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Friday, January 8, 2021

Winter Pea Salad Plate with Tomatoes and Cashews

Winter Pea Salad Plate with Tomatoes and Cashews is a fresh breath of air, in winter! This delicious salad calls for frozen peas, which is perfect, because good quality frozen peas are available year-round, but always in winter! Salads are equally important in winter, so they better be worth eating, and I can tell you that Winter Pea Salad Plate with Tomatoes and Cashews is so worth eating!

We don't follow the food pyramid, we just don't. What we do follow is a healthy eating plan, and if I need to I can always do a quick mental checklist and make up for what we might have missed at breakfast and lunch, at dinner time. Our list goes something like this...

  1. Whole grains over, processed flour. 
  2. Whole milk and/or milk products such as cottage cheese and yogurt. 
  3. Full fat mayo, real butter, olive, and avocado oil.
  4. Eggs once or twice a week in addition to those used in cooking. 
  5. Legumes at least once a week, MORE if possible*.
  6. Honey-sweetened food whenever possible, low consumption of sugary foods. 
  7. Meat, fish, or fowl in appropriate serving sizes. 
  8. Lots and lots of vegetables! Build the meal around vegetables, then fruit.
  9. And finally, something raw, something fermented, and something new. 

The above list is pretty standard for many homes, which I appreciate! I believe feeding your family well is the first act of caring for them, joining them in that process is love! 

But I had come to be in a food rut, and I knew I had to get out! And get out fast, because my own health was changing. Natural changes that come with aging (yikes!) and then of course changes that come about due to illness or damage, such as a broken bone, ulcers, or surgery. 

Health is wealth, eat more vegetables like this Winter Pea Salad Plate with Tomatoes and Cashews!

When life throws you a hard curveball, nutrition is even more important...I did in fact find myself on the receiving end of a hard and fast curveball about 4 years ago. So I made some changes, and I am loving the changes in my health, the health of my family and our overall well being collective.

Was it easy? NO! Was all the food that I cooked tasty? NO! Did I quit? Oh, heck NO! 

I kept going because health is wealth and you don't even have to go anywhere to open an account! I also learned good food is really quite easy. Just take a few quality ingredients, combine them with care, liven up the taste if needed, and don't be afraid to experiment. Because it is always about the food! You must make food people want to eat, and that my friends, is not difficult!

This salad came about during those days, and it is really so good, I couldn't wait to share it here. Yes it does call for a frozen product from the market, but I would like to clarify that foods frozen at their peak are much more nutritious than those in cold storage, so don't pass up a quality frozen vegetable or fruit. Feel free to use your own homegrown and frozen peas as well, they will only make Winter Pea Salad Plate with Tomatoes and Cashews even more delicious! This salad has enough nutrition to be a main dish salad or perfect on the side anytime!

Ingredients needed for this recipe:
  • frozen peas
  • onion or our favorite quick pickled onions
  • celery
  • parsley
  • diced ham
  • diced cheddar cheese
  • mayonnaise
  • sour cream
  • garlic salt
  • fresh ground pepper
  • Angostura Bitters
  • hard-cooked eggs
  • Roma tomatoes
  • cashews
You will also need the following:
  • measuring spoons
  • kitchen knife
  • cutting board
  • measuring cups
  • large mixing bowl
  • silicone spatula 
  • whisk
  • small mixing bowl
  • serving platter
Now you are ready to begin!

Winter Pea Salad Plate with Tomatoes and Cashews, winter salads are so delicious!
Winter Pea Salad Plate with Tomatoes and Cashews.

Winter Pea Salad Plate with Tomatoes and Cashews
by the seat of my pants

2 c frozen peas - thawed (10oz pkg)
1/2 c diced celery (use the tender inner ribs if possible)
1/2 diced ham
1/2 c diced cheddar cheese
1/4 c diced red onion or our favorite pickled red onion

1/4 c sour cream
1/4 c mayonnaise
1/8 t garlic salt
fresh ground pepper
heavy dash of Angostura Bitters

2 Roma tomatoes - quartered lengthwise
2 hard-cooked eggs - diced
1/3 c coarsely chopped flat-leaf parsley
large handful of salted cashews

In a large bowl, combine peas, celery, ham, cheddar cheese, and onion pieces. Toss gently and set aside.

In a small bowl, combine sour cream, mayonnaise, garlic salt, pepper, and the bitters. Whisk together until smooth. Pour over pea mixture, and fold the dressing into the vegetables.

Arrange on a serving platter, add tomato pieces, diced egg, parsley, and cashews. Cover and chill until serving time.

Winter Pea Salad with Tomatoes and Cashews, winter salads are delicious!
Winter Pea Salad with Tomatoes and Cashews

*legumes can be difficult for even the best tummies to handle. Legumes are like whole grain, they require special techniques for better digestibility. I am working on these skills as you read this, my desire to be healthy is strong! Plus I am an eater, I love good food, and legume-based recipes are a part of that enjoyment. 

Recipe featured at: 
Winter Pea Salad with Tomatoes and Cashews is featured at the 21st Century Housewife!
Scratch Made Food! & DIY Homemade Household is featured at the Hearth and Soul link up!

Winter Pea Salad with Tomatoes and Cashews is a featured recipe at Miz Helen's Country Kitchen!
Scratch Made Food! & DIY Homemade Household is featured at Full Plate Thursday Blogger Link-up!



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  1. This looks amazing. I pinned. The only thing I would leave out is the nuts, due to an allergy.

    1. Thank you! By all means, customize for your own tastes! Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it.

  2. That winter salad looks delicious!

    1. Thanks so much! And everything is readily available, making eating healthy fairly simple. Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it!

  3. Lovely combination of flavors in your colorful salad.

    1. Thanks so much! I hope you give it a try, adjusting for personal food tastes and options. Have a wonderful week ahead.

  4. A very colorful and delicious looking salad. A perfect meal in itself.

    1. Thank you! I hope you enjoy this salad as much as we do! Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it! Have a great week ahead.

  5. I like both the pea salad and your list. Pretty close to mine. I love your recipes - so simple and healthy. Thanks for sharing at the What's for dinner party. Hope the rest of your week is joyful!

    1. Thank you! And you are welcome, I truly enjoy visiting your blog!

  6. Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Please stay safe and healthy. Come party with us at Over The Moon! Catapult your content Over The Moon! @marilyn_lesniak @EclecticRedBarn

  7. You've shared some wonderful advice in this post, Melynda and your salad looks delicious! It's very nutrient dense as well. I'm a huge fan of frozen fruit and vegetables, and I love how you have used them here. Thank you for sharing and for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party Community. I’m featuring this post at the party this week. Take care, and I wish you a wonderful week!

    1. Thanks for the feature, April! I appreciate your hosting over at Heart and Soul! Have a wonderful week ahead.

  8. Congratulations! Your awesome post is featured on Full Plate Thursday, 520 this week. Thanks so much for sharing it with us and you have a great week!
    Miz Helen

    1. Thank you Miz Helen! I appreciate your hosting Full Plate Thursday!


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