Pea Salad with Lemon Dressing

This delicious pea salad features radishes, crisp lettuce, and feta cheese crumbles, topped with a zesty lemon oregano dressing.

Radish and Pea Salad with Lemon Oregano Vinaigrette

While we’ve been away half-way across the world, spring has sprung in Indianapolis! As we sort through photos and emotions on our return, we’ve also been getting back into the swing of spring produce in Midwest America. It’s a bit different from fresh local mangos and pineapple, but we’re still excited about what we’re starting to see in the markets, as well as the new life in our garden! We tested out this pea salad for a lovely evening meal al fresco with friends. The fresh lavender blossoms and twinkle lights were the perfect compliment – thanks to Kelley H and friends for a wonderful evening!

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Making this pea salad

This pea salad would be a great option for a spring meal with family or friends, perhaps an Easter brunch. The flavors are bright and fresh, especially enhanced by the lemon and fresh oregano!  We’re excited to already have fresh oregano in our garden – the joy of perennials! Another option is to make it a light lunch or dinner by adding cooked white beans or chickpeas, and serving with bread (which I’m enjoying as I write).

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Make sure to check out your local farmer’s market (Indy Winter Farmer’s Market here in Indy) for other spring ingredients! What’s your favorite spring ingredient to cook with? Do you have a pea salad recipe that you love to make? Let us know in the comments below!

How to make lemon salad dressing

The lemon dressing for this pea salad is tangy and delicious! If you’ve never made homemade salad dressing, it’s time to start. This dressing is very easy to make, and uses fresh oregano to take the flavor over the top. Most mainstream grocery stores carry fresh oregano: or you can grow your own in pots at home. To make the lemon salad dressing, simply whisk together the lemon juice with white wine vinegar and the chopped oregano, then add the olive oil 1 tablespoon at a time, whisking constantly. Adding the olive oil gradually is what makes the dressing turn creamy and emulsified. Store any leftover dressing in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

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This pea salad is vegetarian and gluten-free. For vegan, plant-based, and dairy-free, omit the cheese.

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Pea Salad with Lemon Dressing


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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x

Description

This delicious pea salad features radishes, crisp lettuce, and feta cheese crumbles, topped with a zesty lemon oregano dressing. 


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Ingredients

For the pea salad

  • 1 head lettuce
  • 1 bunch radishes
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • Lemon zest, for the garnish

For the lemon dressing

  • 1 handful fresh oregano
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil

Instructions

  1. Wash and dry the lettuce; chop it into bite-sized pieces. Thinly slice the radishes. Zest the lemon.
  2. If the peas are frozen, thaw them in some warm water. If the peas are fresh, boil some water, add the peas and cook for about 3 to 4 minutes, until tender and bright green, then remove them and rinse with cold water.
  3. Chop the fresh oregano. In a medium bowl, add the oregano, fresh lemon juice, white wine vinegar, 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, and a generous amount of fresh ground black pepper. Whisk to combine. Then whisk in the olive oil 1 tablespoon at a time until a creamy emulsion forms.
  4. To serve, place the lettuce leaves in serving bowls or plates. Top with sliced radishes, peas, crumbled feta cheese, and lemon zest. Drizzle with vinaigrette and top with fresh ground pepper.

  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Raw
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Pea Salad, Lemon Dressing, Radish Salad, Spring Salad Recipe, Pea Recipes

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

14 Comments

  • Reply
    Adrienne @ How to Ice a Cake
    April 2, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    I am a total pea fanatic so this is right up my alley. I also love the lemon centric vinaigrette. I might have to make this for Easter dinner!

    • Reply
      Sonja
      April 7, 2012 at 9:47 am

      We love peas too :) Let us know if it works out!

  • Reply
    Goda
    April 2, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    Very beautiful post! First off – welcome back, I’m looking forward to hearing more, and purchasing your book in support of the project!
    I too was thinking of what salad I could make for Easter – this sounds perfect! Thanks! And those dishes – simply lovely!

    • Reply
      Sonja
      April 7, 2012 at 9:46 am

      Oh thank you! We hope you enjoy it. And the market was a great place to find dishes – we were excited to find these :)

  • Reply
    Courtney Jones
    April 3, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    Welcome back! :) Sounds like you had a truly fantastic trip. I am so inspired by your dedication to offer such help to those in need in such a unique way.

    This salad looks wonderful. I have been craving a bright, fresh salad with peas and radishes. I love your idea of adding chickpeas and feta cheese. I’ll have to make this for lunch this week. Yum :)

    Also, love the bowls. So colourful!

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    Sara {Home is Where the Cookies Are}
    April 4, 2012 at 5:46 am

    Mmmm. This looks delicious. My only problem is that I’m the only one in our family that actually likes peas. How do you think it would be if I made it with edamame? Everyone will eat that. . . . I know it’s not as sweet though, and we’d miss out on the whole point of a fresh spring veggie. . . .

    • Reply
      Sonja
      April 7, 2012 at 9:43 am

      I think it would be delicious with edamame! Not as sweet, true, but I think it would still be tasty :)

  • Reply
    Clem @ clementinecuisine
    April 4, 2012 at 7:31 am

    I made a similar salad yesterday with the exact same colors, but with fava beans instead of peas. It was amazing. I’ll post the recipe soon!

    • Reply
      Sonja
      April 7, 2012 at 9:41 am

      Yum! We’d love to do something with fava beans – we’re growing them this year! I’ve always wanted to :)

  • Reply
    Heidi @ Food Doodles
    April 4, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    What a delicious looking salad! I love radishes and peas but I can’t remember ever put them together. I can’t wait till I have them both fresh from my garden :D Love the lemony dressing on your salad too – I have to keep this in mind.

  • Reply
    Janet McKnight
    April 7, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    I was just telling myself that I needed to try radishes in something soon, and I love peas! Yay! Thanks a million :)

  • Reply
    Julie F
    May 2, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Looked at your site today for inspiration for my first CSA pick up of the season. Radishes, Spinach, lettuce, snap peas were just a few of the items I received. Going to give this a try tonight with the snap peas…I am sure it will be yummy. Looking forward to using your search option for more ideas throughout the summer!

  • Reply
    Katie
    March 31, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    Can’t believe it took me this long to find your blog. This recipe perfectly accompanied today’s Easter brunch of quiche and french toast bake. Can’t wait to look around more and see what other gems you have!

    • Reply
      Sonja
      April 3, 2013 at 9:22 pm

      Oh, wonderful! This is a favorite recipe of ours – so glad it was a hit. Let us know if you try anything else!

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