Sugar Snap Salad

Barbeque season is here. We don’t have an outdoor space for grilling, so we find ourselves traveling to friends’ backyards or porches to cook outside during the summer. I’m always on the lookout for a good salad that will transport easily and taste delicious alongside some grilled meats. This salad does the trick and is nice to look at, too.

Recipes like these are why I love summer. A few months ago, there wasn’t a fresh fruit or vegetable to be found in the Midwest, and now every meal is a celebration of our bounty. This salad is refreshing and bright and a good foil to spicy foods. We made this with some amazing feta, but feel free to use ricotta salata or even a goat cheese. Hopefully, it no longer needs to be said—but salads as simple as this benefit from the best ingredients. You’ll love it so much more.

Sugar Snap Salad (adapted from Bon Appetit)

  • 1 1/2 pounds sugar snap peas, trimmed, stringed, cut in half on diagonal
  • Kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon (or more) fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon white (or red) wine vinegar
  • 3/4 teaspoon sumac plus more for garnish
  • 1 bunch radishes (about 6 ounces), trimmed, thinly sliced
  • 4 ounces feta, crumbled
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh mint (or more or less to taste)

Fill a large bowl with ice water; set aside. Cook peas in a large pot of boiling salted water until crisp-tender, about 2 minutes. Drain; transfer to bowl with ice water to cool. Drain peas; transfer to a kitchen towel-lined baking sheet to dry.
Whisk oil, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, vinegar, and 3/4 teaspoon sumac in a small bowl. Toss peas, radishes, and cheese in a large bowl.  Can be made a day ahead. Cover dressing and salad separately and chill.
Add dressing to salad and toss to coat. Season salad with salt, pepper, and more lemon juice.. Garnish with mint and sprinkle with sumac.

31 comments to “Sugar Snap Salad”

  1. this reminds me of the green beans my israeli cousin makes with lots of sumac and garlic, but a fresh, summery version, which sounds great right about now. lately i’ve been loving cabbage slaws with lots of cilantro, green mango and fish sauce, there’s something about them that goes perfectly with muggy weather.

  2. This looks wonderful! I love sugar snap peas, and we have some cropping at the moment. I’ll have to try this for dinner this week!

  3. I’m really into radishes at the moment – and would never have thought of this! Great salad idea!

  4. This salad looks so delicious and fresh. I must try this after a trip to the farmers’ market!

  5. My sugar snap peas are done. :-( I’ll plant a Fall crop in a few weeks and in the meantime look for sumac.

  6. this recipe is simple, elegant & crunchy…look forward to re-creating it!

    btw tim: walked the “high line nyc” yesterday & low & behold one of the vendors displayed
    fany gerson’s “paletas” book & served up her mango & passion fruit ice pops! super delicious!

  7. like ruth, i too have been all about radishes lately. i just discovered how awesome they are cooked! ugh, seriously, i think it’s an addiction. so happy i have another good excuse to eat ’em up.

  8. This salad sounds just perfect, and I love the idea of using ricotta salata in it. I made a similar salad recently but cooked the radishes with the sugar snap peas, and I wished I had left them raw. I will be trying this soon!

  9. I am SO happy that you posted this today! Wouldn’t you know that at home I have sugar snap peas and a few radishes that must be consumed! I don’t have sumac, but I do have za’tar; don’t have ricotta, but do have goat cheese. i think these substitutions will work beautifully. I wouldn’t have thought to combine them all together.

  10. Beautiful greens against those perfect radishes. Looks like a lovely salad; I might have to draw on it as inspiration with tomorrow’s CSA bounty.

  11. This looks awesome. I imagine it would be great with Foccacia garlic bread followed by a decent pizza with bacon, ham, onion, garlic and chili:-)

  12. i love sugar snaps but have never really known what to do with them, other than shoving them into a stir fry. this looks delicious.

  13. Your salad looks like summer in a bowl. Definitely going to try this for our next cookout! :-)

  14. sumac is the best! it’s so good on chickpeas fried with berbere and cayenne. mmm and that last photo has me hoping that summer never quits.

  15. Hello Tim,
    Just wanted you to know that someone loves your blog in Colombia! (mmm…that would be me). I love the way it is organized, it is so easy to navigate through it!!
    This recipe looks amazing, I would like to ask you if you can think of any replacement for Sumac, I dont know what it tastes like and we don´t have it here.

  16. Hi Mari- that is fantastic! I am so glad you are enjoying the blog, and am very proud to have a reader in Columbia. As for the recipe, you can just leave the sumac out. It has a tart flavor but an extra squeeze of lemon juice will easily compensate. Maybe it won’t look as pretty, but it will still be delicious!
    Thanks so much for introducing yourself.

  17. I just made this too! Caught my eye in the latest Bon Appetit. I’ve been using sumac a lot lately, and this salad was a hit at my last book club.

  18. I love sugar snap peas! Thank you Tim! I’ve been looking to diversify my repertoire of salad recipes. This looks to be a great addition.

  19. would this be strange with snow peas? I have a ton growing in the garden. this looks great!!

  20. Literally the salad I’ve been subconciously craving. Just seeing the picture of it made me realise, that’s it! Exactly what I feel like having for dinner tonight with some fresh bread. I hope I can get my hands on some sugar snap peas though.

  21. catherine says:

    July 15th, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    made this one too and loved it. got the peas with our CSA and honestly didn’t think I would like it. was a real hit on our camping trip

  22. Made this for a b-day party yesterday – substituted kohlrabi from CSA for radishes, went with the ricotta salata idea, and shelled about half the peas before parboiling. Delicious and fresh and lovely! The sumac really adds something, both flavor- and aesthetic-wise. Thanks!

  23. P.S. Just ate day-after leftovers and it’s still super good. A little more marinated and vinegary, but wonderful. Double thanks, Tim!

  24. beautiful! these are 2 ingredients i didn’t like as a kid but am still learning to appreciate now.

  25. Looks fresh, seasonal and tasty! I’ve been looking for another way to use sugar snap peas– though I think I only have a few weeks left….another great post Tim!

  26. made this the other day and LOVED it….so refreshing!

  27. yes, yes, yes!!

    now, where are our midwestern sugar snaps…

  28. Loving this recipe, but also… dang, that is a CUTE knife!

  29. This recipe sounds and looks so clean, I can hardly wait to try it. Peas and Radishes always make me think of summer…and it is burr here. Thanks for sharing! :D

  30. My favorite salad…thank you for this. I serve it on top of a couple handfuls of arugula.

  31. I found this recipe on Pinterest and it looks so fresh and wonderful, I had to pin it! I think I’ll make it to take along when I visit my parents this week. A summmery, fresh salad sounds perfect for the unseasonably warm weather we’ve been having in Washington for the past few days!

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