Sugar Snap Peas and Endive Salad

2010/09/09 § 3 Comments

Photo by Jennifer Dickert

This was my favorite salad of the summer.  The sugar snap pea season is likely over but if you are lucky enough to find them still, do go and make this in a hurry.  Discovered this at  ABC Kitchen and fell in love.

Crunchy and fresh with just that hint of  sweetness from the pea and bitterness of the endive.  It blended harmoniously with champagne vinegar and parmesan cheese.  I went straight to the farmer’s market in Union Square after this meal and bought copious quantities of sugar snap peas and feasted on them over the summer.  I’ve made my own version at home several times over.

Found the recipe at the NYMag  article by Robin Raisfeld & Rob Patronite.  Here it is:

“Dan Kluger’s Sugar-Snap-Pea-and-Endive Salad

For the Dressing:
1 cup Parmesan, grated
1/2 cup plus 1 tsp. Champagne vinegar
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1 1/2 tbs. Dijon mustard
1 tbs. kosher salt
1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 cup sunflower oil
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

For the Salad:
3 cups sugar snap peas
12 spears Belgian endive
12 spears red endive or radicchio di Treviso
1/4 cup Parmesan, grated
2 tbs. each parsley, chives, chervil, tarragon, finely chopped
Freshly ground black pepper to taste

For the Dressing:
Combine the Parmesan, vinegar, lime juice, mustard, salt, and pepper in a blender. Emulsify with the oils. Reserve. For the salad: (1) string the snap peas. Blanch for 30 seconds, and remove to an ice bath to cool. Dry the snap peas, and (2) slice into thin strips. To plate each serving: Place 1 Belgian- and 1 red-endive spear on a plate. (3) Top with a small mound of sliced snap peas, a drizzle of dressing, and sprinkle of cheese. Repeat twice using smaller endives each time. Sprinkle with herbs, and drizzle more dressing around the plate. Finish with black pepper. Serves 4. Save remaining dressing for another use. Adapted from Dan Kluger.”

Alas, the sugar snap pea season is too short.   Will have to wait for next summer for more of these yummy goodness.

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