Minty Green Pea Salad with Red Grapes and Chèvre

Posted on: Thursday, April 21, 2016

It must be my turn for a bright salad to add some spring to your step! Lately, I’ve been daydreaming about my family trip to Paris last year. One of my favorite evenings started with a visit to the Centre Pompidou, famous for its crazy post-modern and contemporary art installations. One in particular was a series of golden, illuminating orbs hanging from the ceiling.
After visiting, we indulged in an equally exquisite meal at Frenchie Restaurant, a minimalist and relaxed eatery with a focused, innovative, and ever-changing menu. Among the many courses we sampled, the wonderfully chilled green pea soup served at the beginning of the meal was a highlight.

Back in Cambridge with the flavors of the bright green soup and illuminating orbs spinning in my head, I created a fresh side-salad of green peas, red grapes, shallot, goat cheese, fresh mint, parsley and lemon. The stunning and simple salad was a burst of colors with freshness from the herbs, a pop of sweetness and crunch from the grapes, and a nice soft tang from the chèvre.
Minty Green Pea Salad with Red Grapes and Chèvre

4 c shelled fresh green peas, or thawed frozen
2 c red grapes, halved
1 large shallot (or 2 small), thinly sliced in rounds
8 oz 
chèvre goat cheese, crumbled
1/2 c fresh mint leaves
1/4 c fresh parsley leaves, torn
1/4 c EVOO
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
Salt and pepper throughout

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the peas and cook for 2 minutes. Drain the peas in a colander and run them under cold water to cool completely. Add the peas to a large bowl. Add the red grapes, red onion, goat cheese, fresh mint, and parsley.

In a small bowl, whisk together the EVOO, lemon juice, lemon zest, salt and pepper. Pour over the salad, toss to combine and serve. Serves 4-6.


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