Recipe courtesy of Gavin Kaysen

Snap Pea Salad

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 30 min
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
Go beyond lettuce with this seasonal salad of sugar snap peas and snow peas tossed in a flavorful Parmesan vinaigrette. Minneapolis chef Gavin Kaysen created this recipe for his family, but it was such a hit, he put it on the menu at his restaurant Spoon and Stable.


Parmesan Vinaigrette



  1. Vinaigrette: In a blender, add mustard, vinegar, yogurt, ¼ cup water, a pinch of salt, and 8 grinds of black pepper. Turn on high, and immediately drizzle in the oil; the dressing is fully emulsified when it looks smooth, about 30 seconds. Turn blender off and add another pinch of salt, ¼ cup more water, and Parmesan. Close the lid and blend on high to incorporate the cheese, 10 seconds. The dressing should be thick and creamy, like a Caesar dressing. Makes 3 cups. (Store extra dressing in a lidded container or squeeze bottle in the refrigerator for 5-7 days.)
  2. Salad: Trim snap peas by pulling off the tough string that runs along the length of the pod. Julienne whole pods lengthwise and add to a large bowl. Trim and julienne snow peas and add 1½ to 2 cups to the bowl. Season with a pinch of salt and 2 grinds of black pepper. Add sunflower seeds and pea shoot tendrils. Trim green tops from radishes, cut in half, then thinly slice and add to the bowl.
  3. Assembly: With your hands, gently toss the salad with ¼ cup of dressing. Pile salad on a serving platter and garnish with additional pea shoot tendrils.

Cook’s Note

This salad can be assembled, dressed, and refrigerated up to several hours before serving. 30 minutes before serving, bring to room temperature.