Let’s face it—peas don’t have the sexiest rep. We’ve been force-fed enough neon green cafeteria soups to know that when life gives you peas, you leave them in the freezer forever. But the snap pea is a different beast entirely, and it’s taking the food world by storm. A refreshing, sweet, and impossibly crunchy treat, the sugar snap is bringing sexy back to peas everywhere. We eat them fresh by the bagful (or two) and crisp them up for a lighter alternative to chips. Plus—they’re loaded with vitamin C, vitamin A, and fiber.

From snap pea slaw to sugar snap ricotta toast, these sugar snap pea recipes showcase just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what the humble pea can do. So do yourself a favor and give snap peas a chance.

Parmesan Panko Sugar Snap Peas

Delicious on their own, snap peas become even more irresistible when topped with cheese. This recipe transforms a garden gem into a crispy snack way better than any veggie crisp you’ve ever bought.

Snap Pea Slaw With Avocado Chive Cream

In our opinion, the cup is always half full when there are snap peas in it. Fill these to the brim with fresh snap peas, radishes, and avocado, and add a little lemon and chives or green onion to the top for a tasty garnish. Oh, and if you haven’t noticed, this relatively simple recipe looks pretty damn sophisticated.

Grilled Sugar Snap Peas With Lemon Oregano Butter

Grilling season isn’t just about hot dogs and burgers anymore. No need for meat—we’d whip out the grill just for these smokey, buttery veggies. Can’t wait for the summer to try this recipe out? No worries—grab a grill pan for the same charred flavor.

Snap Pea and Raddichio Basil Pizza

Yes—snap pea pizza is a real thing. Some might even call it a pea-zza. Topped with lots of cheese, fresh basil and lemon, and baked egg, this colorful pizza is a summer favorite. If you don’t have radicchio on hand (or... um... don't know what it is), feel free to swap it out for some fresh arugula once your pizza has cooked. You can bake this in the oven or on a pizza stone, but we suggest firing up the grill to get those peas extra crispy.

Edamame Snap Pea Salad With Ginger Dressing

Edamame is basically a saltier snap pea without clothes, so it’s no wonder these two fit together so naturally in this sweet and savory dish. Tossed with sesame oil, ginger, and soy sauce, this salad makes a great side for dinner or a standalone lunch.

Herb and Cheese Stuffed Snap Peas

Two peas in a pod are cute. But ricotta cheese and herbs in there? That’s hot. These classy little herby sugar snaps make amazing appetizers, potluck fare, or accidental lunch.

Grilled Snap Pea and Whipped Ricotta Toast

Avocado has sat on the toast throne for far too long—and this grilled snap pea and whipped ricotta toast makes us call for a coup. With a drizzle of fresh honey, this makes for a beautiful crunchy and creamy snack, appetizer, or light lunch.

Sugar Snap Pea and Carrot Soba Noodles

If you’re ready to take your snap pea relationship to the next level, make it a dinner date. This entree isn’t just peas—it’s loaded with edamame, carrots, toasted sesame seeds, soba noodles, and lots of flavors. Top with cilantro, grated ginger, and a few crushed peanuts, and we’re sure there will be a second date.

Miso Oatmeal With Charred Snap Peas

Yep, this means there’s a way for you to eat snap peas as soon as the sun comes up. Or, since it’s packed with veggies, miso, and soy, all day long.

Summer Strawberry, Snap Pea, Avocado, and Walnut Salad

While this salad may have all the flavors of summer, we’d eat it in the dead of winter too. Simple to throw together, this fresh salad features soft, sweet strawberry; crunchy walnuts; and creamy avocados for a light lunch or side.

quinoa confetti salad with sugar snap peas

This zesty and fresh quinoa salad lets snap peas do what they do best. Tossed into a light grain bowl filled with carrots, red onion, and pumpkin seeds, these little characters add just the right amount of crunch.

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