Baking is science and I don't like formulas, but cooking is art and anything goes...and the simpler the better. It's all about less time at the stove and more time at the table. With a forty year passion for food I'm excited to share what I do in the kitchen nearly every day.

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Asparagus Pea Shoot Salad

Asparagus, pea shoots, feta, mint…this salad epitomizes spring!

In a small bowl or jar with a lid, combine the juice from half a lemon, twice that amount of extra virgin olive oil, a thinly sliced shallot, a handful of finely chopped mint, salt, and pepper. Mix or shake well and set aside.

Remove the coarse bottoms from a pound of asparagus spears, cut into two-inch pieces, then blanch for a minute or two in a pot of simmering salted water. Once the asparagus is tender but still firm, drain in a colander and run under cold water to keep them from cooking any more.

Five minutes before serving, adjust the dressing if needed with more lemon, oil, salt, or pepper. Then, in a large bowl, combine the asparagus, two ounces of pea shoots, four ounces of crumbled feta, another helping of chopped mint, and the dressing. Toss well.

Happiness, right? Spring is here!