By Jane Curran
Avocado, pea and courgette salad is a fresh summer dish that is so easy to make. This simple salad only takes a handful of ingredients and it so easy to make! Ribboned courgettes have lovely bite and give this salad an eye catching appearance too. If you’ve never prepared these before, all you have to do is peel off long strips using a vegetable peeler – easy as that! This avocado, pea and courgette salad celebrates the bountiful green veg that is available in summer. Courgettes are at their best in the summer months, and this recipe is the perfect way to showcase these simple summer veggies. You want to make sure your avocados are nice and ripe to make this salad work – when there are so few ingredients, it’s vital that they are at their best. To check if avocados are ripe, you can squeeze them gently to check they are slightly soft. You can also remove the stem at the top and if the flesh below is bright green then it’s ripe and ready to be eaten. If the stem won’t come out, then you know it’s definitely not ripe yet. Creamy, ripe avocado gives a luxurious feel to this green salad, and gives you a good dose of healthy fats too.
- Peel and stone the avocados, then cut them into chunks and toss in the lemon juice. Add to the rest of the ingredients. Gently mix everything together and season well. Scatter over the mint sprigs just before serving.
- 2 or 3 ripe avocados
- juice of 2 lemons
- 300g peas (if fresh, blanch; if frozen, just thaw)
- 200g courgettes, ribboned lengthways
- 3tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 2tbsp fresh mint sprigs
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