First things first, this recipe came from the Today Show. Last week they were doing 30 minute healthy meals, once I saw this I thought about it several times. Peas are one of my favorite things ever and the idea of “mashy peas” looked and sounded great to me. They are English peas with lots of fresh herbs, lemon and olive oil in a food processor – yum. Why hadn’t I thought about this before?!
I made this last night for dinner and it is going to be one of my new regulars. Quick, fresh and delicious. Check, check, check.
Here is original recipe, http://m.today.com/food/recipe-easy-healthy-salmon-peas-herbs-has-spring-written-all-2D80560514
Here is our version –
Package of fresh or frozen English peas. Microwave as directed on package.. Today Show suggests we shuck our own and blanch them but they are crazy, no one has time to do all of that.
Throw the peas in the food processor and add some of your favorite chopped fresh herbs. I added chives, mint, flat leaf parsley and basil.
Next add –
Juice of 1/4 – 1/2 of a lemon depending how much lemon you like.
1/4 c. olive oil
1 clove of minced garlic (1 tsp.)
1 tsp. Salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Blend in the food processor for 10-20 seconds. Not long because you want your peas to have texture and not be actual mush.
Heat a cast iron skillet to medium- high heat. Pat salmon dry, lightly season the salmon with a teeny bit of kosher salt on both sides. Add the 2 tablespoons vegetable oil to skillet. Place the salmon, skin side up. Add lemon when you add your salmon, add at least 1/2 of a lemon to sear. Reduce heat to medium. Allow salmon to cook to a golden brown. After about 4 minutes, flip the salmon and finish cooking, about 5 more minutes.
Green Salad :
I couldn’t find pea shoots anywhere so I ended up making a little green salad using exactly the dressing for their said pea shoot salad. I added a few chopped, toasted pecans to the salad for a bit of crunch. I tried out a box of Baby Spring Mix with herbs and definitely recommend it! It was from Kroger and their brand.
To the greens I added:
– 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
– A drissle of extra virgin olive oil (1-2 tsp.)
-Pinch kosher salt
– Freshly ground black pepper
– A small handful of chopped toasted pecans (I had some that were spicy from Trader Joe’s in our pantry so that’s what I used. Pistachios or almonds would be great here too!)
Toss this and set aside until salmon is plated.
All of these Springtime flavors really are wonderful! I hope you enjoy as much as we did!