Sugar Snap Pea Salad with Whipped Feta


A bright zesty salad of spring sugar snap peas, asparagus, and fresh herbs nestled on a cloud of creamy whipped feta and cottage cheese. Serve this sugar snap pea salad at your next summer party!

A large fork on a plate of sugar snap pea salad

This is far from a traditional salad but I hope you will open your mind and heart to the beauty of a cooked veggie salad that is nestled on a cloud of creamy whipped feta and cottage cheese.

Spring produce is giving me all the feels, but in seasonal transitions, I love playing with temperature contrast, cold whipped feta plus warm veggies – YES!

The salad is finished with a bunch of fresh herbs that should not be treated as garnish, oh no the herbs are as essential to the salad as the fresh sugar snap peas. Try serving this salad with Air Fryer Filet Mignon, Crispy Cast Iron Chicken Thighs, or Herby Scallops.

If you jump for joy over spring produce you should also try this Insanely Delicious Asparagus Salad and this Strawberry Blue Cheese Salad

Let’s get cooking!

You’ll Love this Recipe

  • A dream of healthy green veggies that explode with flavor from lemon zest, crushed red pepper, and fresh herbs
  • This salad is the epitome of healthy easy entertaining featuring seasonal produce
  • Cottage cheese (the food of the moment) is whipped into a creamy cloud with tangy salty feta cheese and OMG the flavor is life-giving
ingredients on a white background for sugar snap pea salad

Ingredients and Helpful Substitution Tips

Detailed measurements and ingredients can be found within the recipe card at the end of this post.

  • Seasonal Produce – Including Asparagus, Sugar Snap Peas, and Arugula
  • Fresh Herbs – Mint, Fennel Fronds, and honestly throw in any other herbs you have, chives, parsley, dill, and tarragon would be fantastic
  • Creamy Goodness – Cottage Cheese and Feta Cheese are whipped together for ultimate deliciousness. Dairy free? Try whipping dairy free ricotta with lemon zest!
  • Staples – Olive Oil, Lemon, Red Pepper Flakes, Salt and Pepper

Tips and Instructions:

How to Pick the Best Sugar Snap Peas

Sugar snap peas should be sweet, snappy, and crunchy, but if you end up with older sugar snaps they are bland, mealy and yucko. Use these tips to purchase the best Sugar Snaps:

  1. Sugar snaps should be medium to bright dark green, firm and crisp
  2. Avoid buying sugar snap peas that are wrinkled, limp, dry along the seam, or covered in spots
  3. If peas are very plump it means that they are older.
bowl of chopped sugar snap peas and asparagus

Steps and Pro Tips:

  1. Make the whipped feta and cottage cheese by adding ingredients to a food processor and whipping until creamy and cloud like. Set aside
  2. Prep Veggies – wash and chop the asparagus and sugar snaps into thirds. Prep herbs by ripping into bite size bits and setting aside.
  3. Lightly – and I mean lightly! saute the sugar snaps and asparagus in a large cast iron skillet with olive oil. You want the veggies to be lightly cooked but still supremely crunchy and bright. – allow the veggies to cool a bit. Season with crushed red pepper and lemon zest (and salt and pepper).
spoon holding whipped feta and cottage cheese
sugar snap peas and asparagus in a cast iron skillet
  1. Spread feta cloud on a plate and top with the sweet sugar snap peas, asparagus, fresh arugula, rip herbs on top, season with additional flaky salt, fresh lemon juice, and more lemon zest

    Storage Tips:

    • STORAGE – Store the feta cloud in a separate container from the veggies. It is optional to lightly heat the veggies before serving leftovers, but the salad is also delicious served cold.
    close up of sugar snap pea salad with asparagus and herbs

    Dietary Modifications

    This recipe is naturally gluten free, vegetarian, Low Fodmap friendly, and Keto friendly and modifiable in the following ways:

    • Dairy-Free, Vegan, Paleo and Whole 30 Friendly – Replace the cottage cheese and feta with a dairy free ricotta.

    I can’t wait for you to try this! When you make it, snap a photo and tag me on Instagram @abrapappa or use the hashtag #abraskitchen so I can feature your photo! 

    If you’ve tried this recipe, don’t forget to rate it and leave a comment below!

    Sugar Snap Pea Salad with Whipped Feta

    Sugar Snap Pea and Asparagus Salad with Whipped Feta

    Abra Pappa, MS, CNS, LDN

    A bright zesty salad of spring sugar snap peas, asparagus, and fresh herbs nestled on a cloud of creamy whipped feta and cottage cheese.

    Prep Time 10 minutes

    Cook Time 5 minutes

    Course Salad

    Cuisine American

    Servings 2 servings (as a main dish, 4 as a side dish)

    Calories 446 kcal

    Ingredients  

    • 1 bunch asparagus woody ends removed and chopped into thirds
    • 3 cups sugar snap peas cut into thirds
    • 1 tbsp olive oil
    • 1 tsp crushed red pepper
    • 1 lemon juice and zest
    • 1 cup arugula
    • 1/4 cup fresh herbs mint, fennel fronds, tarragon, dill, parsley, chives (you can use one type of herb or several)
    • 1/4 tsp sea salt and black pepper

    Whipped Feta

    • 1 cup cottage cheese
    • 2 tbsp feta cheese
    • 1 tsp feta brine

    Instructions 

    • Chop asparagus and sugar snap peas into thirds. heat a large skillet over medium heat add olive oil and veggies. Saute for 3-4 minutes until veggies are just beginning to cook but still retain crunch and freshness. Season with salt and pepper and crushed red pepper. Remove from heat and add about 1/4 tsp of lemon zest.
    • While veggies are cooking prepare the whipped feta by adding cottage cheese, feta, and feta brine to a food processor and whipping until creamy and cloud like. Add a bit of crushed black pepper and set aside.

    • Assemble by spreading the whipped feta cloud on a plate and topping with veggies. Add fresh arugula, herbs, a squeeze of lemon juice and more lemon zest. Finish with flaky sea salt.

    Notes

    How to Destring Sugar Snap Peas
    Most sugar snap peas contain tough strings that are not pleasant to eat. If you happen upon stringless varieties the prep is certainly easier, if not here is the best way to destring a sugar snap pea:
    Snap peas have 2 strings that run along the top seam or the concave portion of the pod. To find the top seam place the pea pod on your cutting board so it looks like a smile, the strings will be at the top bit that dips down. Use a small pairing knife to make a slit on the underside of the pod without removing the tail piece entirely. Use the dangling tail piece like a zipper and pull across the pod in the opposite direction to remove the string.

    Nutrition

    Serving: 1serving (1/2 the recipe)Calories: 446kcalCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 30gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 849mgPotassium: 1156mgFiber: 13gSugar: 16gVitamin A: 4070IUVitamin C: 132mgCalcium: 378mgIron: 11mg

    FAQ

    How to Destring Sugar Snap Peas

    Most sugar snap peas contain tough strings that are not pleasant to eat. If you happen upon stringless varieties the prep is certainly easier, if not here is the best way to destring a sugar snap pea: Snap peas have 2 strings that run along the top seam or the concave portion of the pod. To find the top seam place the pea pod on your cutting board so it looks like a smile, the strings will be at the top bit that dips down. Use a small pairing knife to make a slit on the underside of the pod without removing the tail piece entirely. Use the dangling tail piece like a zipper and pull across the pod in the opposite direction to remove the string.

    Are Sugar Snap Peas and Snow Peas the Same?

    Sugar snap peas are a cross between snow peas and garden peas. The pods of snow peas are flat wheareas the pods of sugar snaps are rounded

    Can you Eat Sugar Snap Peas Raw?

    Absolutely, you can eat raw sugar snap peas, I do it all the time. They are wonderful raw or you can blanch them quickly in boiling water, then add to an large bowl of cold water to stop the cooking.



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