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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Sugar Snap Pea Salad

This week my husband and I are on vacation at Lake of the Ozarks. We made the scenic drive from California in 2 1/2 enjoyable days. The kids loaded into the car with an atlas, books, binoculars, and a camera. They took turns looking out the window with the binoculars and snapping pictures at anything interesting they saw.

I'm thankful my kids find the simple things interesting. We played games, listened to lots of music, and laughed at the silly things the girls said. 

I packed lots of food and homemade snacks for the road trip, but after three days I was ready for a large salad. Though I enjoyed some great restaurants along the route, surprisingly none served organic vegetables.  This is a problem because if I eat a non-organic salad, I'll get a migraine headache so severe I won't be able to walk the next day. Carrots in a sandwich bag only take me so far, so I rely on extra ingenuity to get proper vegetables while traveling. It's difficult at times, but research, planning, and flexibility help when venturing out. 

After we dropped the kids off at camp we made a beeline for a wonderful organic grocery store and stocked up on vegetables, fruits, eggs, kombucha, and meat. This fresh sugar snap pea salad was just the thing I needed after many days of snacks and sandwiches.

It was evening when we finally made our way to the lake house. We had the music turned up and the countryside sparkled with the twinkling lights of fireflies. These captivating little creatures escorted us to our lakeside retreat. The lake house is beautiful, the moisture in the air is heavenly, and I find the sound of tiny waves against the docks mesmerizing. We're anticipating a few days of lazy mornings on the deck, afternoons in the water, and lots of reading. 

Sugar Snap Pea Salad
Serves 6

2 pounds sugar snap peas, trimmed
4 red radishes, sliced thin
1/2 red onion, chopped
1 medium cucumber, sliced
1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon olive oil

Bring a large pot of water to boil. While water is heating, fill a large bowl with ice and water. Place beans in boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Remove the peas with a slotted spoon and transfer the beans to the ice water. Lay a clean dish towel on the counter and, using a slotted spoon, transfer beans onto towel. Pat dry and pour peas into a large bowl. Stir in radishes, red onion, cucumber, feta cheese, vinegar, and olive oil.  Toss gently.  Serve immediately.

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Blogger LA said...

Jason's deli has really improved their selection of organic options on their salad bar -- but i have to admit, i dont know where i'd stop if i was seeking out an all organic restaurant on a road trip. :(

June 27, 2010 at 6:34 AM  
Anonymous Cooking in Mexico said...

Reading your description of the lakeside, moisture and fireflies provided me with a tiny vacation via your words. Thank you for a brief reprieve from our summer heat in Mexico.


June 27, 2010 at 10:07 AM  
Anonymous CC Recipe said...

Sounds like a wonderful crisp salad.

June 27, 2010 at 11:26 AM  
Anonymous Deliciously Organic said...

LA: Thanks for letting me know. I haven't been to a Jason's deli in a long time. I'll have to give it a try.

Cooking in Mexico: I'm glad I could give you a little reprieve. :)

June 27, 2010 at 2:31 PM  
Blogger Simply Life said...

what a fresh and healthy salad!

June 28, 2010 at 1:16 PM  
Blogger Isabelle said...

What a wonderful-looking combination of fresh veggies! I was just thinking I needed some new salad recipes for radishes, so you couldn't have posted this at a better time.

June 28, 2010 at 4:13 PM  
Blogger Annie said...

I read your blog the night before a day trip to the Hamptons, where there were sugar snap peas everywhere!! So I bought a bunch and made the salad tonight--SO GOOD! THANKS!

June 29, 2010 at 10:11 PM  

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