Spring Pea and Radish Farro Salad with Lemon Mint Vinaigrette
Nutty farro, crunchy radishes, and sweet peas are tossed together in a tart lemon mint dressing in this bright Spring Pea and Radish Farro Salad!
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Pass the Peas
Do you like peas? When I was a kid, peas and carrots was one of my favorite side dishes. Actually it was one of the only vegetable side dishes I ate. But for some reason, as I got older peas lost their appeal.
Many people think of peas as the mushy, overcooked side dish served alongside mashed potatoes and gravy in the school cafeteria. We’ve all heard the common refrain from parents, “Eat your peas, please,” as if it’s some awful chore to do. But the truth is, peas are delicious, especially when they’re put to use in flavorful and interesting ways.
Spring is prime time for green peas and although frozen peas are a good substitute year round, there’s nothing like the bright green fresh peas you see at farmers markets and in supermarkets this time of year.
Personally I don’t like shelling my own peas – it’s an extra step I don’t have time for when I’m trying to get meals on the table with my kids clamoring at my side. But luckily many supermarkets sell fresh peas (also known as English peas, spring peas, and garden peas) already shelled. I buy mine at Trader Joe’s in the fresh produce section.
Ways to Enjoy Fresh Spring Peas
There are so many delicious ways to enjoy fresh spring peas. Just this week I sautéed them with bell pepper, radishes, and bok choy to add to a peanut tofu quinoa bowl (a twist on my Peanut Soba Noodles with Crispy Baked Tofu and Vegetables recipe). I’ve also used them to make pesto or this 3-Ingredient Minty Pea Dip for pasta dishes or to spread on crostini as an appetizer. And of course they’re delicious for a spring pea soup.
Sometimes I just blanch them and add them to salads, especially with hearty grains like I did in this farro salad recipe featured in my May Culinary Corner column of Today’s Dietitian Magazine. I made this pea and radish farro salad again for a Mother’s Day celebration at my mom’s house and it was a great side dish next to grilled chicken and burgers. It’s also delicious on its own for lunch mixed with arugula with some feta cheese sprinkled on top, which is how I enjoyed the leftovers (along with some beets, as seen on Instagram). And don’t forget to add it to the list of recipes you can take on a picnic!
Head on over to my article to learn more about the nutritional benefits of peas and then get into the kitchen to make this easy, flavor-packed spring pea and radish farro salad!
Spring Pea and Radish Farro Salad with Lemon Mint Vinaigrette
Nutty farro, crunchy radishes, and sweet peas are tossed together in a tart, refreshing lemon mint dressing in this bright spring salad. Serve as a side dish or top with feta cheese for a vegetarian lunch.
Vegan, Nut-Free, Kosher
For the Salad:
- 1 cup shelled English peas (or frozen peas)
- 1 1/2 cups pearled farro
- 1 cup thinly sliced radishes
- 1/4 cup chopped mint
- Zest of 1 lemon
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
For the Dressing:
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Freshly ground pepper, to taste
- Fill a small pot about three-quarters full with water and bring to a boil. Add the peas and blanch for 1 minute. Using a slotted spoon, transfer peas to a strainer and run under cold water to stop the cooking process.
- Add the farro to the pot of water and bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer, cover, and cook 15 to 20 minutes until the water is almost all absorbed and the farro is tender but not mushy. Cover and remove from heat for five minutes. Transfer to a large bowl to cool slightly, about 10 minutes.
- Add peas, radishes, mint, lemon zest, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt to the bowl and toss with the farro.
- To make dressing, whisk together lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, remaining 1/4 teaspoon of salt, and freshly ground pepper, to taste, in a small bowl or glass measuring cup. Pour dressing over farro salad and toss to combine.
Make it gluten free and wheat free by using sorghum or quinoa in place of farro!
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 9
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 130Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 128mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 3gSugar: 7gProtein: 4g
Nutrition information was calculated by Nutritionix. It may not be 100% accurate.
Do you like green peas?
What’s your favorite way to incorporate them into your diet?
Share with me in the comments below!
Love green peas! The lemon mint dressing sounds perfect for this salad!!
Thanks Lindsay! Hope you give it a try with a gluten-free grain like quinoa or sorghum!
I love that you’re featuring peas- they need to be made cool again! 🙂 Our whole family loves them- the girls eat them right out of the freezer!
Thanks Laura, I totally agree! So great your girls eat them frozen and all!
I literally just pulled out my farro- looks like I just need to get radishes now! What a fun recipe you’ve got here!
Yay! Can’t wait for you to make it!
So many great flavours and ingredients packed into this! Love it!
Thanks Laura! Enjoy!
Yum! I don’t think I’ve ever tried farro but this looks delicious and like a great way to make something other than rice. (that’s all I make, pasta and rice lol). Will be bookmarking!
Thanks Patty! You have to try it – it’s so delicious! Hope you branch out and give it a whirl 😉
I am with everyone else – I love green peas too. I throw them in everything – from salads to pasta.
So glad to hear that! So happy peas are getting the love they deserve!
Looks great! I also love using peas in pesto – they add such a delicious, subtle sweetness!
Thanks Jamie! Love making pea and mint pesto on crostini. Yum!
Just LOVE farro and peas 🙂 The radishes sound like they add a great texture and that mint addition sounds great!
Thanks Kelly! It’s super delish. I hope you give it a try this spring!
I LOVE peas, but haven’t made them in so long for some reason. Thanks for reminding me to pick some up and to start using that big bag of farro I have in my cupboard. Love all your seasonal recipes. xoxo
So happy to give you a reminder! I’m glad to find another pea lover 🙂 Thank you so much!
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What a delicious spring dish! I love those sliced radish’s! Have to add this to my spring bbq lineup!
Thanks Kristina. It’s a nice light side dish for barbecues and brunches! Hope you enjoy.
I love everything in this salad! Love the change in veggies with the peas and radish in there!
Thanks so much Krista – it’s great for a spring or early summer barbecue!
So beautiful! Perfect for spring and warmer weather days. I’d love to make this for lunch!
Thanks Christine, Hope you make it soon!