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This sugar snap pea salad with feta and radishes is a delicious way to get your veggies in this spring. This healthy, flavorful salad comes together quickly with ingredients that you probably already have on hand. Tossed in a bright and tangy lemon-red wine vinaigrette, it’s a salad that your whole family will love!
A combination of the sweetness of a garden pea and the crunchiness of snow pea, sugar snap peas make for an incredibly tasty addition to any salad.
Sugar snap peas are fantastic when used to make a fresh and flavorful snap pea salad like this one! They also work great in stir-fries and as a snack. But today, we’re focusing on the salad.
Snow peas, which are also known as Chinese pea pods, have a flat edible pod that can be eaten raw in salads or cooked. The sugar snap peas, however, have rounder edible pods and are slightly sweeter than snow peas.
The combination of flavors and textures in this snap pea salad is amazing.
The sugar snap peas are crunchy, the feta cheese adds creaminess, the radishes are slightly spicy, and the fresh mint and dill provide a nice herbal flavor. All of this is brought together by a tart and tangy lemon-red wine vinaigrette.
It’s a flavor explosion that you won’t be able to resist!
This salad recipe is perfect for spring, and it’s an easy way to get in those daily servings of veggies. It goes great as a side dish with grilled chicken or fish or as a light lunch all on its own.
Ready to make this delicious snap pea salad? Let’s do it together.
Here’s everything you need to make this spring salad recipe:
- Sugar snap peas
- Feta cheese
- Fresh mint
- Fresh dill
- Olive oil
- Fresh lemon juice
- Garlic clove
- Red wine vinegar
- Kosher salt and ground black pepper
How to make a snap pea salad with feta and radishes
Now that you have everything you need to make this fresh spring salad, here’s a step-by-step process to easily make this salad!
When it comes to the snap peas, it’s essential to take some time to clean them up before adding them to the salad.
Here’s how to do that:
- Start by washing the snap peas thoroughly.
- Then, use a paring knife to trim the ends of the peas and remove the strings on the side.
- Once you’ve done that, make sure to slice the snap peas on the diagonal.
- Set aside for later.
Nope, you don’t need to blanch the sugar snap peas before eating. Just clean them up!
Next, you’ll need to clean and prepare the radishes. They can sometimes be dirty and have roots that need to be removed.
Here’s how to do that:
- Start by washing the radishes thoroughly, giving them a good scrub.
- Then, use a paring knife to trim the ends off of the radishes and remove any remaining roots.
- Once you’ve done that, you’ll want to slice them thinly.
- Set them aside.
To slice the radishes evenly (safely), you can use a mandoline slicer with the guard on instead of a knife. Just make sure to keep an eye out so you don’t cut your fingers.
Radishes have a slightly peppery flavor. They are crunchy and are excellent in salads or as a snack! Some say they might be a bit too “spicy” for them. It helps to soak them a bit.
Add the rest of the salad ingredients
- After you have finished prepping the radishes and sugar snap peas, add the feta cheese.
- You can use crumbled feta cheese or slice up cubes from a feta cheese block.
If you don’t have feta cheese on hand, here are a few other crumbled cheese options that work well in this snap pea salad:
- Cotija cheese
- Goat cheese
- Queso fresco
For a more robust flavor profile, consider trying blue cheese crumbles, and let me know what it tastes like in the comments down below!
Add in fresh herbs
- Once you have all the main ingredients prepped and ready to go, add in the fresh herbs. For this recipe, we’re using fresh mint and fresh dill.
- Simply take a few sprigs of both herbs and give them a rough chop.
Yes, absolutely! If you don’t have fresh mint and dill available, you can substitute any of your favorite herbs. Parsley, chives, cilantro, and oregano are all great options.
Fresh herbs definitely give the salad a brighter flavor, but if you don’t have any on hand, you can use dried herbs. Just make sure to adjust the measurements accordingly.
Whenever I make this sugar snap pea salad, I like to make my own homemade dressing!
Here’s how to make it:
- Add grated garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, salt, and pepper in a small bowl.
- Whisk to combine everything together.
Store the dressing in the fridge for a bit to let it all come together.
Yes, absolutely! Apple cider vinegar is an excellent substitute for red wine vinegar. You can also use white wine vinegar or any other type of vinegar you have on hand.
Yes, you can use jarred lemon juice instead of fresh. It will just be a bit tart, so I recommend diluting it with a little bit of water. I highly recommend using fresh lemons if you can.
Consider adding some lemon zest to the dressing for some extra lemon flavor
No, you don’t have to make your own dressing. You can always buy a salad dressing from the store. I would recommend going with an oil-based vinaigrette with lemon notes!
Now, all that is left to do is dress the salad.
- Pour the vinaigrette over the peas, radishes, and feta, and gently toss.
- Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.
- Place in refrigerator until you are ready to serve.
Yes, absolutely! You can add any type of leafy green that you like. Spinach, kale, and arugula–all would work great in this snap pea salad recipe.
The possibilities are endless! Consider adding in some diced cucumber, thinly sliced red onion, or roasted chickpeas for extra texture.
You could also crumble some bacon or crispy prosciutto for a bit of a salty bite or top the salad with some diced avocado for a creamy touch.
Even some sunflower seeds, candied pecans, or toasted nuts can be added for a bit of crunch.
How to serve
This tasty sugar snap pea salad can be served as a side dish or even as a light entree. It’s perfect for potlucks, picnics, and other gatherings.
How to store
- This snap pea salad is best served immediately. If you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. The sugar snap peas will start to lose their crunch, so it’s best to eat this salad within a few days of making it.
- When you do store them, make sure to leave the salad undressed so that the ingredients don’t get soggy. The dressing can be made ahead and stored in a separate container for up to 5 days.
- 1.5 pounds sugar snap peas (trimmed and stringed, and sliced on the diagonal)
- 2 bunches radishes (thinly sliced on a mandoline or with knife)
- 8 oz feta cheese (crumbled or sliced into small cubes from block)
- 3 tbsp fresh mint (roughly chopped)
- 1 tbsp fresh dill
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 1 garlic clove (pressed or grated)
- 1 tsp red wine vinegar
- 1/4 tsp kosher salt
- 1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
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- Using a pairing knife to begin slicing tip off end of snap pea, there are strings on the top and the bottom of the peas, once you've almost sliced through the end you should find the string. Pull the string out. Repeat with other end of snap pea and string on opposite side.
- Once you have prepped the sugar snap peas, slice them diagonally. Place in a large bowl.
- Using a mandoline (with the guard or a safety glove) thinly slice the radishes. You can use a knife, but it is harder to get thin uniform slices. Place in large bowl with the sugar snap peas.
- Add feta, mint, and dill to the bowl with the peas and radishes.
- In a small bowl, add grated garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, salt and pepper. Whisk to combine. Pour over the peas, radishes, and feta, gently toss. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.
- Place in refrigerator until ready to serve. Best enjoyed chilled. Enjoy!
Sugar snap peas vs snow peas
- Both peas are tender and crisp, but sugar snap peas have a sweeter more flavorful profile.
- Because this recipe is best served chilled, it's easy to make ahead and also store leftovers.
- Due to the natural saltiness of feta, this recipe doesn't need a lot of additional salt
- A good substitution if you don't have feta would be cotija cheese
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