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Friday, June 29, 2012

Pea, Feta and Red Onion Salad - Summer Side Dish | Family Economics

By Erin

pea, feta and red onion saladRefreshing, simple, bold, balanced.

Those are the four words that best describe this summer side dish.

While this could certainly be made with raw red onions, it tastes 18 times better when you caramelize the red onions. They take on that sweet flavor from the sugar and oil during the caramelization process. And that sweetness brings out the sweet in the peas and is the perfect complement to the tang and pungency of the feta cheese.

This mix of flavors and textures make up the perfect summer side dish. Impress your guests or friends at your next backyard BBQ or potluck with this pea salad!

Ingredients

1 red onion, sliced
2 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 10-ounce package frozen peas
2 ounce crumbled feta cheese

Directions

In a medium skillet, add the sliced red onions with the olive oil and sugar. Heat the onions on medium high heat for 3-4 minutes, then reduce heat to low and let onions caramelize in the oil and sugar. Cook on low for another 20-25 minutes, stirring often.

Meanwhile, cook the frozen peas as directed. Drain off the hot water and rinse with cold water. Pour into the serving dish and add the crumbled feta. Place in the fridge while the onions finish cooking.

Toss the cooked caramelized red onions with the peas and feta. Chill for at least an hour in the fridge before serving.

Serve Pea, Feta and Red Onion Salad along with your favorite grilled meat and some garlic bread.

What’s your favorite side dish during the summer months?

2 Comments so far

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On Wednesday, October 10, 2012, Daughter of a Diabetic wrote

Do you really need sugar in a vegetable dish??? I made this by dicing up the onions, sauteing in olive oil for a few minutes to soften them. It wa delish. Why add additional sugar if not necessary?

On Wednesday, July 04, 2012, Michelle from Nebraska wrote

Although I very much liked this side dish, the picture is misleading. It apparently shows diced raw onions, not sliced caramelized. onions which are no longer that bright pink color and tend to be a bit stringy and do not easily mix evenly with the peas. The next time I make this I will try dicing the onions instead of slicing.

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