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Peas and Carrots Salad with Goat Cheese and Almonds

Peas and Carrots Salad with Goat Cheese and Almonds

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Peas and Carrots Salad with Goat Cheese and Almonds

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About This Recipe

Yield:Serves 4
Active time:15 minutes
Total time:20 minutes
Special equipment:Food processor
This recipe appears in: Vegetarian: Peas and Carrots Salad with Goat Cheese and Almonds

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces fresh goat cheese
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 teaspoon zest and 2 teaspoons juice from 1 lemon
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 pound baby carrots, trimmed and peeled, handful of tender fronds reserved
  • 1/2 pound fresh shell peas, shucked
  • 1/2 pound sugar snap peas, string removed, cut on a bias into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons toasted pumpkin seed or walnut oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 1/2 cup Marcona almonds, toasted and cut in half
  • 4 teaspoons honey

Procedures

  1. 1

    Combine goat cheese, 2 tablespoon olive oil, and lemon zest in the bowl of a food processor. Process until smooth, about 15 seconds, scraping down sides as necessary. Season with salt and pepper and transfer to a small bowl. Store at room temperature until ready to use.

  2. 2

    Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and prepare an ice bath. Working with one vegetable at a time, blanch carrots, peas, and snap peas until just tender, about 3 minutes for the carrots and 2 minutes each for the peas and snap peas, transferring each to the ice bath to chill after blanching. Transfer chilled vegetables to a rimmed baking sheet lined with a clean kitchen towel or paper towels to dry carefully.

  3. 3

    Combine mustard and lemon juice in large bowl. Slowly whisk in remaining tablespoon olive oil and 2 teaspoons toasted pumpkin seed or walnut oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Add dried vegetables and toss to coat.

  4. 4

    To serve, smear some goat cheese onto each of four serving plates or one large platter. Top with salad. Sprinkle with toasted almonds. Drizzle with honey and a bit of toasted pumpkin seed or walnut oil. Rub carrot fronds in any dressing remaining in bowl and use to garnish. Serve immediately.

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