Hands on time: 15 minutes Total time: 20 minutes Serves: 6
1 1/2 cups shelled field peas (a mixture of 2 or 3 kinds is nice, but a single variety is good, too) Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground pepper 6 cups ripe summer tomatoes (again, variety is good. I prefer a mixture of heirlooms, beefsteaks and cherries. Larger tomatoes should be cut into ¸-inch wedges, cherry tomatoes should be cut in half) 1 small bunch fresh basil 3 to 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil Garlic Mayonnaise to taste (recipe follows)
FOR GARLIC MAYONNAISE: Makes 1 3/4 cups-- Hands on time: 15 minutes-- Total time: 15 minutes
1 tablespoon cider or white wine vinegar 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1 teaspoon dry mustard 2 large egg yolks, preferably organic and free range 1 1/2 cups peanut oil or light olive oil, or a combination of both 2 tablespoons boiling water 1 teaspoon garlic, shoot removed, chopped and rubbed to a very fine paste with a pinch of kosher salt
FOR SALAD: Blanch the field peas in a large saucepan of generously salted, rapidly boiling water for 3 minutes. Drain the peas and plunge them immediately into a bowl of salted ice water to stop the cooking and set the color of the peas. When well-chilled, drain thoroughly and refrigerate. Just before serving, put the sliced tomatoes in a large mixing bowl. Season generously with salt and a few grinds of black pepper. Tear the basil leaves into rough pieces about 1/3 inch and sprinkle over. Add the refrigerated field peas and dress with extra-virgin olive oil to coat well. Taste carefully for seasoning and serve immediately with garlic mayonnaise drizzled over.
FOR MAYONNAISE: Combine the vinegar, lemon juice, salt and dry mustard in a nonreactive bowl and whisk until the salt and mustard are dissolved. Add the egg yolks and beat until smooth. Add the oil, drop by drop at first, and then in a slow, steady stream, whisking constantly until all the oil has been incorporated and you have a very thick emulsion. Pour the boiling water over the garlic paste and let stand for 2 minutes. Whisk the garlic mixture into the mayonnaise. If mayonnaise is very thick, you may thin to desired consistency by whisking in a small amount of hot water. You can make this up to 3 days before serving. It will keep longer, but the garlic flavor can become too strong, and eventually acrid.
Per serving, without Garlic Mayonnaise: 127 calories (percent of calories from fat, 50), 3 grams protein, 14 grams carbohydrates, 4 grams fiber, 7 grams fat (1 gram saturated), no cholesterol, 38 milligrams sodium.
Per tablespoon: 110 calories (percent of calories from fat, 99), trace protein, trace carbohydrates, trace fiber, 12 grams fat (2 grams saturated), 15 milligrams cholesterol, 68 milligrams sodium.