After some dreadfully wet and cold days, the weather does seem to be improving and there is hope of spring, but in the meantime until the spring vegetables start to appear it’s spring-like food such as this salad that’s on the menu.
Celery & Pea Salad
The fresh pea season in this part of the world is very brief and is around Christmas so the rest of the time I use frozen peas which really are one of the best convenience foods, but, of course, use fresh if it’s the season.
2 cups shelled fresh or frozen peas
6 sticks celery, sliced
4 green onions, sliced
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
crumbled feta cheese
HONEY MUSTARD DRESSING
2 tbsp white wine vinegar
2 tsp Dijon mustard
¼ cup olive oil
1 For the dressing, place vinegar, mustard and a drizzle of
honey in a small bowl and whisk to combine. Slowly whisk in oil, then season to taste with salt and black pepper.
2 Boil, steam or microwave peas until just cooked, then refresh under cold running water.
3 Place peas, celery and green onions in a bowl, drizzle over dressing and toss to combine. Check seasoning and season with salt and black pepper, if necessary. Serve scattered with crumbled feta cheese.
So tell me, which salads do you like at this time of year?
Where did the ingredients for this dish come from:
Celery, green onions: Krismaw Gardens – Hastings; Honey: The
Naked Honey Pot – Taradale; Feta cheese: Origin Earth – Havelock North; Olive oil: The Village Press – Hastings; Store Cupboard
Ingredients: vinegar, mustard, peas, salt, black pepper.
Note: Many of these producers can be found at the Napier Urban Food Market each Saturday morning and/or at the Hawke’s Bay Farmers’
Market each Sunday morning.
Happy cooking and eating.
Recipe by Rachel Blackmore
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