Recipe by COOKGIRl
Printed on the back of a package of Oregon-based Stahlbush Island Farms' organic frozen green peas. Spiffed up, elaborated and updated by your hostess CG (the vegetables were hiding under two cups of mayo the poor dears!) If you don't like bell peppers, use another vegetable: cucumbers or carrots as an example. A delicious vegetarian bacon we like is this recipe: Bacon With a Vegan! by Sharon123. Grana padano or pecorino romano cheese would make an excellent substitute for the Parmesan, too! But please, for best quality and flavor *no* pre-grated cheese. For presentation, you will need a trifle bowl or similar; or a large platter will work fine.
- 1 head lettuce, shredded (a crisp variety like iceberg or romaine hearts)
- 1 cup chopped celery & leaves
- 1 large bell pepper, seeded, membrane removed and cut into small chunks (if available, use a variety of colors ( orange, red, yellow, purple)
- 4 green onions, sliced (use purple-green onions if you can find them-look for them in farmers' markets.)
- 10 ounces frozen green peas, thawed (if you have on hand fresh garden peas or snap peas by all means use them!)
- 1⁄2 cup mayonnaise
- 1⁄2 cup sour cream or 1⁄2 cup softened cream cheese
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
- milk, buttermilk (or milk substitute) or cream, to thin (or milk substitute)
- salt and black pepper, to taste
- 2 -3 tablespoons minced fresh herbs, of your choice (optional)
- 1⁄2 cup parmesan cheese
- 2 slices vegetarian bacon, cooked and cut into small pieces (for the bacon lovers, okay to substitute regular bacon)
Directions See How It's Made
- Wash the lettuce well before shredding then dry well in a salad spinner.
- In a trifle bowl or on a large platter, arrange the lettuce, celery, bell pepper, and green onions in that order.
- For the top layer add the thawed green peas (frozen or partially thawed green peas okay if not serving immediately).
- Cover and chill until ready to serve.
- Combine the dressing ingredients in small non-reactive bowl. Use the milk or milk substitute to thin to desired consistency. Best prepared 1 hour in advance of serving for best flavor.
- Just before serving, sprinkle the top of the salad with cheese (either grated, cubed small, or shaved-your choice).
- Garnish with the bacon bits. Serve dressing on the side.
- Servings are estimated.