Sugar Snap Pea Nibbles

We had some sugar snap peas that needed to be used up sooner rather than later. I wanted something light that wouldn’t require planning a whole meal. This recipe works well as a snack or an appetizer. The peas are cooked just enough to take off their raw edge but maintain their satisfying crunch. There’s lots of tangy lemon and a little bit of zing from the ginger.

  • 3/4 pound (12 ounces) sugar snap peas
  • 3 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • sea salt
  1. Bring a medium-sized pot of water to boil. Meanwhile, whisk lemon juice, olive oil, lemon zest, and grated ginger in a bowl.
  2. Once the water is boiling, add the snap peas. Blanche for one to one-and-a-half minutes, until the peas turn vibrant green.
  3. Drain the peas and run under cold water until peas are entirely cooled. (Alternatively, shock in an ice bath.)
  4. Pour dressing over snap peas and toss to coat. Add a large pinch of salt and mix well. Taste and adjust seasoning, then refrigerate peas until completely chilled.

(Serves 6)

The peas can be eaten as soon as everything is mixed, but the flavor was much improved by a little chilling/marinating. (I know chilling usually dulls flavors, but trust me, they were better.)

I went easy on the fresh ginger as someone in this household doesn’t particularly like it. If you’re a ginger nut, grate away.

This recipe is being shared in Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, Real Food Weekly and Summer Wellness Weekends.

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  1. Oh, how I love sugar snap peas! This recipe looks great, Kalinda. :-) I’d love having my own little bowl, too. ;-)


  2. Those peas look like they would taste fantastic. What a great idea for a snack. I bet you even my grandson would eats them and he avoids everything green. Thanks for sharing :-)


  3. @Shirley: I thought they’d make a cute appetizer if served in little bowls like that.

    @Laureen: Ah yes, the kid test, definitely the toughest to pass.

  4. What a great snack idea! I love sugar snap peas as well–and this recipe highlights their perfection without messing with it! And I agree, the little bowls are very cute. ;)

    Thanks for submitting this to Wellness Weekend this week! :)

  5. I love sugar snap peas! Unfortunately I didn’t get any seeds in the ground early enough so I have had to buy mine this year. I eat them every day for lunch, lightly steamed for just a minute in the micro at work. And then a dash of salt. But I think the addition of ginger would be wonderful! Ginger and snap peas are a great combo!

  6. These look perfectly delicious. Might have to get some sugar snap peas!

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