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Samphire Salad with Shaved Asparagus and Peas

Samphire salad, a simple side dish that is light but packed full of bright fresh flavours, served warm it is delicious with a host of meals.

The preparation of this delicious salad takes around 10 minutes and “cooking” takes just 5 minutes, which makes it a fantastic simple side.

Warm samphire salad with peas, broad beans, shaved asparagus and lemon.

Green Spring Side Salad

This delicious and simple samphire salad with peas, broad beans and shaved asparagus is the perfect light and vibrant side for spring and summer.

It features the unmistakable flavour of samphire, yes it is expensive, but a little bit goes a long way!

Just like my pan-fried hake recipe, just 100g (or 1 cup) is more than enough to provide the dish with enough flavour to lift this simple salad.

It is best served slightly warm and both coking and preparation comes in at around 15 minutes. That includes removing the skin from the broad beans!

It is dressed with a little olive oil, lemon juice and a generous amount of freshly ground black pepper.

It’s the perfect introduction to this wonderful vegetable!

Overhead samphire salad with peas, broad beans and shaved asparagus.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is samphire?

Samphire is a “sea vegetable” that is found around the British coast. It has a delicious and unusually strong flavour for a green vegetable.

Flavour-wise it is salty and sour with a beautiful texture that is very similar to asparagus.

It is at its best from late spring through to the end of summer.

Can I substitute samphire with anything else?

Nope! Samphire is a unique vegetable when it comes to taste and nothing comes close!

Can I use frozen peas and beans?

Yes, please do! Quite often they are better unless your peas and broad beans are particularly fresh.

Do broad beans have another name?

Yes, broad beans are also known as fava beans in some parts of the world.

Do I have to take the skins off the broad beans?

Yes, the tough and leathery skin really is unpleasant to eat!

Close up samphire salad with peas, broad beans and shaved asparagus.

Serving Suggestions

This delicious and simple samphire, pea and broad bean salad is exceptionally good with fish!

It is particularly good with white flaky fish, whether it is baked cod in bread crumbs or even bacon-wrapped cod you are on to a winner.

But it ain’t just white fish, it is also superb with oily fish! I’ve served this with both pan-fried salmon and honey and mustard salmon with great results.

Oh, yeah… Don’t forget smoked fish, this is stunning with my smoked haddock fishcakes but they would be stonking with crab cakes too!

Another ingredient that works particularly well with this delicious salad is lamb. Whether it is a simply pan-fried Barnsley chop or something like my harissa lamb chops, it is divine!

Warm samphire salad with peas, broad beans, shaved asparagus and lemon.
Yield: 2 Servings

Samphire Salad Recipe with Shaved Asparagus

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This samphire salad features broad beans, peas and shaved asparagus in a side dish that goes from the pantry to your table in around 15 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 100g (1 Cup) Samphire
  • 250g (12-14 Spears) Asparagus
  • 150g (1 Cup) Garden Peas
  • 150g (1 Cup) Broad Beans
  • 1 (35g) Shallot
  • 1 Lemon
  • ½ Tsp Black Pepper
  • ¼ Tsp Salt
  • 3 Tbsp Olive Oil

Instructions

  1. If you are using frozen peas and broad beans defrost them by running them under cold water for 4-5 minutes.
  2. Peel the shallot and then dice it as finely as you can.
  3. Zest the lemon.
  4. Pop the broad beans out of their leathery skins, by making a small hole with your fingernails then squeeze out the bean.
  5. Snap the woody ends off the asparagus and discard them, then thinly slice the asparagus with either a mandolin or vegetable peeler.
  6. Heat the olive oil in a medium frying pan (24cm) over a medium heat.
  7. When the oil is hot add the shallot and cook stirring constantly for 2 minutes.
  8. Remove the pan from the heat and add the peas and broad beans and toss in the oil for a minute.
  9. Add the salt, pepper, lime zest, shaved asparagus and samphire, toss to coat in the oil and gently warm. The ingredients should not be getting hot at any time.
  10. Squeeze in the juice of half of the lemon, have a taste and add more salt, pepper and lemon juice if required before serving.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 310Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 488mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 12gSugar: 10gProtein: 13g

Calorific details are provided by a third-party application and are to be used as indicative figures only.

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