Friday, April 6, 2012

Sugar Snap Pea and Fennel Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette

Welcome to Spring! Fresh, light and absolutely delicious.

Sugar Snap Pea and Fennel Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette
Serves 4-6

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil or walnut oil
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons finely chopped shallots
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
2 cups sugar snap peas, tough strings removed, cut into strips
1 cup frozen peas, thawed
1 small fennel bulb, trimmed and cut into thin strips (review a few fronds for garnish)
1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon
Freshly ground black pepper

1.  Whisk together the vinegar, oil, mustard, shallots and salt in a large bowl.  
2.  Add the snap peas, peas, fennel, tarragon to bowl.  
3.  Toss to coat and season to taste with pepper.
4.  Garnish with fennel fronds and top with toasted walnuts.  Season to taste with additional salt and pepper, if necessary.


1/2 cup toasted walnuts

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The Japanese Redneck said...

It's very pretty.

I've never had fennel before.

Happy Easter.

From the Kitchen said...

Lovely! Thanks so much for another delicious salad to add to the summer table.


Sue/the view from great island said...

This salad is beautiful, and has the same feel as the Japanese salad I posted about today. I guess spring has finally arrived.

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

What a pretty salad and it looks so refreshing. Happy Easter weekend to you and your family Velva.

Lyndsay Wells said...

I concur with the group, this salad looks wonderful. I think I might make it as part of my Easter brunch. Thank you!

Claudia said...

This is indeed spring in a plate. I love using fennel and the fronds just dress it all up. Have a beautiful holiday weekend.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Great to hear from you. It's been awhile. Hope you and your loved ones are all well and healthy. We are fine --still hiking and enjoying life.

That salad sounds delicious and healthy... Thanks for the recipe.

Happy Easter.

Michelle said...

Sounds wonderful with a refreshing vinaigrette.

rosaria williams said...

I think fennel is such a versatile vegetable; I love hot or cold, even instead of potatoes in casseroles.

Christine's Pantry said...

This looks amazing.

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Very colorful and delicious looking vegetable salad. Would surely would like to prepare it soon.

Hamaree Rasoi

My Little Space said...

Oh my Velva, this sounds surely light & delicious. Just perfect for anyday. :o) Thanks for sharing this lovely dish & enjoy your weekend, dear.

tasteofbeirut said...

A perfect Spring salad to grace the Easter table! Wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday!

Cathy at Wives with Knives said...

Yum, you are talking my language with a beautiful salad like this, Velva. I can buy all these ingredients at our farmers' market when it opens up in a few weeks. I can't wait.

A Feast for the Eyes said...

I need to break away from traditional green salads. I love sugar snap peas, and that vinaigrette looks fantastic. I'll bet it has a beautiful crunch factor to it. So Spring!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

This looks wonderful to me! I love fennel and the idea of mixing it with snap peas and toasted nuts sounds delicious. It looks like you used pecans instead of walnuts and that would be my choice too.

Lynda Olsen said...

This is a beautiful looking salad! I'm bookmarking this one, so when our local farmers markets open, I can find the fennel. I love the pecans on top too.

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

I've made a 4 bean salad - and this will be my second "green" for Easter Dinner!! Will be perfect with ham!!
Thank you Velva and Happy Easter!

That Girl said...

This is definitely my type of salad. I can't wait to try it.

Hungry Dog said...

I love this idea for a salad! So pretty and springy, too.

We Are Not Martha said...

I love fennel in just about everything and this salad looks so fresh and springy!


Rachel Cotterill said...

That looks like a lovely light salad for a warm day :)

Angie's Recipes said...

This looks right up my alley! A perfect salad for for spring.
Happy Easter!

Lori Lynn said...

Fennel and snap peas sound great together. The salad is lovely.
I posted a sugar snap pea dish to celebrate spring too.
Wishing you a very happy Easter.

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

I am really enjoying eating fennel these past few years. I can't wait to try this simple to make yet sophisticated enough for company salad. Love the look of it too.

Kim said...

I'm crazy about sugar snap peas. Love them!

a-man said...

Thank You!
Happy Easter :-)!

Dining Alone said...

I have never actually made an apple cider vinaigrette, I need to give this a try.

Kitchen Belleicious said...

Oh I love that you added the walnuts on top! A spring dish indeed- it looks amazing

Just Cake Girl said...

Wow this looks good!

Barbara said...

Yummy, Velva. I do love fennel in a salad...took me a while though. I've always loved it roasted, but never fresh. It all depends on what's mixed with it. This looks perfect.

Katerina said...

Yes, spring is here alright and what better way to celebrate it than this fennel salad which looks irresistible!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Beautiful spring GREEN! I've never figured out how to do much with fennel - this is a great idea and has all the fresh flavors of spring!

Chris said...

How pretty is that? So colorful.

Magic of Spice said...

Oh that is just a burst of spring! What a beautiful salad...delicious!
Hope you had a lovely Easter :)

Anonymous said...

nice opinion.. thanks for posting.

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