Summer Radish Snow Pea Salad

Ingredients

Radishes (about 10)
~2 cups snow peas, or 1 small package
Peanut (or canola) oil
Italian seasoning
Salt
Balsamic vinaigrette dressing
Feta cheese crumbles (I used feta that was seasoned with Mediterranean herbs)
Ice cubes (several cups)
Water

HOW TO

1. Begin to boil a pot of water (this will be used for blanching the snow peas).
2. Meanwhile, wash the radishes and snow peas.Summer Radish Snow Pea Salad
3. Thinly slice the radishes.Summer Radish Snow Pea Salad 4. Once the water is boiling, place the snow peas in the pot and let them boil for 3 minutes.
5. While they’re busy boiling, put several cups of ice in a large bowl and add enough water to cover the ice. Technical term: ice bath!Summer Radish Snow Pea Salad

6. After the 3 minutes are up, rescue the peas with a slotted spoon and plop them directly into the ice bath. They should cool for a few minutes like that.
7. Whisk together a few tablespoons of the peanut oil and a couple good shakes of Italian seasoning and salt.IMG_0259

8. Put the peas and radishes into a large serving bowl. Toss with the peanut oil mixture, and drizzle some balsamic dressing on top. Refrigerate.Summer Radish Snow Pea Salad
9. When you’re ready to serve it, take the salad from the fridge and toss several tablespoons of the crumbled feta! Enjoy. 🙂

Notes

I know I’m calling this dish a “summer” recipe, but keep in mind that these ingredients can almost always be found fresh at your local grocery store! Based on how much we enjoyed it, I’d say that this salad will work its way into our year-round menu!

Serves: 2 people plus a leftover serving (but not for us, because we got so excited we finished it all!)

(I served this as a heaping side dish alongside some hastily-shaped sirloin patties. I drizzled balsamic vinaigrette on the patties as they cooked for an extra punch of flavor. Oh, and I made THIS EASY CREAMY PEACH PIE for dessert. The pie took me literally 5 minutes to prep so I got it ready a few hours before dinner!)

story

I didn’t grow up liking radishes. Maybe it’s because people shoved an entire radish towards me, saying “Here! Try it! It’s good!” And then I’d timidly try a bite, and immediately feel overwhelmed by the sharp flavors. But radishes seem to change in terms of flavor a bit when you slice them really thin…and I ended up loving this recipe so trust me on this, even if you don’t think you could like radishes. Hey, anything that had my previously-not-a-veggie-lover-husband asking for seconds is worth looking at. 🙂

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