A light, refreshing salad for springtime – asparagus pea and feta salad with lemon balm vinegar and fresh mint.
This month’s recipe redux theme is spring cleaning – going through your cabinets and kitchen to find those treasures that have been hanging out for a while and give them some attention. Sometimes I sit on these themes for a while and ponder about what I’ll make and other times I know immediately what I want to do. This was one of those themes where I knew exactly what I wanted to use.
Remember those DIY holiday vinegars I made last year? Well, it’s unfortunate that I made them when I did because I barely eat any salad during the winter months. So the vinegars sat in my fridge patiently waiting snow storm after snow storm for warmer temps and fresh spring vegetables.
Well, the time is finally here. The ice has all melted and I’m up to my ears in asparagus. So I made a simple, light salad topped with my homemade lemon balm vinegar. I love these herb vinegars. The lemon balm vinegar is slightly sweet with a bright lemon flavor. It tastes so refreshing paired with fresh mint and salty feta. YUM!
We paired this with slow cooked salmon and brown rice. And I might have had some cheesecake for dessert (recipe coming soon!) :).Print
- 1 bunch asparagus, tough ends removed, sliced in half
- 2 cups shelled English peas (or can sub frozen green peas)
- 1/2 cup feta cheese
- 1/4 cup fresh mint, chopped
- 1/2 tsp lemon zest
- 2 tsp lemon balm vinegar
- 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- Bring salted water to boil in a large saucepan. Blanch peas for 1 minute and using a slotted spoon, transfer to an ice bath. Remove peas from ice bath and set aside.
- Boil asparagus for a few minutes until tender and transfer to the ice bath. Remove asparagus and set aside.
- In a bowl, combine asparagus, peas, mint, lemon zest, olive oil, lemon balm vinegar. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
To make vegan-friendly, omit feta cheese.
I used frozen green peas because fresh English peas were nowhere in sight but ideally I’d have used fresh shucked English peas for this salad.
For more spring like salads, take a look at the recipes below:
For more spring cleaning inspiration, check out the recipes my fellow Reduxers created:
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