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This salad screams “SPRING!” English peas, check. Sugar Snap Peas, got ’em. Asparagus, you betcha. Radishes, for sure. Mint, yup. The instructions for the recipe look long, but once you get the water boiling and the bowl of ice water set up, it comes together in a snap. Just be sure to blanch the asparagus last so that the water doesn’t take on the taste until the end.

I found the fresh English peas at Trader Joe’s. I don’t like frozen peas, but I loved these! I’m not sure how long they will be in stores, but get them while you can!

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Asparagus, Radish, and Mixed Pea Salad with Mint and Hazelnuts


  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves, minced


  • 2 cups fresh English peas
  • 2 cups sugar snap peas
  • 1 bunch radishes, quartered
  • 1 bunch asparagus, ends snapped off
  • 1/2 cup toasted and skinned hazelnuts

Dressing: In a large bowl, whisk together the vinegar, honey, salt, and pepper. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil, while whisking, until blended. The mint will be added later.

Salad: Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil. Fill a large bowl halfway with ice and then add cold water to cover the ice.  Add the English peas to the boiling water and blanch for 30 seconds, use a hand-held strainer or a spider to lift out the peas and immediately drop them in the ice water. Add the sugar snap peas to the boiling water and blanch for 1 minute, use the spider to remove, and add to the bowl of ice water with the English peas.  Add the radishes to the boiling water and blanch for 30 seconds, remove with a spider and add to ice water.  Once the radishes are completely chilled, use the spider to remove the peas and radishes onto paper towels to drain.

Add more ice to the bowl if needed. Add the asparagus to the boiling water and blanch for 90 seconds, use a spider to remove to the ice water until chilled, and then drain on more paper towels.

Once all the vegetables are well drained, add to the mint to the dressing and whisk to combine, then add all the vegetables to the bowl and toss until coated with the dressing. Arrange on a platter and sprinkle with the hazelnuts just before serving.

Serves 6 to 8

Note: In a comment on yesterday’s post with the recipe for the Tangerine and Bengal Spice cake with fresh chamomile flower garnish, Ronnie asked if I grow my own chamomile. I do and I told her I’d add a photo at the end of this post. Here you go Ronnie, those tiny white and yellow flowers in the back are the chamomile. xoxo

They look more scarce and picked over in my garden because I not only used them for the cake but I use them daily on Harmony Boards.

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1 Debbie Elder { 04.24.19 at 5:34 AM }

Looks yummy. Curious to know what don’t you like about frozen peas?

2 Lisa { 04.24.19 at 6:43 AM }

I learn from you every post!

3 Linda Hopkins { 04.24.19 at 7:16 AM }

I’m not sure, Debbie. I only had canned pea when I was growing up, so for obvious reasons, I’ve always hated peas! This was the first time I enjoyed them. Something different about these than even the frozen variety.

4 Anonymous { 04.24.19 at 5:57 PM }

I am for sure making this! Stopping by trader Joe’ s tomorrow!

5 Betsy storey { 04.26.19 at 6:27 AM }

Love my veggies and this looks delish!

6 Lina K. Austin { 04.26.19 at 7:33 AM }

I have been wanting more ideas of what to do with all this mint. You wake up my creativity all the time. Thanks

7 Linda Hopkins { 04.26.19 at 7:37 AM }

Mojitos, Lina, that’s the use for lots of mint!!! 🙂 https://lespetitesgourmettes.com/recipes/cranberry-mojito-and-christmas-crafts/

Here’s another cocktail using a bunch of mint. Cocktails for the win!

8 Shelley J. { 04.26.19 at 10:12 AM }

This looks like such a lovely salad! It will be great for my mother’s day brunch 🙂 Thanks!

9 Marissa { 04.27.19 at 10:38 AM }

Love the TJ’s peas – looks delish!

10 Shirley { 04.30.19 at 8:36 AM }

It looks amazing! I love those English peas from Trader Joe’s.
Thank you!

11 Anne { 04.30.19 at 8:37 AM }

SPRING!!!!! this salad seriously screams that… looks so good! I remember hating peas growing up too… would try to rid my plate of them by flicking them across the table to land near my younger brothers plate…messy eater…perfect target for strayed peas! Haaaa Somehow I don’t mind them now, so I look forward to trying this recipe!

12 Marilyn Harter { 05.02.19 at 4:36 PM }

The dressing sounds delicious with the fresh mint! It’s so refreshing! Interesting to see the chamomile flowers. It must take a bunch to make one bag of chamomile tea!

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