Sugar Snap Pea Salad

As soon as sugar snaps show up at the farmers’ market, I’m instantly happy. Sweet, crisp, snappy and sugary! This salad is all about the sugar snaps, with a pinch of Aleppo pepper for heat, some fresh ricotta cheese for richness and texture and edible flowers for color. It comes together easily, looks gorgeous and is oh-so-easy to love.


  • 1 pound fresh sugar snap peas
  • 1 bunch radishes
  • 1/2  cup fresh ricotta cheese
  • A few leaves of fresh peppermint
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Olive oil, to taste
  • A pinch of Aleppo pepper or red pepper flakes
  • A handful of edible flowers, such as pea blossoms or nasturtiums


With a sharp knife, trim the tips of the sugar snap peas on both ends; remove the strings if they bother you and cut some in half lengthwise. Blanch the sugar snaps quickly, just about 30 seconds, and shock in ice water. Slice the radishes thinly into coin shapes or half-moons. Combine the peas, radishes, cheese and peppermint in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper and toss with the lemon juice and olive oil. Serve with a sprinkle of Aleppo pepper and garnish of edible flowers.

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