Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez
Active Time
25 Mins
Total Time
25 Mins
Serves 8 (serving size: 1 cup)

This salad is absolutely chock-full of lovely green spring produce, with textures ranging from crunchy to creamy. You can make the zippy lemon dressing and blanch, drain, and chill the peas and asparagus up to 2 days ahead, but combine all the elements shortly before serving to preserve the color of the avocado and the crunch of the greens. Delicate pea tendrils or shoots would be spectacular here, but watercress makes a delicious peppery substitute. Though you may be tempted to use only one herb, we urge you to use both: The parsley adds a burst of freshness, and the mint contributes deep herbal goodness.

How to Make It

Step 1

Bring a large Dutch oven filled with water to a boil over high. Add green peas, asparagus, and sugar snap peas; boil until crisp-tender, about 3 minutes. Drain and rinse well with cold water; drain well.

Step 2

Whisk together shallots, oil, rind, juice, mustard, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Add blanched vegetables; toss well to coat. Add pea tendrils, parsley leaves, mint leaves, and cubed avocado; toss gently to combine.

Ratings & Reviews

Great for company

June 24, 2017
This salad makes a good amount, the presentation is pretty, it's delicious and it's not that time consuming. My husband is vegan and this makes a nice, hearty dish for him.


April 14, 2017
Hi, I'm looking to make this delicious salad, but am not a huge mint fan. Any suggestions on what to use instead?

Great flavors and a great crunch!

April 14, 2017
Great salad! I have already made this salad a few times and it is fantastic. The only thing I didn't use was the "4 ounces pea tendrils, pea shoots, or watercress (about 5 cups)" - instead I used arugula and it was perfect. For the reviewer who doesn't like mint, I would suggest just leaving it out (once I forgot to add it, and it was fine), however if you do like mint, it adds a nice interesting twist to the flavor. The sugar snap peas are outstanding in the salad, adding a nice crunch and a bit of sweetness against the lemon vinaigrette style dressing. Everyone who has tried it, loves it. You will too!!! 

Good recipe

April 20, 2017
Good salad and loved it.

Kamal's Review

April 20, 2017
I tried it and comes out very well and great salad!!!