The Sweet Onion Source
Sweet Onion and Sugar Snap Pea Salad
with Toasted Sesame Seeds

Kids love sugar snap peas because they're sweet and they're crunchy. A natural thing to pair up with another sweet and crunchy vegetable, the sweet onion. Trust me, your kids and friends of all ages will scarf down this delicious offering.

bullet041 pound fresh sugar snap peas
bullet041 sweet onion, halved through its stem to root end, then sliced into half-rings
bullet04sesame oil
bullet04light salad oil
bullet041/4 cup toasted sesame seeds
bullet042 teaspoons commercially prepared teriyaki sauce
bullet04fresh cilantro, minced
bullet04finely minced fresh ginger
bullet041 tablespoon Oriental vinegar

Pare away the stem end from each sugar snap pea. I like to serve them raw, but if desired, you can blanch them briefly: place the peas in a large colander, then pour about 2 quarts of boiling water over them to just barely blanch the peas. Plunge the peas in cold water to set the color and stop the cooking, drain well and chill.

To assemble the salad, toss the peas and the sweet onions with a few spoons of sesame oil and light salad oil, then toss with the sesame seeds, teriyaki sauce, cilantro to taste (it depends on how much you like the flavor, start with a tablespoon, but you could use considerably more, if desired), and ginger. Just before serving, toss with the vinegar (You don't want to add the vinegar too soon or the acid will alter the beautiful color of the peas; coating them with oil first helps to delay the reaction).

© 2001. Jan Roberts-Dominguez

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