16 Delicious Ways to Serve Fresh Peas

Peas in all their guises -- snap peas, English peas, and pea pods -- all speak of spring. Here are great recipes that incorporate peas into appetizers, mains, and side dishes in new and tasty ways.

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Watermelon Radishes and Snow Peas
Watermelon Radishes and Snow Peas

    The watermelon radish, a mild radish, is tossed with pea pods and a vinaigrette for this side-dish salad.

Sugar Pea and Jerusalem Artichoke Saute

    Sugar snap peas and Jerusalem artichokes join forces to make a refreshing, different, and quick side dish. Jerusalem artichokes (also called "sunchokes") are not artichokes -- they're the root of the sunflower. They can be enjoyed raw or lightly cooked.

Chilled Lemony Pea Soup

    Refreshing pea and mint soup with a hint of lemon. This cold soup is a light and refreshing starter made for sipping. To serve it hot, transfer the soup mixture to a saucepan after blending. Cook and stir over low heat until it's just heated through. Serve immediately.

Peas-at-Ease Salad

    Sugar snap peas and carrots team up with a subtly fresh vinaigrette for a stunning presentation of a simple salad. Don't fret over the pea pods that pop open during cooking. They add fun to the presentation of this salad.

Ravioli and Snap Peas

    A light, lemony cream sauce turns store-bought ravioli and snap peas into a spectacular meal.

Spring Pea Soup

    A subtle touch of tarragon enhances the flavor of this chunky pea soup that becomes a hearty spring meal when topped with a baguette slice piled with prosciutto and feta cheese.

Fettuccine with Fennel, Shrimp, and Peas

    Stir-fry a colorful blend of shrimp, fennel, and snow peas and toss with pasta in a light wine sauce. This pasta dish says spring loud and clear.

Arugula and Pea Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette

    A brightly flavored mixture of arugula, peas, baby Swiss chard, spring onions, and strawberries is tossed with a simple dressing that highlights the fresh produce.

Pan-Seared Tilapia with Almond Browned Butter and Snow Peas

    A mildly flavored fish, tilapia, is a great vehicle to let you thoroughly enjoy the delicate flavor of peas and a browned butter sauce with almonds. This simple preparation will be used time and again. Just make sure to use a nonstick skillet for best results.

Gingery Sugar Snap Peas

    A light coating of sweet peach preserves, soy sauce, and ginger tempts even children to enjoy the pleasures of crisp-tender sugar snap peas.

Seven-Layer Noodle Salad

    A noodle salad with a decidedly Asian slant -- rice noodles, peanut sauce, snow peas, cabbage, daikon (an Asian white radish), and broccoli. To make this into a main dish salad, add a layer of cooked shrimp or chicken.

Shades-of-Green Pasta

    All things green and fresh -- baby artichokes, leeks, peas, mint, and parsley -- make this pasta dish a delight for all the senses.

Fresh Pea Soup

    Mild Boston lettuce mellows the flavor of garden-fresh peas in this exquisite soup. You can make the chilled soup up to one day ahead for an easy-to-serve first course.

Nutty Cucumber Sandwiches

    Select chevre that has been rolled in cracked black pepper to add another flavor dimension to this sandwich featuring pea pods, cucumber, soy nuts, and tomato.

Asian Primavera Stir-Fry

    Fettuccine, ginger, and sugar snap peas come together with chicken, carrots, and dried mushrooms for a satisfying meal that delivers on taste and nutrition.

Cider Peas and Apples

    Apple cider accents the sweet taste of peas in this simple recipe. It's easy -- only four ingredients -- as well as delicious.

Pea and Macaroni Salad

    Pea pods and peas accent this creamy rendition of macaroni salad. It's given an extra zip of flavor with horseradish mustard. You don't need to allow macaroni to cool before mixing with the creamy, mustard-tinged dressing.

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