Crisp pea herbed salad, perfect for Spring!

I think I’m getting into a groove here, posting a simple salad or soup recipe with the menu on Sunday or Monday, and another recipe mid-week, Wednesday or Thursday. How does that sound to you, my good readers? (So thankful for you, by the way). I have a very bad tendency to overextend myself and spread myself too thin, but I’m slowly improving on that front (I think.)  So this should be a reasonable compromise for the time being…

Scroll down for the week’s menu, we had some changes of plans last week, so you will find some of the dishes I didn’t get to try last week. My mom visited the fair city of Seattle and brought back several dozens oysters and clams and a gorgeous fresh Pacific lobster tail. We savored it simply grilled and topped with crème fraîche and fleur de sel… What a feast! The excitement was such I didn’t even think of photographing it! I never want to eat frozen lobster again… 

By the way, I wanted to invite you to follow me on Pinterest if you’re not already, where I pin recipes I have tried and loved, or want to try, in case you’re looking for extra inspiration!

Speaking of inspiration…

A piece of spring

Pierced me with love for this empty place

Where a
prairie creek runs

Under its cover of clear ice

And the sound it
makes,

Mysterious as a heartbeat,

New as a lamb.

(Excerpt of “In the Late Season”, by Tom Hennen)

I know it’s only March 3rd, but I’m feeling the breath of spring… And a bite of the lovely pea, herb & spring onion salad I’m sharing today, made it even more palpable.

Spring is far from the words above in Southern California… No covers of clear ice here. But that ice breaking to release a rushing creek is a perfect metaphor for the season of renewal. There’s just something in the air right now.

The other day, I noticed our jasmine bush was full of buds, soon to invade the air with its intoxicating scent. And as I looked up, our resident mockingbird was sitting on the line. Not calling for love at all hours of the night quite yet. But thinking about it.

T’is the season of anticipation.

May this crisp salad ease you into it…

UDPATE: Turns out what I used above wasn’t spring onions, butgreen (or spring) garlic! They do look strangely similar! And you could make it with green garlic as I did (unwittingly), but it has a serious kick! Meanwhile, can’t wait to find real spring onions here (like scallions, but with more of a rounded bulb). May just have to grow them myself! And since green garlic season is in full swing, am currently working on some recipes to share soon 🙂

Onto the week’s menu… Wishing you a crisp, flavorful week.

Cheeses of the week: Following French tradition, I always offer a little bit of cheese at the end of every meal, between the main course and dessert. Rotation this week: Goat gouda, Comté (type of Swiss), Enoteki (sheep’s milk).

Desserts: At lunch, I offer a fruit yogurt (or plain yogurt with fresh fruit), but at night, I prefer sticking to plain yogurt (regular homemade* whole milk, sheep’s milk, goat’s milk and Greek yogurt for extra protein) to avoid too much sugar before bedtime.

If you would like a particular recipe on the menu, feel free to contact me! (I marked with a * the recipes that will be the topic of upcoming posts).

MONDAY

Lunch

Appetizer / Finger Foods: Pea, herb & spring onion salad above!

Main course: Smoked salmon, dill, endive tartine

Goûter (4pm snack) – Homemade chocolate pudding*

Dinner

Appetizer / Finger Foods: Oysters on the half shell

Main course: Roasted chicken thighs with clementines from Sassy Radish (we didn’t get to make it last week, had lobster brought back from Seattle instead!) +leftover sunchoke gratin dauphinois*

TUESDAY

Lunch

Appetizer / Finger Foods: Avocado

Main course: Trying this leek feta lemon quiche from London Bakes

Goûter – Apple compote

Dinner

Appetizer / Finger Foods: Turnip and turnip greens velouté*

Main course: Lamb chops, creamy carrots & rosemary baked in a parcel

WEDNESDAY

Lunch

Appetizer / Finger Foods: Authentic Greek salad

Main course: Duck breasts with braised pink radishes*

Goûter – Homemade chocolate pudding*

Dinner

Appetizer / Finger Foods: Cauliflower, green beans salad

Main course: Dover sole filets with micro broccoli puree

THURSDAY

Lunch

Appetizer / Finger Foods: Cucumber Feta rolls from Good Life Eats

Main course: Ham, quinoa

Goûter – Banana

Dinner

Appetizer / Finger Foods: Tomato, heart of palm, purple potato salad

Main course: Mushrooms stuffed with cream of sardines

FRIDAY

Lunch

Appetizer / Finger Foods: White asparagus in creamy tarragon sauce

Main course: Tuna steak baked in parcel with avocado and cilantro*

Goûter – Pear-blueberry compote

Dinner

Appetizer / Finger Foods: Artichoke soup, a recipe I found here

Main course: Pan fried skirt steak, & the Swiss chards with blood orange dressing from Vanilla Bean

SATURDAY

Lunch- OUT

Goûter – Kiwi

Dinner

Appetizer / Finger Foods: Leftover artichoke soup

Main course: Shrimp & lime over coconut rice

SUNDAY

Lunch – OUT

Goûter – Tangerine

Dinner

Appetizer / Finger Foods: Butternut leek soup

Main course: Oven roasted pork ribs, fingerling potatoes

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9 thoughts on “Crisp pea herbed salad, perfect for Spring!

    1. Ah yes, but they might redeem themselves with this salad 🙂 Everything just tastes better with a bit of vinaigrette on it…

    2. Made this tonight and OH WOW!!!!!!! I just, I mean, just, WOW!!!!! They were so incredibly delicious. Thank you!!!

    3. Thank you so much for the feedback on the recipe, it's always so good to hear! 🙂 So happy you enjoyed it!

  1. wow this just makes me pine for spring, all that wonderful gorgeous green. for a moment there I thought you used fresh peas and I had this little glimmer of hope, but alas, nah. haha. really loving pablo's menu this week, think I'm going to try making a couple off them if I can grab some time. have a good rest of the week helene! 🙂 x

    1. I wish I could get fresh peas! Pablo loves to shell them and eat them raw 🙂 The only time I've gotten them in LA was, oddly, not in the spring at all, more like early fall. These frozen ones cooked this way were amazingly plump and delicious though, I must say. A good week to you also, Shu Han, thanks for coming by:-)

  2. We have snow. Lots of snow! It's so wrong. This should be Spring. I shall look at your salad and think of Spring.

    1. Oh my goodness, just got some pictures from friends in Normandy, what a snowstorm! So surreal for us, having summer weather this week! Spring will be as enjoyable as it was long awaited! 🙂

  3. Delicious! My whole family loved this, including our 11-month-old who hand-selected each pea himself! Thanks Helene!

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