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Shaved Snap Pea Salad with Goat Cheese and Dates

A festival of colors, this shaved snap pea salad recipe is as springy as salads get. Sweet peas are tossed with pistachios, dates and fresh mint, then tossed in creamy goat cheese dressing.


Shaved Snap Pea Salad with Goat Cheese and Dates in a bowl

A Springtime Sugar Snap Pea Recipe to Welcome the Season

Crisp, sweet sugar snap peas are one of the first and most exciting of the springtime vegetable bounty. After a long winter of root veggies and squash—all requiring a fair amount of prep and a long cooking time—to say that we’re thrilled to see the first snap peas at the farmers market is an understatement. Best eaten raw and as fresh-off-the-vine as possible, snap peas are as crunchy and juicy and bursting with fresh sweetness as they sound. We created this bright, sweet-tangy, crispy-crunchy salad to celebrate their natural perfection, with dates and honey to highlight their sweetness and the sharpness of fresh mint and goat cheese—in both the dressing and the salad itself—to echo their unique, satisfying snap!

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Here’s What You’ll Need To Make This Shaved Snap Pea Salad

This edible celebration of sugar snap peas is a perfect example of the kind of magic that happens when we really don’t hold back. Like, not even a little. Streaks of chalky white fresh goat cheese, nutty pistachios, sweet dates and those finely sliced snap peas, all flecked with fresh mint and dressed in a creamy, chèvre-honey vinaigrette—this colorful, textural salad recipe is just everything we love on earth in one big, gorgeous bowl.

  • Fresh goat cheese

  • Olive oil

  • Apple cider vinegar

  • Honey

  • Sugar snap peas

  • Medjool dates

  • Pistachios

  • Mint leaves

goat cheese, olive oil and apple cider vinegar in a bowl
shaved snap peas, chopped dates, pistachios, mint in a bowl

Snow Peas vs Snap Peas: A Quick Explainer

You know from the name that both sugar snap peas and snow peas are peas—no tricks here! But other than that, how are they different? And how similar are they? Well:

  • Both snow peas and sugar snap peas are climbing peas that come into season in early spring.

  • Snow peas are flat and almost translucent—you can see the tiny little peas inside the pod through the skin. They’re wonderful in stir-fries—like this Garlic Butter Steak Stir-Fry!

  • Sugar snap peas are a hybrid between snow peas and English garden peas, and they’re a bit more substantial than snow peas. With a similar sweet flavor, you can often use these two types of pea interchangeably, but for this particular recipe, only a sugar snap pea will do! You really need that extra heft and burst of juicy crunch to make this salad work, and snow peas just don’t quite pack the same punch.

Shaved Snap Pea Salad with Goat Cheese and Dates

The Very Best Way to Eat Sugar Snap Peas is....

To make this beautiful, creamy, crunchy snap pea salad! Well, maybe this snap pea salad is second only to warm from the sun and straight off the vine in your own backyard, because what could possibly beat that? But when you’ve had your fill of them plain and raw, whip up this salad and enjoy their perfection all over again in a new way. This makes a hearty side for a really classic, basic dinner—try pairing it with a simple, grilled whole fish, or roast chicken—or a lovely, light lunch. Here’s how to make this shaved snap pea salad:

  1. Prep the salad ingredients! When we say “shaved snap peas” we really mean finely-sliced. No fancy tools needed—just a good, sharp knife. Chop the dates, mint and pistachios, too.

  2. Make the goat cheese dressing! A little food processor makes short work of this, but a good old bowl-and-whisk situation works, too. Just whip all of the salad dressing ingredients together until they are cohesive and smooth.

  3. Put it all together! Toss the prepped salad ingredients with the dressing, and serve!

  4. Garnish the salad with extra dates, pistachios and mint, if you’d like to really make it pretty.

Shaved Snap Pea Salad with Goat Cheese and Dates on a plate

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Shaved Snap Pea Salad with Goat Cheese and Dates
Shaved Snap Pea Salad with Goat Cheese and Dates in a bowl

Not-Boring Salads, Please!

Sometimes we think it’s our sole mission to rewrite the whole “salads are boring” narrative. Salads can be one of the most exciting foods! And they’re usually SO easy to make. We hope you try this snap pea recipe and when you do, let us know about it, OK? Share a photo and tag us on Instagram using @themodernproper and #themodernproper so that we can see your stuff! Happy eating!

Shaved Snap Pea Salad with Goat Cheese and Dates

  • Serves: 6
  • Prep Time:  15 min
  • Cook Time:  5 min
  • Calories: 225


  • 1 lb snap peas, thinly sliced at an angle
  • 6 large medjool dates, roughly chopped (about ¾ cup)
  • ¼ cup pistachios, roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup mint leaves, loosely packed, finely chopped (about 10-14 leaves total)
  • 2 oz goat cheese

Goat Cheese Dressing

  • 2 oz goat cheese
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp unfiltered, apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp honey


  1. In a small bowl or small food processor, whisk or blend all the ingredients together for the goat cheese dressing until fully combined. Set aside. Makes ½ cup.
  2. In a large salad bowl, toss together all ingredients for the salad with the dressing until combined.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories225
  • Protein5 g
  • Carbohydrates19 g
  • Total Fat14 g
  • Dietary Fiber2 g
  • Cholesterol0 mg
  • sodium99 mg
  • Total Sugars14 g

Shaved Snap Pea Salad with Goat Cheese and Dates

Questions & Reviews

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  • Abbey Matye

    Can this be made 1-2 days in advance (dressing on the side) and keep well?

    Totally! Hope you enjoy Abbey!

  • Jessica Hasten

    If this won’t be eaten all at once, would you only dress half and store dressing or is it hearty enough to sit in fridge overnight? Looks amazing!

    You could do it either way! We have stored leftovers in the fridge as is, it doesn't get soggy.

  • Sally jelbart

    Love your salads, always different and always get compliments on them. Thanks

    Thanks Sally, we are so glad you loved it!

  • Cali


    Thanks Cali, so happy you love it!

  • Penny Vere

    Fabulous salad, was a wonderful and rare recipe for snap peas. A little labour intensive to french them but so worth the effort. A big success at the dinner party I took it to. I know I will be passing this one on.

    Thanks Penny, we are so happy it was a hit!

  • Russell

    This is shockingly good. Seriously, it blew my mind. I immediately got seconds, then thirds and still wanted more! And I’m not even exaggerating, it is SO GOOD!

    THANKS RUSSELL! We are so happy you loved it so much!

  • Tresa

    If you're are debating making this recipe DO IT!!!! Holy cow, it's so easy and SO SO SO SO GOOD! I made it for a big BBQ on memorial day and everyone raved. Multiple people THANKED me for making it. I will make this many times again in the future!

    Thank you! So happy to hear everyone loved it!