pea, broad bean and feta salad


this pea, broad bean and feta salad is scarily similar to a salad i made back in may. sorry for being so uninspiring but the key difference here, and the reason for posting details is the shallot dressing.

this punchy dressing has a kick that comes from both the mustard and the shallot. it is a great complement to the sweet, green flavours of the salad and the gentle creaminess of the feta. it’d also be nice over a potato salad.

pea, broad bean and feta salad (serves 4 as a side dish)

250g broad beans, podded

1 shallot, grated

½ teaspoon english mustard

75ml olive oil

45ml sherry vinegar

150 g mixed salad leaves – i used rocket, watercress and spinach

250g fresh peas, podded

200g feta, crumbled

blanch the broad beans until tender (about 5 minutes). drain them and remove the grey-green skins, revealing their bright greenness.

mix the grated shallot, mustard, olive oil and vinegar to make the dressing – taste it as you add the vinegar so you get the right balance of flavours.

assemble the salad, mixing the rocket with half the dressing then topping this with the green beans, broad beans, almonds, peas and feta. drizzle with the remaining dressing and scatter the mint over.