Carrot pea mint salad recipe

This is a guest recipe from a husband and wife powerhouse: Jeff is an James Beard nominated food photographer, having shot an array of top notch cookbooks. Susie is the author of  Return to Sunday Supper food blog featuring recipes that I know your family will love.  Please welcome Susie and her clean, light and refreshing Carrot, Pea and Mint Salad. ~Jaden

carrot pea mint salad recipe

I’m Susie Kauck, and I started my blog, Return to Sunday Supper, because I want to emphasize the need for a significant, celebrated, face-to-face meal shared by family and friends at least once a week.  What better way to add value to our lives than to join together around a weekly meal that brings family and friends closer?

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This week I have been thinking about the simple pleasures of the bounty of spring and that inspired this lovely salad.  It’s simple, beautiful, and easy to prepare.

I think that I love carrots because I can vividly remember the charming illustrations of carrots in the Beatrix Potter stories from when I was a child.  My favorite way to eat them them then and now was raw….just like Peter!  Of course, if you eat them uncooked they retain all of their wonderful nutrients…just one more reason to love this salad.



Fresh Carrot, Pea and Mint Salad Recipe

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Servings 4


For the salad:

  • 4 large carrots, washed, trimmed and peeled (about 1 pound)
  • 1/2 cup of fresh (shelled) or frozen peas (defrosted)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh mint, torn or cut with scissors into small pieces
  • pea shoots for garnish, if you like

For the Vinaigrette:

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (or grape seed oil for a lighter taste)
  • 1 lemon
  • 3 sprigs mint
  • 1 teaspoon honey (optional) if you like sweeter vinaigrette
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • For this salad you can use a mandoline slicer or a grater (manual or food processor). Slice carrots lengthwise using a mandoline slicer or grate them. Keep sliced carrots in a bowl of ice water and drain them before assembling salad. Blanch fresh peas in boiling water for 2 minutes. Drain and immediately immerse peas in ice water for two minutes to stop the cooking process, then drain. If using frozen peas, you can just defrost them. Arrange carrots on individual salad plates. Top with peas. Right before serving, sprinkle with chopped mint.
  • For the Vinaigrette: Crush 3 sprigs of mint and add to the olive or grape seed oil. Leave the mint in the oil for 10 minutes then remove the mint. You will now have mint infused oil. Zest the lemon first, then squeeze to render 1 teaspoon zest and 2 tablespoons juice. In bowl whisk together oil, lemon juice, zest, honey (optional), salt and pepper. Drizzle dressing over salad, garnish with pea shoots if you like, and serve immediately.


Recipe by Susie Kauck, Return to Sunday Supper
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