This recipe is extra easy for those lazy summer days in which we want something quick and refreshing. For those of you who are concerned with getting your protein, this salads is also a good way to get some lean protein during those hot days when meat seems… Yuck!
So what are pea shoots,anyway?
Pea shoots (or pea sprouts) are the low-calorie, low-fat, nutrient-dense young top leaves of any pea plant (such as snow peas and snap peas). They are traditionally used in Chinese and South Asian cuisine, either in salads or stir-fries.
A 2-cup serving of this nutritional powerhouse provides you with considerable amounts of vitamins A, B6, C and K, folate, thiamin and riboflavin. Of course, being a leafy green, they also have all that blood-cleansing clorophyll.
In this recipe, we also include the shrimp which bring some lean protein without bringing on the heat of cooked meats (especially when you add some fresh lemon juice!). In addition, the shrimp also provide all the minerals and essential fatty acids that come with seafood, such as selenium, phosphorous and zinc, and the anti-inflammatory Omega-3 fatty acids.
So, without further ado…
Simple Pea Shoot and Shrimp Salad
1 bunch of pea shoots
Cherry tomatoes to taste
Shrimp to taste
Dash of olive oil
Dash of lemon juice
Just combine and enjoy!