Snow Pea Salad

This bright, crunchy salad gets a hint of smoky sweetness from the maple syrup in the vinaigrette. Slideshow: More Pea Recipes 

Snow Pea Salad
Photo: © John Cullen
Total Time:
35 mins


  • 4 teaspoons apple cider vinegar

  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

  • 1 garlic clove, minced

  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup

  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard

  • 1/4 cup canola oil

  • Kosher salt

  • Pepper

  • 1/2 teaspoon black sesame seeds

  • 1/2 teaspoon white sesame seeds

  • 3/4 pound snow peas, trimmed

  • 2 cups shelled fresh English peas

  • 1/2 cup mixed sprouts, such as radish and alfalfa

  • 1 radish, thinly sliced

  • 1/4 cup torn mint leaves


  1. In a small bowl, whisk the cider vinegar with the lemon juice and garlic; let stand for 5 minutes. Whisk in the maple syrup and mustard, then gradually whisk in the oil. Season the vinaigrette with salt and pepper.

  2. In a small skillet, toast the sesame seeds over high heat, tossing occasionally, until lightly browned, 2 to 3 minutes.

  3. Halve one-third of the snow peas crosswise on the diagonal and julienne the rest. In a saucepan of salted boiling water, blanch the snow peas and English peas until crisp-tender, 30 seconds. Drain and rinse under cold water; pat dry. In a bowl, toss the peas with the sprouts, radish, half of the mint and 6 tablespoons of the vinaigrette. Transfer to a platter and top with the remaining mint and the toasted sesame seeds. Serve the remaining vinaigrette at the table.

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