I found the recipe for this salad many years ago online and have loved it ever since. I suppose you really need to like peas to enjoy this salad, so if you do, I hope you'll give this one a try. It is one of my favorite salads to serve in the spring/summer time.
The salad is made quickly, and is beautiful to look at. It is also easily taken along for picnics and potlucks and is still tasty after a couple of days in the refrigerator. Radishes, water chestnuts, and fresh sweet red pepper add great crunch and contrast to the bright green peas. The dressing is whisked together quickly and tastes fresh and light despite the mayonnaise. However, if you are watching your diet, feel free to use low fat mayonnaise in the dressing without compromising taste.
Crunchy Pea Salad
~makes 6-8 servings~
1 package (16 ounces) frozen peas, thawed
1 can (8 ounces) sliced water chestnuts, drained and chopped
1/2 cup radishes, diced
1 medium sweet red pepper, diced
1/2 cup red onion, diced
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
2 teaspoons poppy seeds
2 teaspoons lemon juice
Salt and Pepper to taste
In a large bowl combine the peas, water chestnuts, radishes, red pepper and onion.
In a small bowl combine the remaining ingredients. Pour over vegetables and toss gently to coat. Cover and refrigerate until serving.