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Tuesday 31 July 2012

Sluttishly Savoury: Pretty Pea Salad

Every now and then I crave mountains of salad, usually when I don't have any knocking about in the fridge or garden. This salad was born from one of those cravings, I had barely a handful of salad leaves and it needed bulking up, at this point I turned to my freezer and fruit bowl for inspiration and came up with this which is now my favourite seasonal summer salad right now.

Frozen peas are brilliant, I always have them in the freezer and chuck them in pasta, soups and salads all the time. Broad beans would be great in this too and adding some lovely feta or goat's cheese would be delicious. You can throw in whatever fresh herbs you fancy, they are dead easy to grow or really cheap to buy. Most of the herbs in my garden were all originally those little pot grown herbs from the supermarket that I've just cut then planted out.

You'll need:

  • a handful of salad leaves
  • 2 handfuls frozen peas
  • 1 ripe pear, sliced
  • half a red onion, finely sliced
  • fresh herbs such as fennel fronds, basil, mint, chives, chopped and edible flowers to garnish.
Make it!
Put your frozen peas in a jug and cover with boiling water, leave for about 30 seconds then rinse with cold water until the peas are cold again, drain and combine with the other ingredients. Drizzle with your favourite dressing and decorate with edible flowers if you fancy (I always do!).


  1. do we have a list or picture guide to edible flowers at all? I really love how pretty they look in your photos but I'm a little bit of a flower newbie.

    1. D'you think Nick would draw one for us?

      Borage, that's the only one I know. It's brilliant. You can buy it in the herby bit of Waitrose.

    2. yes! an illustrated guide to edible flowers. that would be perfect.

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    1. Try that again! This guide is really good as it has photos, not everything on there but a good starting point for the most common ones:


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