Spring Vegetable Salad with Mint Pesto

Spring Vegetable Salad with Mint Pesto

Brian CampbellCamfam Cookery
This salad is the ultimate potluck side dish to bring to a barbecue or to serve when the family gathers for the summer holidays.
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Course Salad
Cuisine French, Italian
Servings 4
Calories 281 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 Stock Pot Soup or Stock pot that will hold 8 cups
  • 2 Sheet Pan
  • 1 Blender (immersion or standing)

Ingredients
  

  • ¼ cup whole almonds with skins
  • 6 oz green beans ends trimmed
  • 6 oz sugar snap peas halved on the diagonal
  • 1 ½ cup peas fresh or frozen
  • 4 radishes thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 ½ tbsp sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • tsp black pepper ground
  • cup mint pesto
  • ½ cup fresh mint leaves
  • 2 oz feta crumbled feta, or to taste

Instructions
 

  • Toast the almonds:
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spread the almonds on a baking sheet and toast in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes, or until they are fragrant. Let cool and coarsely chop or crush them.
  • Blanch the beans, snap peas, and peas:
  • Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil. Prepare a bowl of ice water. Add the beans to the boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Add the sugar snap peas, and peas, let cook for 2 minutes, or until crisp-tender. (Total cooking time is 5 minutes.)
  • With a slotted spoon, transfer the vegetables to the bowl of ice water. Swish them around for about 1 minute. Drain them in a colander, and spread them on a paper towel-lined baking sheet. Pat dry.
  • Dress and serve the salad:
  • In a large bowl, toss the beans, snap peas, peas, and radishes with the oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Add the mint pesto and toss again.
  • Taste and add more salt, pepper, or vinegar, if you like. Transfer to a bowl or platter. Sprinkle with the almonds, feta, and mint leaves.

Nutrition

Calories: 281kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 10gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 371mgPotassium: 427mgFiber: 7gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 1888IUVitamin C: 55mgCalcium: 190mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Vegetable
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