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Pea salad is a perfect dish to make for a potluck or barbecue. Learn about pea salad with help from a social entrepreneur in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Holly Hirshberg from Dinnergarden.org and today I'm going to make a green pea salad that's perfect for a potluck or a barbecue. The first thing we're going to do is make our dressing. It's much easier to season your dressing if you do it before you add the big ingredients. The dressing for this salad, really simple to make and tastes great. It's going to be mayonnaise, it's going to be sour cream. You can use low fat sour cream, regular fat sour cream, some people like Greek yogurt, great, perfect, this is just regular sour cream. Then I'm going to do salt and pepper to taste. Also, in my dressing, fresh lemon juice. Lemon juice will really brighten it up. If you have the lemon juice from concentrate, that will work, fresh lemons are not very expensive and add a lot more flavor. I'm going to go ahead and squeeze the lemon into my bowl to start my dressing. You want to squeeze it into your hands because you're going to have seeds and you want to catch those so your guests or whoever is eating with you doesn't get a big mouthful of seeds. That kind of makes you look like a bad cook. I'm going to start adding the other ingredients to my dressing, mayonnaise, that's going to give it a nice creamy flavor. And I don't know about you but sometimes when you're out in the heat, the creamy flavor is exactly what you want, a little bit of sour cream to give it some punch, ooh, I love sour cream and finally a little salt and pepper, just how I like it and I'm going to stir that all up. Okay stirring up my dressing. I'm going to go ahead and taste it. It's going to be easier to adjust it now, there's a little more salt and a little more pepper but make sure at this point is when you're going to get to the flavor that you want. So just try and imagine it at the end of your dish. Let's try this, perfect. I'm going to go ahead and add my peas. The peas are not going to be incredibly crunchy, they're just kind of squishy. We're going to add some crunch with our other ingredients. I'm going to go ahead and mix that up. My next ingredient, green onions to add a little bit of spice. The thing that I like about this recipe, it's one of my favorite things is this recipe feeds a lot of people. That's going to be essential when you're going to a cookout, a barbecue, potluck, having people over to your house, you never know how many people are going to be there so you want to make sure that you have enough food to feed everyone. This recipe is your go to recipe for events like that. Time to add the onions, no big deal, just going to pick them up and put them in with my peas and dressing over here, going to give it a quick stir and then we'll be on to our final ingredients. My final ingredient, can you believe how fast this has gone? Celery, just going to cut off the ends, put those in a compost, celery is a fun Summer veggie. I think people expect to have celery in a lot of the things that they eat at picnics. It has that crunch, not a real strong flavor, just it makes things fun to eat. I'm going to chop up my celery, no fancy technique. I'm just going to cut it into little pieces then I'm going to add those back into my peas. It's so pretty and Summery. I'm going to stir it all together. You want to be kind of gentle when you stir. Otherwise, your peas are going to get all smushed and it's not going to look as pretty. It will probably taste good but it won't be as pretty. Alright it looks creamy, it looks, I bet it's going to be sweet because the peas are going to be sweet. Um, the peas are sweet, the dressing is creamy, bright green and white, magnificent. Put it in your fridge before you go so it will be cold when you take it out and enjoy fun with your friends.

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