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Posted: May 24, 2011

Tomato-Field Pea Salad With Garlic Mayonnaise


            Tomato-Field Pea Salad With Garlic Mayonnaise
Tomato-Field Pea Salad With Garlic Mayonnaise

Hands on time: 15 minutes  Total time: 20 minutes  Serves: 6



    1 1/2 cups shelled field peas (a mixture of 2 or 3 kinds is nice, but a single variety is good, too)
    Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground pepper
    6 cups ripe summer tomatoes (again, variety is good. I prefer a mixture of heirlooms, beefsteaks and cherries. Larger tomatoes should be cut into ¸-inch wedges, cherry tomatoes should be cut in half)
    1 small bunch fresh basil
    3 to 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    Garlic Mayonnaise to taste (recipe follows)

    Makes 1 3/4 cups-- Hands on time: 15 minutes-- Total time: 15 minutes

    1 tablespoon cider or white wine vinegar
    1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
    1 teaspoon kosher salt
    1 teaspoon dry mustard
    2 large egg yolks, preferably organic and free range
    1 1/2 cups peanut oil or light olive oil, or a combination of both
    2 tablespoons boiling water
    1 teaspoon garlic, shoot removed, chopped and rubbed to a very fine paste with a pinch of kosher salt


Blanch the field peas in a large saucepan of generously salted, rapidly boiling water for 3 minutes. Drain the peas and plunge them immediately into a bowl of salted ice water to stop the cooking and set the color of the peas. When well-chilled, drain thoroughly and refrigerate.
Just before serving, put the sliced tomatoes in a large mixing bowl. Season generously with salt and a few grinds of black pepper. Tear the basil leaves into rough pieces about 1/3 inch and sprinkle over. Add the refrigerated field peas and dress with extra-virgin olive oil to coat well. Taste carefully for seasoning and serve immediately with garlic mayonnaise drizzled over.

Combine the vinegar, lemon juice, salt and dry mustard in a nonreactive bowl and whisk until the salt and mustard are dissolved. Add the egg yolks and beat until smooth. Add the oil, drop by drop at first, and then in a slow, steady stream, whisking constantly until all the oil has been incorporated and you have a very thick emulsion.
Pour the boiling water over the garlic paste and let stand for 2 minutes. Whisk the garlic mixture into the mayonnaise. If mayonnaise is very thick, you may thin to desired consistency by whisking in a small amount of hot water.
You can make this up to 3 days before serving. It will keep longer, but the garlic flavor can become too strong, and eventually acrid.


Per serving, without Garlic Mayonnaise: 127 calories (percent of calories from fat, 50), 3 grams protein, 14 grams carbohydrates, 4 grams fiber, 7 grams fat (1 gram saturated), no cholesterol, 38 milligrams sodium.

Per tablespoon: 110 calories (percent of calories from fat, 99), trace protein, trace carbohydrates, trace fiber, 12 grams fat (2 grams saturated), 15 milligrams cholesterol, 68 milligrams sodium. 

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