Pea Salad with Tarragon and Pea Shoots

Total Time:
35 min
30 min
5 min

4 to 6 servings

  • For the dressing:
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sherry vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon capers, roughly chopped, plus 1/2 teaspoon brine from the jar
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground white pepper
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 sprigs tarragon, leaves chopped
  • For the salad:
  • Kosher salt
  • Sugar
  • 3/4 pound sugar snap peas, strings removed
  • 3/4 pound snow peas, trimmed
  • 1 cup shelled green peas
  • Freshly ground white pepper
  • 1/4 cup pea shoots
  • Make the dressing: Whisk the mustard, lemon juice and vinegar in a medium bowl. Add the capers and brine and a pinch each of salt and white pepper. Slowly whisk in the olive oil and add the tarragon. Taste for seasoning.

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil, adding salt until it tastes like seawater. Meanwhile, set a colander in a large bowl of ice water (this will keep you from having to pick ice out of the peas later).

  • Add a generous pinch of sugar to the boiling water. Add the sugar snap peas and cook until bright green and crisp-tender, about 2 minutes. Use a strainer to remove the peas from the water and transfer them to the colander.

  • Bring the water back up to a boil and add the snow peas and shelled peas. Cook until they float to the surface, about 1 minute. Use the strainer to remove the peas and plunge them into the ice bath with the sugar snaps. Set aside for a couple of minutes to ensure the peas have cooled thoroughly.

  • Drain the peas, then spread them out on a clean kitchen towel. Use another kitchen towel to gently pat them dry, then let air-dry. (Water on the peas will dilute all of the good flavors.)

  • Transfer the peas to a medium bowl and season with salt, white pepper and a sprinkle of sugar. Stir to blend. Toss with the dressing and pea shoots. Taste again for seasoning and serve immediately.

  • Photograph by Con Poulos

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