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Open Faced Pea, Avocado and Smoked Salmon Sandwich

Spring finally reared its much anticipated head with a full day of sunshine today, and I doubt anyone is complaining. It has been a very looooonnnngg and grey winter so I definitely got my fix of vitamin D today. Not only was I craving a change in weather, but I was needing a change in my meal plans. There is only so much soup and stews you can eat over the course of winter. I am ready for fresh foods, fresh produce and quick meal ideas that allow us more time outside and less time in the kitchen. This recipe is unlike any sandwich I’ve tried and it is so satisfying. It is packed with lean protein, healthy fats and flavor. I forgot the pea shoots in these pictures so I threw on fresh cilantro instead. Either way it is a great dinner, lunch idea or snack. Happy Spring!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups frozen peas, thawed
  • 1 avocado, chopped
  • 125 g cream cheese,
  • 2 tbsp lemon zest
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • dark rye bread
  • 300 grams smoked salmon
  • 1/4 cup pea shoots
  • 2 radishes, sliced
  • 1 tbsp chopped dill weed
  • 4 lemon wedges

 

Directions:

  1.  Blend peas with avocado, cream cheese, lemon zest and lemon juice in a food processor until combined.
  2. Spread 1/4 cup pea mixture over each bread slice. Top with smoked salmon slices, radishes and pea shoots. Sprinkle with dill. Season with fresh pepper. Squeeze a lemon wedge over each sandwich before serving.

Not yet, not yet, not yet, not yet. Quick eat me! Oops. Too Late. ~ Avocado


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