Asparagus, Pea and Mint Salad

Combining asparagus with two kinds of peas, this beautiful salad captures the freshness of the new season. The vegetables are cooked briefly in boiling water, a technique known as blanching, and then plunged into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking and preserve their bright green color. To tame the bite of the raw shallot, we toss it with a little vinegar and let stand for a few minutes before tossing the salad.