Pea Pod-Nectarine Salad

Pea Pod-Nectarine Salad

My dear friend Mara entrusted me to keep an eye on her daughters, Eva and Marina. I was engrossed in my latest recipe creation when I realized Eva was nowhere to be found. I seeked high and low only to discover her – guilty and merrily – munching away on my sugar snap vines.

Concern melted to consternation.  Hey wait – leave some for me. Dinner plans must be quickly altered if I wanted to have any of these seasonal goodies for myself.

If you’ve never tried sugar snaps, now’s your chance. Tables are packed with them at the Farmer’s Market and your local  grocery.

Nectarine slices have the same graceful shape as the sugar snap and their sweet, soft juiciness are the perfect counterpoint to the crunchy peas.

Recipe: Pea Pod- Nectarine Salad


  • 4 cups sugar snap peas, trimmed
  • 2 large ripe nectarines, washed, pitted and
  • thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey (or agave)
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds


  1. Bring a small pot of water to a boil. Blanch peas 15 seconds. Drain and rinse with icy cold water .
  2. Select a bowl large enough to accommodate the peas and nectarines. Whisk together ginger, orange juice,soy sauce, oil, honey and sesame seeds.
  3. Toss the dressing with the peas and nectarines to coat. Season salad to taste with salt and pepper. Serve at room temperature.

Time: 15 minutes

Number of servings (yield): 4

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