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Looking for a pea shoots recipe? Tender pea shoots are perfect in salads, like this arugula salad with balsamic vinegar and Parmesan.

Arugula salad with pea shoots recipe

It’s officially spring here in Indiana! In a matter of weeks, the tiny sprouts in our garden have transformed into healthy-looking plants. Alex and I love growing peas, and we’ve heard for a while about how delicious the pea shoots can be, especially in salads. We decided to give it a go with some of our new crop in this arugula salad with pea shoots recipe. And we found them to be just as amazing as advertised – the taste is a burst of intense, pea flavor!

Want another arugula salad? Try this Easy Arugula Salad or our Arugula Beet Salad.

Pea shoots recipe

How to make this arugula salad with pea shoots recipe

Need a pea shoots recipe? For this recipe, you just throw pea shoots into the salad with some delicate spring greens. Then toast up some walnuts in a skillet, stirring often and making sure you keep an eye on it until they’re golden brown and toasty. Throw those in the salad along with some Parmesan cheese shavings and fresh mint. For the dressing, whisk up our famously delicious balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing. One final element to the salad: since we didn’t have fresh peas (yet), we added edamame for a bit of extra protein and sweetness. You could add either fresh peas or edamame, or skip this element all together.

You can use pea shoots in other types of salad, stir fries, mixed in with pasta — or even just munch on them raw as a snack!

Want to make this pea shoots recipe but don’t have pea shoots? Don’t worry, pea shoots are easy to grow – even in a pot on a sunny windowsill!  You also could try to find them at a farmer’s market near you. If you do attempt to grown them, remember that peas like cooler weather, so make sure to protect them from extreme heat.

This pea shoots recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free. For vegan, plant-based, and dairy-free, omit the Parmesan cheese.

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Arugula Salad with Pea Shoots Recipe

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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


Looking for a pea shoots recipe? Tender pea shoots are perfect in salads, like this arugula salad with balsamic vinegar and Parmesan.



For the arugula salad

  • 8 cups fresh spring greens (arugula, mizuna, red lettuce, etc)
  • 1 cup pea shoots
  • 1 cup edamame (or fresh peas)
  • 1 handful fresh mint (optional)
  • ½ cup walnuts
  • Parmesan cheese
  • 1 recipe Best Balsamic Vinaigrette


  1. Wash and dry the greens and pea shoots. If using frozen edamame, steam the edamame for about 3 to 4 minutes, then rinse with cold water. Cut the mint into thin strips (chiffonade).
  2. In a dry pan over medium heat, toast the walnuts, stirring frequently, until golden and fragrant, about 3 to 4 minutes. Make sure to watch them constantly so they do not burn.
  3. Make the Best Balsamic Vinaigrette.
  4. To serve, place the greens in serving bowls or plates. Top with pea shoots, edamame, mint, shavings of Parmesan cheese, and toasted walnuts. Drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette and top with fresh ground pepper.
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Raw
  • Cuisine: American

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Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Amy Hoff says:

    what herbs do you recommend in place of the pea shoots?

  2. Elissa says:

    Your salad looks amazing!

  3. Courtney Jones says:

    Love the combination of mint & arugula. I’ve not tried pea shoots, but this salad has convinced me to try some. Love the addition of edamame too. Such a beautiful spring salad. :)

  4. Lida says:

    Thanks for the link to growing pea shoots in a pot. Genius! I just discovered them on a recent trip to Beijing. It was one of the favorite vegetables I discovered while I was there. Bean shoots were also delicious! And the favorite of the trip was lilly bulbs – lovely!

    1. Alex says:

      Fun! You should definitely grow some pea shoots, they are so good when they are just out of the soil!

  5. sarah says:

    This looks lovely! I’m especially excited about the dressing – honey and balsamic sound perfect together.

    1. Alex says:

      Yeah — I think it might be a common dressing throughout the summer :)

  6. Eileen says:

    That is a totally ideal salad–especially with all the spring greens popping up in the farmer’s market. Hooray!

  7. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar says:

    This is so pretty! Love all that yummy green!