Spring Pea & Herb Salad with Asiago & Parmesan

Spring Pea & Herb Salad with Asiago & Parmesan - A fresh and bright salad to welcome Spring! | foxeslovelemons.com

I know, it’s only the first week in March. But I’m just over winter. I’m tired of my boots, I’m tired of my hat, and I’m tired of the melting ice water that drips off the roof onto my head every time I reach out to get the mail. OVER IT. I saw some great fresh English peas at the store the other day, and decided I was going throw Spring a “welcome home” party. In my kitchen and on this blog, at the very least. I’m going to be lightening things up around here with a series of Spring salads this month. Who’s with me?

Spring Pea & Herb Salad with Asiago & Parmesan - A fresh and bright salad to welcome Spring! | foxeslovelemons.com

I’ve been seeing a lot of great herb salads at restaurants lately, and wanted to try one at home. That’s right – it’s a salad composed of nothing more than a bunch of leafy herbs like parsley, basil and mint. I also used some pea shoots here, but those are optional. The herbs are tossed in a simple but delicious mustard and lemon vinaigrette, and then topped with those beautiful fresh peas, sliced radish for a bit of bite, and shaved Stella Asiago and Parmesan for a rich, nutty addition.

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Spring Pea & Herb Salad with Asiago & Parmesan - A fresh and bright salad to welcome Spring! | foxeslovelemons.com

Spring Pea & Herb Salad with Asiago & Parmesan

Yield: Serves 4 as a side dish

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup fresh English peas
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon whole grain Dijon mustard
  • Pinch of kosher salt and ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 large radishes, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves and tender stems
  • 1 cup fresh pea shoots (optional)
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, torn
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1/4 cup shaved Stella Asiago Aged Cheese
  • 1/4 cup shaved Stella Parmesan Cheese

Directions:

  1. Heat small pot of water to boiling over high heat. Add peas; cook 1½  to 2 minutes or until peas are just tender. Drain and rinse peas with cold water.
  2. In large bowl, whisk together lemon juice, mustard and salt and pepper. While whisking, slowly drizzle in oil until all oil is incorporated.
  3. Add radishes, parsley, pea shoots (if using), basil and mint to bowl; toss until greens are coated in dressing.
  4. Divide herb mixture between 4 salad plates. Divide cheese and peas over salads and serve immediately.

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26 comments

  1. I am so ready for spring and this salad looks incredibly delicious!

  2. Both mint and basil in the same salad! I probably won’t be able to get both of those to grow simultaneously, but if I do this would be a killer salad. I love uncooked peas.

    • Oh, don’t even get me started on GROWING fresh herbs, Hannah! I’ve had a bit of success with my AeroGarden, but I’m definitely no green thumb 😉

  3. This is absolutely GORGEOUS! Beautiful work Lori!

  4. I’m happy to eat this fabulous spring salad even when it doesn’t look like spring outside 🙂

  5. I love all of the ingredients you used in the salad – such a lovely spring dish! I’m always looking for more ways to use pea sprouts during springtime. 

  6. I love the idea of this salad, but I’m not sure I could deal with all the strong flavors of the herbs.  I’m guessing that the pea shoots would help, but I’m probably going to have to pass on this one. 

  7. This salad look delicious! Perfect for Spring!
    ~Liz@HoosierHomemade

  8. Now THIS is a salad. Wow! Love every little bit of it.

  9. What a light and refreshing salad highlighted by those cheese shavings! Mmm…That lucky winner!!!

    Julie & Alesah
    Gourmet Getaways xx

  10. I am SO over winter too and was JUST thinking about when it might be appropriate to start talking spring foods. Love the shaved cheese on top of this, looks delicious!

  11. Come to Tampa, it was 90 yesterday. Lets switch places! I love this salad so bright.

  12. I’m so over winter too! I’m not a big salad person but I do love fresh herbs. I think I may actually like this kind of salad! Especially with cheese.

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