Spicy Fresh Pea Salad (Recipe)


When we think of peas, most of us think of the canned or frozen kind. And that’s no surprise — real, fresh peas can be difficult to find, and their season is short. You probably won’t find them at the grocery store, but you probably will find them, if the timing is right, at a farmer’s market, farm stand, or in your CSA box. Known as English peas or garden peas, these green pods should not be overlooked. Luckily, their season is just around the corner, or here already, in much of North America.

Try out this delicious salad with your bounty of fresh peas. If you’re not a fan of spicy flavors, simply halve or omit chile.

Spicy Fresh Pea Salad


  • 1 Cup fresh mint
  • 2 Dried dates, pitted
  • 1/2 Small serrano chile, stem removed
  • 2 Teaspoons fresh lemon juice, plus zest of one lemon
  • 1 1/2 Cup fresh peas
  • 1 Small head romaine lettuce, shredded
  • 1/2 Cup pumpkin seeds, toasted
  • Coarse salt
  • 1 Dollop plain yogurt (optional)

1. Prepare dressing. In a food processor, puree mint, dates, chile, lemon juice and zest until well blended. Add a tablespoon or two of water if the dressing is too thick. Adjust seasoning as desired.
2. Cook peas. In a medium saucepan, bring about 6 cups of salted water to a boil. While you’re waiting for the water to boil, fill a large bowl with ice water. Cook the peas in the boiling water for only 10-20 seconds, until just barely tender. Drain and transfer to ice water.
3. If you’re using yogurt, stir it into the dressing. Toss peas, lettuce and seeds with dressing and a pinch or two of salt. Serve.

Recipe Credit: 101 Cookbooks.

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Kay M.
Kay M5 years ago

mmm, thanks.

JL A5 years ago


Terry V.
Terry V5 years ago

thank you in SPITE of the EXTREME LATENCY with Care 2's messaging today.

Jane R.
Jane R5 years ago

Sorry but this doesn't sound good to me at all. The way I make a pea salad is to use fresh or frozen cooked peas, minced onion to taste, sweet pickle relish to taste, a pinch of salt, a dash of black pepper and enough mayo to moisten well. If you like garlic you can add a dash of it too. This is the best!

Debbie Williamson
Solitary Eagle5 years ago

Sounds delicious! Thank you for sharing.

Leena K.
Leena K5 years ago

Sounds great, have to try.

Dale O.

A delightful treat for Springtime and all other seasons!

John B.
John B5 years ago

Thanks Katie for sharing the recipe.

Lynn Demsky
Lynn D5 years ago

Sounds really good, only time I've seen fresh peas is when I grew them in amongst my flower beds! Thanks for sharing with us!

Laura Saxon
.5 years ago

Another delicious recipe. Thanks for sharing.