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Monday, April 22, 2013

Light Green Pea Shoot and Dandy Meyer Lemon Salad

We went grocery shopping on Saturday, and while at Costco, I saw them! Yes! Dandy Meyer Lemons!!! Yay!!! Some people may wonder: What's a Dandy Meyer Lemon? Well... they are a wonderful thing! No, seriously, Dandy Meyer Lemons are a cross between a lemon and a mandarin orange. This unique fruit blends the traditional flavor of a lemon and the sweetness of an orange creating a refreshingly exceptional taste experience. After squeezing them, my hands smelled sooo citrusy for ever... Love them. It's rich, dark and aromatic juice is much sweeter than a conventional lemon making its distinctive flavor a favorite amongst gourmet cooks and dessert chefs. So I bought a bunch of them!
I also saw these great springy Green Pea Shoots so I also HAD to buy them :P
Pea shoots are the bright green tender young leaves of a pea plant. They taste faintly of fresh peas.  Personally I will tell you that they taste like spring!!! These are also super good for you, since they are very high in Vitamin K, which is important for blood clotting and other body processes. They are also full of Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and folic acid.
Green Pea Shoots
This was a match made in heaven... I had to make a salad with them. Let me show you a picture of them together, and yes, these are lemons, not oranges :)
Dandy Meyer Lemon - Green Pea Shoots

It takes literally only a few minutes to put this salad together, I simply pealed the lemons and then sliced them, add them to the shoots and then to give them a little boost I added a little bit of saffron, they did pair very well, also I added some wild flowers and my favorite nuts, hazelnuts for some crunch.
Since this is such a simple salad I went with a super simple dressing too, but I made a larger amount since we eat salads every day in our house.
Dandy Meyer Lemon Dressing
1/2 tsp of black pepper (more if desired)
2 tsp salt
1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 cup Freshly squeezed Meyer Lemon juice
1 tablespoon of honey 
Mix all ingredients into a container with secure lid, tighten lid. Shake vigorously until olive oil and lemon juice blend into one, after about 1 minute of shaking.
So here it is for you: Spring on a plate! Enjoy!

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