I love fresh green peas and when spring serves them up, I find as many ways as possible to include them. Who would have thought to create a pea puree as a bread spread? Topped with smoked salmon the colors scream spring and the flavor whispers nourishing yum. Take this to your next picnic or barbecue and wow ’em.

pea puree and smoked salmon
Pea Puree and Smoked Salmon Appetizer

Makes: 12 apps Takes: 5 minutes
1 whole grain bread
2 cups fresh peas — or frozen thawed
1/4 cup chives
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 clove minced garlic — optional
salt and pepper
6 ounces smoked salmon

Slice whole loaf lengthwise.

In a blender, puree fresh raw peas, chives, olive oil, garlic and salt and pepper. Pulse into a paste and spread on bread topped with salmon