I have had a crazy week. Preparing for my upcoming program launch, working with my individual clients, teaching my nutrition class at NOVA…it’s Friday night I am beat. The last thing I want to do is be creative in the kitchen. While I was thinking about what to cook for dinner I realized that it was the 20th of the month and my recipe redux post was due on the 21st! I didn’t even know what food was being reduxed much less have a plan for it. I ran to my computer to check the website.
“Spring Shoots.” Seriously? Who has shoots lying around in their kitchen? You might think it’s nuts, but this girl did. I bought them earlier that week at the H Mart.
I’m not kidding. I had Snow Pea Shoots sitting in my fridge.
Aren’t they gorgeous? They’re also healthy. Chock full of vitamins A, B, C and E, calcium, chlorophyll, iron, magnesium, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, and protein.
Still not wanting to be creative, I remembered this awesome salad I tried at the salad bar at Whole Foods. It was a light and airy salad consisting of edamame, some kind of sprouts, avocado, and mango. Well, I didn’t have edamame or mango but I did have avocado. I consulted my friend zesty cook and he suggested I improvise with what I had on hand. Which was honeydew melon and mandarin oranges.
This is what I came up with.
Snow pea shoots, avocado, honeydew melon, and orange bell pepper salad with a mandarin orange vinaigrette. Pretty fancy pants, huh?
I think it would be perfect with some edamame, but otherwise that, it was quite tasty. I topped it with some sliced chilled chicken breast the husband gave rave reviews. He rarely raves over salad.
Here’s the recipe if you ever encounter a snow pea shoot that needs fixin’.
Snow Pea Shoot & Avocado Salad with Mandarin Orange Dressing
For the salad
- 1 large handful sno pea shoots
- ¾ cup sliced honey dew melon
- 1 avocado diced
- ½ orange bell pepper chopped
For the dressing
- Juice from 3 mandarin oranges about 1/8 cup
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- Salt and pepper
Combine salad ingredients in bowl. Whisk together dressing ingredients. Mix gently to combine.