garnish with fennel fronds and top with toasted walnuts. Season to taste with additional salt and pepper if necessary.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 251Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 210mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 6gSugar: 6gProtein: 7g
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Sylvie Shirazi is the recipe developer and food photographer behind Gourmande in the Kitchen. For the last 10 years she's been making eating more healthfully easy and accessible with gluten-free, grain-free, paleo and vegan recipes that are free from processed ingredients.
Magic of Spice says
Such a gorgeous salad, and wonderful flavors...very spring 🙂 I eat salads most every day, and love including the seasons bounties 🙂
I'm SO hungry right now and this would be amazing if it was sitting in front of me instead of on my screen!!
Thanks for sharing Sylvie!
What a beautiful salad! Just pinned it to my spring board. Can't wait to make it!
Grubarazzi (@Grubarazzi) says
I just love the way you cook, and the way you take photos. I can always count on a gorgeous and healthy recipe from you.
Jennifer (Delicieux) says
What a gorgeously crunchy and healthy salad Sylvie! I love the way you've presented the sugar snaps, they look so pretty this way.
beautiful! I have been eating more salads, too... This is on my list. Thanks Sylvie.
This salad has written Spring all over it ! Flavor fiesta has come out great ! Congratulations to you,other great contributors and Divya 🙂
I'm totally with you when it comes to salad. I can eat it all year round really ! And fennel indeed has this fresh taste in mouth that's perfect for spring.