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Toddler Treat: Snappy Pea & Pineapple Salad
by Cheryl Tallman and Joan Ahlers
Kids love sugar snap peas for the same reason adults do - they're crunchy, sweet and fun to eat! This is a delicious salad that's sure to be a hit at the dinner table or in the lunchbox. To bring out the incredible green color of the sugar snap peas, blanch them first. Blanching is simple cooking technique that adds eye-popping visual appeal to your veggies.
8 ounces fresh sugar snap peas
½ cup fresh pineapple, diced
1/2 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp brown sugar
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons store-bought teriyaki sauce
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
To blanch sugar snap peas: Place them in pan of boiling water for 2 minutes. With a slotted spoon, move them to a bowl of cold water and ice. Drain the peas when they are completely cold.
Make the dressing by whisking the sesame oil, brown sugar, vegetable oil, teriyaki sauce, and rice vinegar together. Combine the peas and pineapple in a salad bowl. Just before serving, toss with the dressing.
Variation: Add 1/2 cup cubed firm tofu or cooked chicken for a great lunch or light dinner.
About the author:
Cheryl Tallman is the co-founder of Fresh Baby, creators of the award-winning So Easy Baby Food Kit, available at many fine specialty stores, BabiesRUs.com, Target.com and national chains including Whole Foods Markets. Visit Cheryl online at www.FreshBaby.com for more delicious tips.
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