Today’s side dish recipe was inspired, in part, by a pea salad recipe I fell in love with at a restaurant called Just Fresh.Â Ever heard of it?Â No?Â Well, that would be because The Chef and I have a knack for falling in love with things, including restaurants (or in this case, cafes), that are short lived, or at least in the area where we lived.Â They still have locations in another state.
Now this particular restaurant The Chef couldn’t have cared less about… but I loved it.Â And almost every time I ate there, I would have a chicken salad sandwich with their pea salad side dish option.
I looked all over the internet trying to find a copycat recipe or something that I thought would be close.Â I didn’t find anything for a while, until one day…. I stumbled onto one at SimplyRecipes.com!Â I honestly think it’s as close as I’m going to get.
But you’re married to a Chef.Â Right?Â Right.Â But here’s the problem with that.Â I did have him taste the pea salad once when we were eating there.Â But it has been so long ago that his taste buds seem to have forgotten.
The good news is the state that the Just Fresh restaurants are still open in is North Carolina!Â That’s where we both grew up and both of our families still live there.Â So there’s hope, right?Â The bad news is that when we go visit family in North Carolina we are usually pretty short on time and no one usually wants to eat there but me.Â And you want to know how much pull I have in that decision?Â Very little.Â Unless… it’s my birthday!Â Which may just be my solution.
But until then, I can settle for this pea salad!Â It’s delicious.Â It does have some different flavor elements, but in a good way.
And it’s super easy to make.Â The only difference in my recipe and the original is the onions and I left the black pepper out.Â She used green onions; I used sweet red onions.Â I like to use red onions whenever possible because of their health benefits and the Just Fresh pea salad had red onions in it.Â Did you know peas are also a superfood?
Oh!Â And almonds…. I totally forgot about the almonds, which makes 3 SUPERFOODS!!Â And they aren’t just any almonds either.Â They are smokehouse almonds, which I had never had before.Â The smokey flavor in them and the crunchiness of them give the dish a little bit of a “bacon feel” but much healthier than if it was bacon.
So even though it does have mayonnaise in it, I figure the inclusion of three superfoods sort of cancels out the negatives with the mayonnaise.Â Don’t you love my logic on that one.Â ;)Â Or… you could always experiment with some other types of dressings for it to make it totally healthy.Â If you do… be sure to come back and leave a comment.Â I would love to know what you did and give it a try myself.Â Without further ado…
Recipe: Cold Pea Salad
Slightly adapted from recipe at Simply Recipes
- 16-ounces frozen petite peas (do not thaw)
- 1/2 cup sweet red onion (or you could use a regular red onion), chopped
- 6 ounces smokehouse almonds (rinse off excess salt), chopped
- 8 ounces water chestnuts, chopped
- 2/3 cup mayonnaise
- 2 tsp yellow curry powder
- Salt to taste
- Combine frozen peas, green onions, almonds, and water chestnuts.
- In a separate bowl, mix together mayonnaise and curry powder.
- Gently fold mayonnaise mixture into peas. Add salt to taste.
Good next day but best eaten same day.
Original recipe used green onions instead of red and black pepper to taste.
Preparation time: 15 minute(s)
Number of servings (yield): 6
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