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Pea and Mint Relish

Yield Makes about 3/4 cup
This relish looks like guacamole, so the mild, fresh flavor of peas and mint is a surprise. Prep and Cook Time: about 25 minutes. Notes: You'll need about 1 lb. pea pods for 1 cup shelled peas. You can make the relish ahead and chill it for up to 2 hours.


  • 1 cup fresh shelled peas (see Notes)
  • 2 tablespoons packed fresh mint leaves
  • 1 tablespoon chopped seeded fresh red or green Fresno or jalapeño chile
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Nutrition Information

  • calories 42
  • caloriesfromfat 52 %
  • protein 1.5 g
  • fat 2.4 g
  • satfat 0.3 g
  • carbohydrate 4 g
  • fiber 1.5 g
  • sodium 2.7 mg
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg

How to Make It

  1. Blanch peas in a saucepan of boiling water for 30 seconds, drain, and transfer to a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking. Drain and pat dry.

  2. Whirl mint in a food processor to finely chop. Add peas, chile, olive oil, and lemon juice. Pulse until finely chopped. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

  3. Note: Nutritional analysis is per 2 tablespoons.

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