Sesame Garlic Snap Pea Salad

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I’ve had a lot of requests for this lately when we have a barbecue. The crisp beans are a refreshing balance for smoky, spicy pork ribs or a perfectly charred sirloin.

The toasty sesame dressing gets its sweetness from a drizzle of seasoned rice wine vinegar—and of course, from the peas themselves. Turkish Aleppo chili flakes add a tiny bit of bite, but not too much heat.

Sesame Garlic Snap Pea Salad

1 lb. fresh sugar snap peas
6 Tbls. toasted sesame oil
2 tsp. seasoned rice vinegar
1 tsp. Aleppo chili flakes
1 clove of garlic, mashed
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. sesame seeds

Put the snap peas in a medium bowl or a gallon size zip-top bag.

In a small bowl, whisk together the sesame oil, rice vinegar, chili flakes, garlic, and salt. Taste and adjust seasoning if you’d like it a little saltier, etc.

Pour dressing over the snap peas and toss to coat well. Sprinkle on sesame seeds and toss again to distribute them.

Keeps well in the fridge for a day. Serves about 4 as a side salad.

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Jessie Cross is a cookbook author and creator of The Hungry Mouse, a monster online food blog w/500+ recipes. When she's not shopping for cheese or baking pies, Jessie works as an advertising copywriter in Boston. She lives in Salem, Massachusetts with her husband and two small, fluffy wolves.