Assorted lettuces and edible flowers

Lotsa lettuce. Lotsa peas. Don’t feel like turning on the stove. A salad would be nice. What kind of dressing should I use?

I’m scared to google ‘peas and lettuce salad‘ for fear of confronting the dreaded ‘M’ word – mayonnaise. Raw egg yolks and oil. Blech. Double blech.

I google it anyway, and the second hit on the list is Meeta’s Peas and Lettuce Salad @ What’s for Lunch, Honey?.

Yes, that’s what’s I’m looking for ‘cos I know Meeta doesn’t like mayo either. Plus, she’s a dear friend and this month it’s her blog that’s featured at Zu‘s Tried and Tasted event.

I was hoping I didn’t encounter some strange ingredient like ‘quark’ or ‘butter oil’, :D but this time she used sour cream. We didn’t have sour cream and deviated a great deal from the original recipe, but we loved it anyway.

We used an assorted blend of lettuces that we grew, including a ‘gourmet salad blend’ and some romaine.

Plus some black olives, red peppers, oranges and boiled peas – about 1/2 cup each.

We cooked 1/2 cup shelled peas partially covered with 2 tbsp of water in the microwave for 4 minutes, then dunked them in iced water. It is important to cover them. Else, they will explode and fly around.

While we shelled the Wando and Green Arrow Peas we love to eat the Bush Peas whole. They have juicy tender skins and are very sweet, like sugar snap peas. They were wonderful eaten raw, dipped in the dressing.


Use homemade Dijon-style mustard if you can. It tastes WAYYYYY better than store-bought, and is so very easy to make.

1 cup organic low-fat Greek-style (thick) yogurt
1 tablespoon Dijon-style mustard, preferably home-made
2 tsps lemon juice
1 tsp lemon zest
1 clove garlic mashed to a paste
1 finely chopped shallot
salt and pepper to taste

Mix everything and drizzle on the salad just before serving, or serve on the side.

Peas and Lettuce Salad, inspired by What’s For Lunch, Honey? is our entry for Tried and Tasted at Zlamushka’s Spicy Kitchen.

- Bee

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  1. Latha says:

    gorgeous pictures! And the salad looks interesting…

  2. Cham says:

    Oh i love the dressing with Greek yogurt, the plate is perfect for summer days!

  3. sunita says:

    Absolutely love that dressing…gorgeous pictures…they always are :-)

  4. Anonymous says:

    Oh yummy is right, salads and veggies and no cooking, the perfect summer meal. I am going to try this dressing.

  5. OhioMom says:

    ….senior moment :) The above post is mine.

  6. Mamatha says:

    The salad looks like a rainbow on the platter. Gorgeous!

  7. nags says:

    have i told you yet how very jealous i am of ur lovely garden?!

  8. coffee says:

    No Kidding! I just switched off the TV and I watched lettuce and peas salad……. but hers was drenched in butter as always!

    Lovely greens!

  9. Rashmi says:

    Lovely, creamy dressing!
    While I do not dislike mayo, this looks wayyy more flavourful and healthier.

  10. Nirmala says:

    The additions of orange would take the salad to a different level right ? Great pics!

  11. enjay says:

    This is exactly what I needed. Thank you.

  12. arundati says:

    wonderful salad…comes at a time when i am contemplating starvation or salad!! am soaking the mustard now to make homemade dijon(ish) mustard!!

  13. Sunshinemom says:

    For the umpteenth time – I love your garden!

  14. Meeta says:

    now that does look grand. And nothing like the original. I think I have to give that dressing a go! Sounds yum!

  15. Dee says:

    Looks great bee, I have one question though, how do you cut the oranges in circles ??? silly but I’d like to give it a shot…

    peel it like this and cut it into circles.

  16. Raaga says:

    I think there’s also this no cooking event somewhere :-)

  17. aa says:

    Your bounty is a delight to behold – whatta sight for sore eyes!

  18. Uma says:

    What a refreshing salad! I love the pic of fresh green peas. Awesome.

  19. NĂºria says:

    Yes, it’s too hot for oven or stove cooking! But I always end up in the kitchen with the fan on and cooking something!!! Will be nice to have a simple and fresh salad like yours for a change :D

  20. sagari says:

    pics look soo beautiful and freshhhh

  21. I belong to the “No Mayo movement” too.Somehow I think it a unhealthy thing to eat.I wish I could think of some other food like I do Mayo.Very nice salad and I like that you grow them yourselves. Good job and enjoy the returns.

  22. Shreya says:

    Beautiful pictures.. refreshingly green and healthy! like the salad:-)

  23. Oye, quark isn’t strange at all!! One taste and you will be looking all over for it. Since I eat a lot of salads, I am always looking for new combis and this dressing looks perfect.

  24. Vaishali says:

    Oranges and olives…what a delightful flavor burst! The salad looks beautiful, and although I am a far less accomplished gardener, I daresay I understand the joys of eating the food you’ve grown yourselves.

  25. Bharti says:

    Pretty food! I really wonder how you grow all this food. Bless you guys, seriously. It’s wonderful.

  26. Laavanya says:

    Those baskets with the lettuce and edible flowers look so pretty.

  27. Jude says:

    So many beautiful pictures as usual. Nice light salads like this are perfect for summer.

  28. amar says:

    Exelent pcs, I just wacth this site only for beautiful pcs.

  29. Lakshmi says:

    ahaaa..such a lovely the last pic is from your garden right! Salad ingredients on that plate look so good!

  30. Zlamushka says:

    Oh, so many beautiful pics, I love the very first one. aaah, lovely summery post. Thank you guys once again for participating, I should try this and stop eating for once :-(

  31. Kaykat says:

    Rock! That dressing kicks ass! I’m not into a mayo-party, so this sounds perfect! Am thinking of making a parsnip/carrot salad (ala potato salad), maybe I’ll use this in it :)

  32. Mansi says:

    that looks simply divine! seriously guys, beautiful pics, and a very beautiful salad!

  33. farida says:

    sounds like a refreshing and flavorful salad. so summery!

  34. Madhuram says:

    Now please give me an answer, what are the plants you don’t have in your garden? Usually people will have a small garden around their house, I guess you have a small house in your GARDEN. Fabulous pictures.

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