Summer Snap Pea Salad

I’m four days into my self imposed post birthday week detox; I have been drinking enough green juice to energize a sports team and eating mass amounts of fish, fruits and vegetables. As anyone would imagine, salad is a main feature during this detox. Why? First because it’s hotter than Hades in Edmonton and hot foods have lost most of their appeal- I’m sweating enough on my own thank you. And, secondly, because foods as close to their natural form, meaning as raw as possible, are an essential component of a successful detox.

This salad has been on very frequent rotation over the past four days- for various reasons; including its richness in vitamin C. Vitamin C is legendary because, not only is it a vitamin, but also an antioxidant; protecting our DNA structures from damage and therefore boosting immunity. And I know that when I come down from indulgence, I can sometimes fall ill; but not with this salad in tow!

Now, although this salad isn’t completely raw; the onion and snap peas can be blanched in advance, so that when the craving strikes, it’s only a matter of assembly. The reason that I blanche both the snap peas and the onions is to enhance the sweetness of the peas and reduce the sharp flavor of the onions. And apple cider vinegar makes for a delicious salad dressing; and boasts liver detoxification qualities too. The organic parmesan was simply because I needed something creamy; and I thought a skiv of cheese couldn’t hurt; and it didn’t. In fact it was exactly what this salad needed to round out all the flavors; making this one of the best detox salad recipes I’ve created in a while!

Serves 2

5 ½ oz sugar snap peas

½ onion, sliced into half moons

5 leaves basil, chiffonade plus extra for garnish

2 tsp olive oil

1 tsp apple cider vinegar

½ tsp salt

¼ tsp pepper

1 tsp grated organic parmesan

Bring a pot of water to boil; add the peas and cook for 1 minute. Remove with a slotted spoon and place in ice water. In the same pot of boiling water, add the onions; cook for 1 minute and strain; plunging them into ice water. Set aside.

In a bowl whisk the oil, vinegar, salt, pepper and basil together.

Drain the onions and peas and combine with the dressing. Garnish with the cheese.

What are your must have detox recipes?