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Sweet Pea, Mango and Mint Salad

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This sweet pea salad combined with the sweetness of mangoes, rests on a bed of watercress and mint and is the perfect accompaniment for any spring dinner. On its own, topped with burrata, it makes a perfect lunch!

Sweet Pea, Mango and Mint Salad

  • Yield: 4-6 Servings
  • Prep Time: 20 min


  • 8 oz fresh green peas, such as Sugar Snaps, English Peas or even Snow Peas
  • 10 oz shelled peas
  • 2-4 T fresh Chopped mint
  • 2 big handfuls of watercress
  • 1 mango sliced in thin slices
  • ½ c finely chopped red onion
  • Buratta or Goat Cheese (optional)
  • ¼ extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 T maple syrup
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • ¼ t kosher salt
  • ¼ t freshly ground pepper


  1. Combine all salad ingredients in a large bowl, except the cheese.
  2. Combine dressing ingredients and whisk together well.
  3. Add about ½ of the dressing to the salad and toss well. You will have some left over, but this dressing is great for other salads.
  4. Let this salad sit to absorb the dressing for about 30 minutes before serving!

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Before Spring passes us by, I must pass on this fabulous recipe for pea salad. I've always loved peas; whether it was the tiny LeSueur peas that came out of a can that my mom bought us as kids, or the green peas that came in the Swanson TV dinners. The only time I haven't liked peas is when the 4th grade boys used to shoot them across the cafeteria tables at the new chest ornaments adorning females of the same age. No, that was not fun; though they thought it was hilarious. I used to love growing peas in the garden. Those peas never made it to the dinner table though. They were always scarfed down straight from the vine; the best way to eat peas in my opinion. In my informative years fresh peas were hard to find, eating them involved opening the said can or breaking open the frozen little square boxes. Truly there is nothing wrong with the little square boxes. I actually always keep a box in my freezer for use in adding to fried rice or Chicken Vesuvio or this Greek 15 minute shrimp dish with feta. Peas are a great way to add color and texture to any dish.


Recently I discovered that Trader Joes has fresh shelled peas in their produce section. I bought a bag and some fresh English Sugar peas as well. Upon coming home and discovering a mango needing a home, a little light bulb went off in my head and this salad was born. I made it to accompany crab cakes, but this salad could easily become a main course with the addition of some goat cheese or even a burrata. I must make it again just so I can do THAT! I love burrata maybe more than peas. Maybe more than chocolate, too. But this post is about peas.

And this post is about mint. (Got that Seyma?) I have a lot of mint growing in the garden and I love using it. This salad is a perfect receptacle for fresh green mint. Now I know some of you may not like mint, but I bet you still love those Peppermint Patties. And if you don't, well, I don't know you! Need a low cal peppermint patty? Just dip those leaves into melted chocolate and let them cool, and you have a great treat with little effort. My problem right now is keeping my garlic chives from taking over my mint!

This post is also about watercress. I love the peppery taste of watercress and it is also another green that shouts Spring to me! Combine the watercress with peas and mint and the sweetness of mango-oh my-and you have a salad that is happy. Well, if there is such thing as a happy salad. But I forgot to tell you about the dressing. I've used the dressing before on this cabbage salad. This dressing sings! Well, it doesn't really sing. But it will have you singing and figuring out all the ways you can use it. Yes, this salad is the perfect way to celebrate Spring and say hello summer!


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