When I think of spring – as far as food goes – green peas immediately come to mind.
I think it’s because green peas are not only one of my favorite springtime foods, but also because they remind me of the green buds on trees. And if you live in a place where it snows, you will know exactly what I mean when I say that buds on the trees in spring are a most welcome sight.
This salad is so easy to make it’s barely a recipe, and even though it has just a few ingredients, it’s not lacking flavor at all. With a lot of my recipes, I say that it’s fine to go ahead and make the dish if you’re missing an ingredient or two, but with this salad, each component brings an essential flavor to the mix.
The highlight is the lemon cream, which is used to dress the salad. It sounds so similar that you might not realize it’s not your typical creamy lemon salad dressing; no, this is something else entirely. This is whipped cream flavored simply with lemon and a touch of sugar and salt for balance. It adds a surprisingly light feel, but at the same time richness to the dish. This airy dressing dissipates on your tongue, leaving you with a bit of richness that’s pleasantly contrasted by the lemon. It is the perfect way to simply dress peas.
Fish or chicken are both lovely pairings with this dish as a side, but you can also make this pea salad into a light meal for two by serving it with some crusty bread and/or a nice cheese.