Sno Pea Shoots & Avocado Salad with Mandarin Orange Dressing

I have had a crazy week. Preparing for my upcoming program launch, working with my individual clients, teaching my nutrition class at NOVA…it’s Friday night I am beat.  The last thing I want to do is be creative in the kitchen.  While I was thinking about what to cook for dinner I realized that it was the 20th of the month and my recipe redux post was due on the 21st!  I didn’t even know what food was being reduxed much less have a plan for it. I ran to my computer to check the website.

“Spring Shoots.” Seriously? Who has shoots lying around in their kitchen?  You might think it’s nuts, but this girl did.  I bought them earlier that week at the H Mart.

I’m not kidding.  I had Snow Pea Shoots sitting in my fridge.

Aren’t they gorgeous?  They’re also healthy.  Chock full of vitamins A, B, C and E, calcium, chlorophyll, iron, magnesium, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, and protein.

Still not wanting to be creative, I remembered this awesome salad I tried at the salad bar at Whole Foods.  It was a light and airy salad consisting of edamame, some kind of sprouts, avocado, and mango.  Well, I didn’t have edamame or mango but I did have avocado.  I consulted my friend zesty cook and he suggested I improvise with what I had on hand.  Which was honeydew melon and mandarin oranges.

This is what I came up with.

Snow pea shoots, avocado, honeydew melon, and orange bell pepper salad with a mandarin orange vinaigrette.  Pretty fancy pants, huh?

I think it would be perfect with some edamame, but otherwise that, it was quite tasty.  I topped it with some sliced chilled chicken breast the husband gave rave reviews.  He rarely raves over salad.

Here’s the recipe if you ever encounter a snow pea shoot that needs fixin’.

Snow Pea Shoot & Avocado Salad with Mandarin Orange Dressing

For the salad

  • 1 large handful sno pea shoots
  • ¾ cup sliced honey dew melon
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • ½ orange bell pepper, chopped

For the dressing

  • Juice from 3 mandarin oranges (about 1/8 cup)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper

Combine salad ingredients in bowl.  Whisk together dressing ingredients.  Mix gently to combine.

15 replies
  1. EA-The Spicy RD
    EA-The Spicy RD says:

    Love this salad Danielle! Great improvisation too! I was a last minute ReDuxer as well, only I had to go to the store to buy leeks AND pea shoots too 🙂 Can’t wait to try this out!

  2. Margo DeGange, M.Ed.
    Margo DeGange, M.Ed. says:

    OMG, Danielle, I have to try this one. It looks so delicious, and I love that photo of the sno pea shoots, you can just see visually how much life they have in them. SOOOO good for you.

    I love mandarin oranges, avocado (which are readily available here in TX) and melon, so this one is definitely calling me by name!

    Thanks again!


  3. Shannon
    Shannon says:

    Yum. I had made a mango, avocado and cilantro salad last week but this looks even better. Being in the north mangos are sometimes difficult to find (at least ones that taste like they are fresh) so this is a great idea instead since melons are much more abundant.

    And my hubby loves any kind of sprouts! Will make this over the weekend for sure.

  4. Danielle Omar
    Danielle Omar says:

    Great, I hope you like it! You can certainly make it your own by adding in what you love!

  5. Cookin' Canuck
    Cookin' Canuck says:

    What a beautiful and fresh salad. In this heat, I want nothing more than a simple, flavorful salad. This would fit the bill perfectly.

    I’d love for you to share this recipe (and any of your other favorite avocado recipes) in the avocado link-up/giveaway that I’m hosting with Kristen of Dine & Dish right now.

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