Salads/ Side Dishes

Spring Sugar Snap Pea Salad w/ Buffalo Mozzarella

This bright, fresh, fast sugar snap pea salad is perfect for celebrating spring produce. Toss together some arugula and peas, add fresh herbs, buffalo mozzarella, and a light balsamic vinaigrette, and you won’t be able to stop eating your greens!

Or try this 5-minute arugula parmesan pine nut salad – my go-to for the busiest nights!

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As spring slowly dawns in my part of the world, I am finding it hard to contain my enthusiasm at the farmers market, and frankly even at the regular old grocery store. There are green things!

Legitimate, bright green things, and not just one or two that you know were actually flown in from who knows where – no. An abundance of green foods, some of which were even grown reasonably close to home.

Life is good.

I know I should do better – could do better – about eating my veggies through the long, dark gray winters. There are lovely root vegetables that are available year round. But I have to admit that few of them really excite me. (Sweet potato and roasted carrots being the notable exceptions.)

In contrast, just look at this bowl of goodness. So bright. So cheerful. And so crunchy! How could you not be excited about that?

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How To Make a Salad With Sugar Snap Peas

One of the true beauties of sugar snap peas is that they require barely any preparation to eat. You can also blanch or sauté them, which I think is nice if they’re standing on their own as a side dish, but they have a slight natural sweetness that makes them delicious as-is for a snack or in a salad like this.

As a result, all you really need to do is examine your sugar snap peas for any small threads hanging off of the ends, and quickly trim or chop those off. Depending on where you purchased the peas, they may already be “pre-trimmed.” In that case, congratulations, your job is even easier.

Combine with some arugula, a few other vegetables, and serve!

Close-up of an open sugar snap pea in a spring salad.

Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette

Two additional things really put this salad over the top into craving territory for me. One is the simple yet perfect dressing – a classic balsamic vinaigrette. You may shy away from making your own salad dressing, but seriously – it is SO easy, and SO nice to be able to control the flavor to your exact liking.

As an added bonus, the recipe as written below makes a lot more dressing than you’ll need for one salad. The dressing keeps for several weeks, so all you need to do is make it once, and you have a perfect homemade salad dressing ready to go for days on end! This is SO nice on super busy weeknights, when even measuring and whisking together a few ingredients is just added work you don’t need.

The Cherry On Top: Buffalo Mozzarella

Lastly, after the whole salad is dressed and ready to go, I love to add a generous helping of buffalo mozzarella.

If you can’t find buffalo mozzarella, burrata would also be delicious, as would “regular” mozzarella, as long as it’s the mozzarella that comes fresh and packaged in water – NOT the low-moisture mozzarella sold in bricks or slices.

This is a desk lunch that does not suck.

A working lunch with a healthy, fresh sugar snap pea salad with Buffalo mozzarella alongside a laptop and iPhone.

Here are two sure signs of how wonderfully these flavors all go together. Firstly, I have prepared and eaten this salad up to three days in a row for lunch, which for me is completely unheard of.

Secondly, when I plated this nicely for pictures, with the big hunk of mozzarella you see here, I actually found myself wanting the greens at least as much as the cheese. That’s really saying something. 🙂

Close-up of a cut-open ball of fresh Buffalo mozzarella cheese nestled in a bright salad of arugula and sugar snap peas.

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Close-up of a cut-open ball of fresh Buffalo mozzarella cheese nestled in a bright salad of arugula and sugar snap peas.

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Spring Sugar Snap Pea Salad w/ Mint and Buffalo Mozzarella

Prep

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Yield 2-4 servings

A bright, fresh, fast sugar snap pea salad that's perfect for celebrating spring produce. Add fresh herbs, buffalo mozzarella, and a light balsamic vinaigrette, and you won't be able to stop eating your greens!

Ingredients

For the Salad: 

  • 3-4 handfuls fresh arugula
  • 2 handfuls fresh sugar snap peas
  • 1 small or medium carrot, peeled and sliced 
  • 4-5 small radishes, thinly sliced 
  • 2-3 tablespoons fresh basil, slivered
  • 2-3 tablespoons fresh mint, slivered
  • 1/4 cup shelled pistachios
  • 1 large ball of fresh Buffalo mozzarella, drained and patted dry

For the Balsamic Vinaigrette: 

  • 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • salt and freshly-ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine arugula, peas, sliced carrots and radishes, basil, and mint. Toss to combine.
  2. To make the vinaigrette, combine olive oil and balsamic vinegar in a jam jar, mason jar, or other container with a tightly-fitting lid. Add a pinch of salt and a few grinds of black pepper. Tighten the lid and shake vigorously.

  3. Pour about 2 tablespoons of the vinaigrette over the combined greens and toss to lightly coat. Taste and add more dressing, if desired.

  4. If serving individually, plate salad greens, then top with pistachios and Buffalo mozzarella. Dress mozzarella with a small drizzle of olive oil and another grind of black pepper, if desired. If serving family-style, add pistachios to the bowl, along with roughly torn pieces of mozzarella, and pass at the table.

Notes

As written, I find this recipe serves two for a large lunch salad, or four for a dinner side. Of course, the amounts are entirely flexible depending on your personal preference!

This will make far more dressing than you're likely to want on your salad, but the vinaigrette will keep on the counter for several weeks. The oil and vinegar will separate, so simply store it in a glass jar with a tightly-fitting lid and shake to recombine before dressing additional salads. Congratulations, you just made homemade salad dressing. How easy was that!? 

Of course, alternatively, you could just make a smaller amount of the dressing, simply keeping the ratio of 3 parts oil to 1 part vinegar.

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This fresh, bright healthy sugar snap pea salad is perfect for spring, with fresh mint, basil, arugula, carrots, radishes, balsamic vinaigrette, and a generous portion of fresh Buffalo mozzarella cheese. #sugarsnappeas #springsalad #springrecipes #springproduce

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11 Comments

  • Reply
    Tania @ The Cook's Pyjamas
    April 6, 2018 at 6:40 am

    What a beautiful looking salad! I love that you have been generous with the mozzarella. I have never thought to fresh mozzarella as an anchor in a lunch salad like this, but that is a fabulous idea. Thanks!

    • Reply
      Monica | Nourish and Fete
      April 6, 2018 at 7:25 am

      Thanks, Tania! For me adding the mozzarella is really a treat and takes this from something I “should” eat straight to something I LOVE to eat! 🙂

  • Reply
    Brian Jones
    April 6, 2018 at 3:46 am

    What a wonderful sounding salad, I love peas so this is a perfect recipe for me!

    • Reply
      Monica | Nourish and Fete
      April 6, 2018 at 7:25 am

      Thanks so much, Brian! Peas are really wonderful, aren’t they?

  • Reply
    Hope
    April 6, 2018 at 3:08 am

    What a gorgeous bright and healthy looking salad! It is Autumn where I live but looking at this I am wishing it was Spring!

    • Reply
      Monica | Nourish and Fete
      April 6, 2018 at 7:26 am

      Ah, I totally understand! Hopefully it still calls to you in another six months! 😉

  • Reply
    Leslie
    April 5, 2018 at 10:56 pm

    What a super spring offering! It looks so fresh and crisp. That buffalo mozzarella makes this a salad worthy of a five star restaurant! I would elaborate, but I’m drooling on my keyboard!

    • Reply
      Monica | Nourish and Fete
      April 6, 2018 at 7:27 am

      Haha, I hear you, Leslie! Thanks so much for your kind words!

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    Shashi at SavorySpin
    April 5, 2018 at 10:39 pm

    Such a delicious and texture-filled salad – it would make eating lunch at my desk oh so enjoyable!

    • Reply
      Monica | Nourish and Fete
      April 6, 2018 at 7:30 am

      Totally agreed, Shashi!

  • Reply
    Emily
    April 5, 2018 at 10:33 pm

    I love sugar snap peas! Totally pinning this salad!

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