Blanch snow peas in lightly salted boiling water for 1 minute. Immerse in iced water; drain.
Tear lettuce into pieces. Distribute among serving bowls. Add snow peas; sprinkle with spring onions.
To make the vinaigrette, whisk oil, vinegar and a generous seasoning of salt and pepper. Drizzle over salad greens. Sprinkle with sprouts.
To make the croutons: cut the bread into small cubes. Heat the butter in a nonstick frying pan over medium heat. Add the garlic, cut surfaces face down. Fry 30 seconds, remove from pan and discard. Place bread cubes in garlic butter and cook until golden brown on all sides, taking care so the butter does not burn. Serve the salad topped with hot croutons.
to blanch snow peas
Snow peas require no or minimal cooking. Blanching is ideal for brief cooking and retains the fresh colour of the vegetable. 1. Trim tips from snow peas and remove any strings. 2. Place trimmed snow peas in lightly salted boiling water. Cook over high heat 1 minute. 3. Remove from boiling water with a slotted spoon. Immerse in iced water to cool and retain their colour. Drain.