Snow pea and red pepper buffet salad - delicious crunch and colour
|Leafy salads are great but sometimes it’s nice to have a salad with a bit more crunch and colour, which is just what this salad offers. |
For my mom and dad’s 40th wedding anniversary we managed to pull off a big surprise party, in their house, no less.
Conveniently, we had the re-enactment of the Paris Crew race in Renforth as a helpful decoy, a way to get mom and dad out of the house and reason enough for family from away to come home for the weekend.
Leafy salads are great but sometimes it’s nice to have a salad with a bit more crunch and colour, which is just what this salad offers.
We had the party partially catered and then we all pitched in with extra appetizers and salads. That was probably the last time I made this salad. For years it made the family party rounds and then was somehow forgotten, only to be rediscovered a couple of months ago in and old hand-written cookbook of mine from the early 1990’s.
I can’t recall the book it came out of but mom and I can both picture the salad, lovely and bright in a pretty blue pottery bowl on their dining room table.
As for the party, when mom and dad arrived home from the race to a yard full of cars they still didn’t suspect a thing. They assumed I had invited a bunch of friends over, until they caught a glimpse of an old family friend through the living room window.
Many who were at that party are no longer with us, a good reminder to celebrate now with family and friends, whether it’s your anniversary or not.
Snow pea and red pepper salad
- ¾ lb. snow peas
- ½ lb. mushrooms, sliced
- 1 small sweet red pepper, cut into strips
- 1 Tbsp. sesame seeds
Walnut orange dressing:
- 1 small clove of garlic, pressed
- ½ cup orange juice
- 2 tsp. molasses
- 3 Tbsp. cider vinegar or white wine vinegar
- 2 Tbsp. walnut oil (or olive oil)
- Pinch of salt and a few grinds of black pepper
- Top and string peas. Blanch peas in boiling water for 1 ½ to two minutes. Drain and rinse immediately under cold water. Dry thoroughly.
- In ungreased skillet over medium heat toast the sesame seeds until lightly browned, shaking the pan often
- Combine dressing ingredients in a jar with a tight fitting lid and shake until well combined (or whisk together in a bowl)
- Toss vegetables with dressing and sprinkle with the sesame seeds.
- Serve immediately.