Sugar Snap Pea and Fennel Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette | Welcoming Spring

Sugar Snap Pea, Spring Pea and Fennel Salad Gourmande in the Kitchen

It’s no surprise to regular readers that I tend to like meals made with as little fuss and pretense as possible.  That’s especially true come spring as the best meals of the season require minimal fussing to begin with because the produce is so fresh and tender during this time.  The sunny skies, mild days and light rains truly work their magic, producing a bounty of beautiful fruits and vegetables.

Everything in spring embodies freshness and lightness.  Fresh salads are made with such ease during this time, and it should also come as no surprise to those of you that have been coming here regularly that I eat a lot of salads.

Sugar Snap Pea, Spring Pea and Fennel Salad Gourmande in the Kitchen

Like soup, I could eat a one every day and never tire of it.  Frankly, when it’s warm and sunny out, all you want sometimes is a salad, especially when it’s light, crisp and filled with the best the season has to offer.

Sometimes I get on a kick; I become mildly obsessed with an ingredient, and find ways to sneak it into almost everything I make. Recently my love affair is with fennel and since we’re already on the subject of salads, I thought I would offer you another favorite recipe of mine for this delicious and delicately flavored vegetable along with a couple of springtime additions.

Sugar Snap Pea, Spring Peas and Fennel Salad Gourmande in the Kitchen

The salad simply tastes like the season.  This double pea and fennel salad is fresh, easy and very spring-like.  A jumble of thinly sliced sugar snap peas, fennel, and tender, mildly sweet baby peas are dressed with an apple cider vinaigrette.  It’s a light and refreshing combination with a satisfying crunch.

I was thrilled to contribute this recipe to the Spring 2012 issue of Flavour Fiesta (pg.74-78) as well as answer a few questions about me, the blog, my cooking and food photography. It’s a beautiful issue filled with fresh ideas and recipes for the spring season published and edited by Divya Yadava, I hope you check it out.

Sugar Snap Pea and Fennel Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette


  • 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil or walnut oil
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped shallots
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 cups sugar snap peas, tough strings removed, cut into thin strips
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 1 small fennel bulb, trimmed and cut into thin strips (reserve a few fronds for garnish)
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ cup toasted walnuts


  1. Whisk together the vinegar, oil, mustard, shallots and salt in a large bowl.
  2. Add the snap peas, peas, fennel, tarragon to bowl.
  3. Toss to coat and season to taste with pepper.
  4. Garnish with fennel fronds and top with toasted walnuts. Season to taste with additional salt and pepper if necessary.

Preparation time: 15 minute(s)

Diet type: Vegan

Diet tags: Gluten Free, Grain Free, Raw

Number of servings (yield): 2 to 4

Copyright © 2010-2012

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  1. says

    This salad is absolutely Gorgeous!!!
    I would say really Sexy!!!! ;-), yes food gets to be good-looking, hot, sexy and everything else in my dictionary….LOL

    Really I love how you presented this salad, your work always always inspire me…

  2. says

    I love this kind of salad and love the flavors and textures you have put together here! And yay for the magazine feature! Beautiful! This inspiring salad just screams Spring!

  3. says

    We never really had a winter here in Atlanta this year and many days have been like spring. However, now I am craving all the beautiful fresh produce that the season offers. This salad is a perfect way to be inspired for spring.

  4. says

    A perfect recipe for Spring! I can’t wait to try it. I have some fennel in the fridge, just need to grab some peas at the market. Dinner tonight for sure! The photos are gorgeous as always!

  5. says

    BT. Before Twitter. I was OK with waiting a bit longer for spring to hit Denver; I’ve lived here 25 years and it’s become normal.

    But now? Now I see people not a mile high enjoying spring while I still see just the bare tips of daffodils coming up and no signs of herbs yet and I groan when I see a photo like this…we still have a month to wait!

    I guess it just means I will be more than ready huh? Because that I am. Seriously!

  6. says

    Beautiful! Always gorgeous photos and equally awesome recipe. I love spring too, it may be my favorite season. I think I say that at the beginning of every season.

  7. says

    I really enjoyed reading your interview Sylvie. And thanks for introducing me to William Meppem! This salad is so you! I love the pairing of blue and green here!

  8. says

    This salad does say spring so light and airy. I haven’t experimented with fennel yet but I am going to give this a try, it’s a beauty. Congrats on the Top 9.

  9. says

    Wonderful crisp, fresh salad, Sylvie. I adore fennel cooked, have never been as fond of it in salads, but this one has me interested. Your simple vinaigrette lets the flavors shine through. Really important with a salad like this.
    Congrats on being featured in Flavour Fiesta. Will check it out.

  10. says

    What a divine, tasty & truly appetizing good for you salad! i love my salads this way! 🙂

    Yummy! We already had our 1st BBQ at our new house in our garden because we have a micro-climat that shows already 35°C in the sun. Yeah to this tasty salad! Another lovely creation of yours! 😉

  11. says

    The green and blue color combination are stunning. Beautiful dish and photos. The salad dressing sounds wonderful.I’m going to try this in regular green salad.

  12. says

    I am bookmarking this recipe. I love fennel. I think its an under appreciated vegetable-it has so much to offer. I have plenty of sugar snap peas growing in the garden waiting for a salad like this one.

    Thanks for sharing.


  13. says

    I feel the same way about food Sylvie and I share your obsession with new ingredients!! This salad looks so refreshing and just screams “spring” to me. I truly wish I had a bowl of it right now – it is making my mouth water!!

  14. says

    I’m totally with you when it comes to salad. I can eat it all year round really ! And fennel indeed has this fresh taste in mouth that’s perfect for spring.

  15. says

    This salad has written Spring all over it ! Flavor fiesta has come out great ! Congratulations to you,other great contributors and Divya 🙂

  16. says

    Hi Sylvie
    I love sugar snap peas. I can’t wait to try your salad! I recently made a spring chopped salad and mentioned your salad in my post.
    Take care!