Pea Shoot, Pomegranate and Chevre Salad with Greek Yogurt Vinaigrette

This salad…is amazing.

I have been patiently awaiting the arrival of pea shoots in my CSA share.  And this is the week!  If you’ve never had pea shoots before, you are in for a treat.  Pea shoots are cut before the pea plants flower, or sometimes include the flowers, which are also edible.  Peas greens grow quickly and this is a way to enjoy the flavor of peas while the peas themselves are growing and ripening.

The stalks are tender crisp with the fresh flavor of sweet peas.  The leaves and tendrils are also tender and sweet.  They are perfection in this salad with the creamy goat cheese and tart pomegranate arils.  The Greek yogurt dressing might seem like overkill, but it works, even with the richness of the goat cheese.

This is the same vinaigrette I made for our Thanksgiving salad, which had dried cranberries in place of the pomegranate arils and baby salad greens instead of pea shoots.  Just so you know, if you can’t find pea shoots (though you should really try), you can substitute other greens.  Watercress would also work.

Pea Shoot, Pomegranate and Chevre Salad with Greek Yogurt Vinaigrette
 
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Tender pea shoots topped with sweet pomegranate seeds, tangy chèvre and a creamy Greek yogurt vinaigrette.
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Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • For Dressing:
  • 2 Tbsp. Greek yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp. white wine or white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. olive or canola oil
  • 1 Tbsp. agave nectar (or honey, to taste)
  • ¼ tsp. dried basil
  • pinch salt and pepper
  • For salad:
  • 8 oz. fresh pea shoots
  • ¼ to ½ cup crumbled chevre
  • ¼ cup raw pecans or walnuts, broken into pieces
  • ½ cup pomegranate arils
Instructions
  1. For dressing: Whisk the ingredients together. Taste and adjust seasonings as necessary.
  2. For Salad: Layer pea shoots, chevre, nuts, and pomegranate arils onto serving plates or in a larger bowl. Drizzle with some of the vinaigrette and pass the remaining vinaigrette alongside.

7 Responses to “Pea Shoot, Pomegranate and Chevre Salad with Greek Yogurt Vinaigrette”

  1. Marina@Picnic at Marina December 3, 2012 at 10:35 pm #

    That salad sounds fantastic for a day like today: temperature is above 80F in December! :)

  2. Carrian Cheney December 4, 2012 at 4:44 pm #

    ohhhh, I’m totally digging this one. Love that dressing my dear

  3. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen January 10, 2013 at 9:13 am #

    What a gorgeous salad. I just picked up some pea shoots the other day as well!

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