I found pea shoots at Whole Foods a few weeks ago and impulsively bought them. It is not unusual for me to buy unique food items to try in new recipes but I just wasn't sure about the pea shoots.
Their appearance was bright, fresh and very crisp looking. They were beautiful. This is what drew my eye to them.
I am trying so hard to eat more salads. I just get bored easily with the same salad ingredients that I have on hand. The pea shoots are a great addition to this simple yet elegant lunch salad. I thought that peas and pears would go well together visually, as well as, blend together to make a nice sweet bite. To counter the sweetness I added some sliced salami. I think proscuttio would also add a nice balance to the sweet fruit. I threw in some pistachios for crunch and blueberries to balance the color palette of the plate.
This is a recipe that doesn't need a recipe because it was literally thrown together for a quick lunch but when I saw it composed on the plate, I knew I had to share and take a few photos.
Enjoy this salad. I hope that you can find pea shoots in your neck of the woods. If not, I am sure any sprouted grain or sprout would work in place of the pea shoots.
Makes one salad
1 pear, sliced
1 handful of pea shoots, with bottoms trimmed
5-8 slices of salami
sprinkle of pistachios, shelled
sprinkle of blueberries, washed
Dressing: I used extra virgin olive oil and some lemon balsamic vinegar drizzled across the salad.
1. Arrange ingredients on your plate and then eat.
Easy, simple and beautiful.