Summer Pea Salad
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Summer Pea Salad



I know what you're probably thinking, "PEAS? There's no way my kids will eat peas, let alone a salad." Well, I'm going to put forth a challenge to you. I'm willing to wager that if you get your kids involved in making this delicious dish with you, either shelling fresh peas or even defrosting frozen ones and then helping you toss all of the ingredients together, they will be excited about eating it (and their veggies in general).

My kids probably aren't that different than yours when it comes to being challenging about what they'll eat (and when they'll eat it). However, time and again I find that by just by letting them have a little independence in the kitchen and allowing them to take part in the cooking process with me -- instead of me just making their meal and putting it in front of them -- makes them have some pride of ownership over the food and embrace eating whatever it is we make together. It may not work on the first try, but don't give up. Eventually it catches on.

Now, what will be your grand prize should you choose to accept this challenge? A new car? A free getaway to Brazil? How about kids who want to eat their veggies....and actually think it's cool? That's better than a new car, isn't it?

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Summer Pea Salad  (Serves 4)

  • Prep Time: 3 mins,
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I know what you're probably thinking, "PEAS? There's no way my kids will eat peas, let alone a salad." Well, I'm going to put forth a challenge to you. I'm willing to wager that if you get your kids involved in making this delicious dish with you,...


  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups green peas, cooked & cooled
  • 1/4 cup red onions, diced
  • 1/2 cup celery, diced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta or goat cheese
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, cilantro or mint


  1. 1. Place the first 3 ingredients in a large bowl and whisk to combine.
  2. 2. Add the rest of the ingredients and combine.
  3. 3. Serve.
Summer Pea Salad

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  7. Jessica Long

    April 12, 2014 at 10:59 am

    I didn’t know kids didnt like peas :) We love peas in this house! Can’t wait to try this recipe

  8. Mary

    March 29, 2013 at 4:40 am

    Delicious! I knew my husband and I would love it, but I wasn’t sure about my 15 month old. Success!

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  11. Misty

    September 6, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    This salad is SO good!! Made it for my husband and I tonight, and he loved it! Can’t wait till my baby girl gets big enough to try it! YUMMY!!!

  12. MA

    July 23, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    This was so good! Love the crunch of the celery and all the flavors mix so well together. My 16 month old loved it…could not believe a little guy could like feta cheese. Just made the celery well chopped for him. My 3.5 year old is a toughie, but she left the dish on her plate and picked out the peas and tomatoes. Really great dish and awesome for the summer!!

  13. Meghna

    July 22, 2011 at 10:54 am

    Absolutely delish! So easy to make. I doubled the recipe for a picnic party and got raving reviews from all! Not to mention my 3 year old and 11 month old gobbled their portions right up!

  14. Jennifer

    July 21, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    This looks tasty :)
    My 1 1/2 year old daughter LOVES peas. I think she’d like this, the surprise will be if she eats the tomatoes.

  15. Kelli

    July 19, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    I made this delicious salad tonight! I didn’t have any feta and just finished up the goat cheese yesterday; I chopped up mini Babybel instead. The salad was easy, fast & fresh tasting. I’m sure it will be even tastier tomorrow, at lunch, after marinating overnight.
    Thanks for all the wonderful culinary inspirations for the whole family!

  16. Franki

    July 19, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    Luckily enough for us, the one vegetable our 3 year old daughter will eat without complaint are the peas from our container garden on our balcony. This recipe is perfect timing for us! Can’t wait to try it out.

  17. Candice

    July 19, 2011 at 1:56 am

    I just saw an axe commerical…was that you? If so..awesome!

  18. Katie @ Healthnut Foodie

    July 18, 2011 at 9:05 am

    Hi Catherine! Thank you so much for the great reminder! Annie (my 3 1/2 year old) voluntarily ate fresh peas for the first time at the farmer’s market when one of her favorite farmer’s showed her how much fun it was to “shell” them. Now, she enthusiastically pulls frozen ones out of the freezer! Whoo-hoo! (It only took about 100 exposures.)

    • Theresa

      July 18, 2011 at 6:23 pm

      My daughter is 2 1/2 and I have been exposing her to a variety of fruits and veggies since she was 9 months old. I prefer veggies to meat. She, however, will eat very few fruits or veggies :( She even loves being involved in the cooking process- I let her measure, stir, portion, but then won’t eat the final product. Today we made the pizza muffins (she picked off the cheese, wiped off the sauce and ate the bread) and we made the bananna wee-germ muffins (she didn’t like them) :( I am glad to hear that it took your daugher 100 exposures but she finally did it. I will keep at it!!!!!

    • catherine

      July 18, 2011 at 9:24 am

      100 exposures, but at the end she loves them. Kudos to you!

  19. Ira

    July 18, 2011 at 6:38 am

    great !!