Cucumber and Pea Salad

IMG_7961I’m not sure about you, but my children struggle with composed salads – they’re fine with lettuce, cucumber etc. but as soon as I make a pretty plateful of mixed salad ingredients they shy away. I can totally understand that some salads can be challenging, but such is my love of eating any kind of salad that I keep on trying – they will one day love them too, I hope!

Anyway, I think a good starting point as to be unchallenging vegetables that are usually enjoyed, where they’d be tempted to at least to try a little (I could at this point mention ‘ratatouille-gate’ which has become part of family folk lore – I served Big S some ratatouille when she was about 2 and a half – she hated it so much that she has never forgotten the mushy tomatoey experience!!). I think most children enjoy peas and cucumber, so that’s the basis of this recipe. D and I love it, the girls actually said it was ‘quite nice’ – result!!

Pea and Cucumber Salad (dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, soya-free, sesame-free, gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan)

IMG_7962serves 4

  • 2 cups of frozen peas
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1 tbsp chopped chives
  • 1/2 bag fresh pea shoots
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

– Place the frozen peas in a bowl and pour over a kettle of boiling water, set aside for about 5-10 minutes to thaw
– Halve the cucumber length-wise, scrape out the seeds with a spoon and cut into fine half moons
– Whisk together the oil, vinegar and seasoning. It has to be very sharp to ouster the sweetness of the peas.
– Drain the peas, combine with the cucumber, chives and dressing.
– Toss well. Taste and add more vinegar or seasoning as required
– Arrange the pea shoots on a platter, pile the cucumber and peas on top, using any remaining vinaigrette to dress the leaves around the edges.
– Sprinkle over a few more chives and serve.


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Welcome. I'm a Cordon Bleu trained chef and mother with a passion for cooking vegetarian food. All recipes featured here are dairy, egg, and nut-free, thus 'accidentally' vegan, as my children are allergic to those. My aim is to recreate any dish, even what seems impossible, but free of the ingredients we can't have, and log my exploits here. Please browse what is now several hundred recipes. All the recipes posted (unless stated) are my own creations.

8 thoughts on “Cucumber and Pea Salad

  1. well i never… this reads great! and i have a half a portion of cucumber in the fridge.. was wondering what was going to happen to it…

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