Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Persephone Pea Salad

Persephone was the goddess of spring. She had been stolen away by Haides and carried to the underworld as his bride. Her mother Demeter searched for her the throughout the world. When she learned that Zeus had conspired in her daughter's abduction she was furious, and refused to let the earth fruit until Persephone was returned.
Zeus consented, but because the girl had tasted of the food of Haides: she was forced to forever spend a part of the year with her husband in the underworld. Her annual return to the earth was spring. Everywhere the ground shot forth food. 
 

A sure sign of spring is salads. Especially this beautiful green pea salad bursting with flavor and bright spring tastes. Try this interesting take on the old fashioned pea salad and light up your luncheons.



Ingredients:
1 (16 ounce) package frozen sweet peas, thawed and uncooked
1 cup ham, cooked and chopped
½ cup chopped red onion
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (can use any kind of cheese)
¼ teaspoon black pepper + ½ teaspoon salt
½ cup celery, chopped
½ cup mayonnaise
1 5oz carton of plain Greek style non-fat yogurt
1 lemon (zest & juice)
2 eggs, hard boiled and chopped

Directions:
Do your cutting: cut the onion and celery into pieces about the same size as one of the green peas. Zest the lemon and juice it into a small bowl.
 


Combine uncooked, thawed peas, ham, onion, and celery in a large bowl. Stir in the cheese, pepper, and salt.




Mix in the mayonnaise and yogurt in a medium bowl with mustard, lemon zest and juice. 


Stir in until well mixed and cover with plastic wrap. Place in refrigerator for a couple of hours.




Just before serving, stir again and top with bits of hard cooked egg.
Makes 6 to 8 servings. Enjoy.



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