Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Pea Pod Salad with Radishes, Basil and Ricotta Salata

Pea Pod Salad with Radishes, Basil and Ricotta Salata
As shared from the kitchen of Once Upon a Plate by Mari
4 servings
This salad is best served shortly before serving so the basil stays bright and pea pods and radishes crisp.

3/4 cup thinly sliced radishes
1 1/4 cups (approximately) fresh pea pods
4 ounces ricotta salata cheese (about 1 cup)
1/3 cup basil leaves, torn (more or less to taste)

1 clove garlic, minced
pinch of kosher salt, or more to taste
1 Tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Freshly ground pepper, and coarse salt, to taste.

First make the dressing: Using the flat side of a knife make a  paste of the salt and garlic, place in a small bowl and add balsamic vinegar and lemon juice; stir well to combine thoroughly. Drizzle in the olive oil, whisking or stirring constantly, add salt and pepper to taste.

Toss the pea pods, radish slices together in a large bowl. Just before serving drizzle with the dressing and toss to coat evenly. Sprinkle the ricotta salata and basil leaves over, and toss again gently. Serve right away.