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Cucumber and Green Pea Side Salad

This cucumber and green pea side salad is a grown-up and highly nutritious take on that much-maligned vegetable from our childhood. It’s no wonder many of us refused to eat peas when we were children—they were never offered to us in such a crispy, fresh, and enjoyable way.

The green pea is a surprisingly powerful little food—it is high in fiber and a quality source of protein. (In fact, a 2015 study published in Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition found that a pea protein supplement was comparable to whey protein when it came to building muscle.) And compared to other vegetables (although, technically, the pea is as legume), it is quite high in protein. 100g of cooked carrots only contains 0.8g of protein, while 100g of peas contains 5.2g of protein.

On top of that, peas are full of antioxidants, carotenoids, flavonoids, polyphenols, and omega-3 fat. All in all, those little green peas offer a big dose of anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant nutrition.

And just trust us—if these little green guys weren’t your favorite growing up, give this cucumber and green pea side salad a try. We promise it will be an entirely different experience this time around.

Note: as mentioned, green peas are indeed legumes (like chickpeas, beans, and peanuts), so if you are avoiding legumes, you can still try this salad without the peas.

Cucumber and Green Pea Side Salad

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Servings: 4

Ingredients:

  • 8 cups mixed spring greens
  • 4 radishes, sliced thin
  • 1 cucumber, chopped
  • 1 cup green peas, shelled (preferably fresh, but frozen can work)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Goat cheese (optional, if you feel you tolerate goat cheese well)

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, toss the greens, radishes, cucumber, and sweet peas.
  2. Drizzle the olive oil and lemon juice over the salad. Toss again until thoroughly coated.
  3. Serve in one large bowl or portioned out into four individual bowls.
  4. If you feel okay eating goat cheese, crumble a little on top before serving.

Note: where your food comes from matters. Whenever possible, choose organic ingredients and purchase responsibly raised animal products (i.e. grass-fed beef, free-range chicken, hormone-free dairy, etc.)

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