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Pea Tendril Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

Sharon Palmer

Did you know that those delightful spring-green vines spiraling up your pea trellis are edible? Not only are they edible, they are delightfully crisp and sweet. So, if you’re going with peas, enjoy the green leaves and stems, too—even the flowers offer delectable taste and textures. My farmers market in Ojai sells pea tendrils each spring, and I snap them up while they’re available. If you’re lucky enough to have some pea tendrils growing, give this simple Pea Tendril Salad a try, which layers pea tendrils with crisp, sweet snap peas, pumpkin seeds, and a light and lovely lemon vinaigrette.

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Pea Tendril Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

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  • Author: The Plant-Powered Dietitian
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings (about 1 ½ cups each) 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Put those pea tendrils—the vines, stems and flowers from green pea plants—to work in a delightfully crunchy, sweet salad.




  • 4 cups fresh pea tendrils, including stems, leaves, and flowers
  • 2 cups fresh snap peas
  • ¼ cup pumpkin seeds

Lemon Vinaigrette:

  • 1 lemon
  • 1 ½ tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt to taste (optional)


  1. Gently tea the pea tendrils into small, bite-size pieces and place in a medium salad bowl.
  2. Trim the snap peas and add.
  3. Add the pumpkin seeds.
  4. In a small dish, add the juice and zest of one lemon, olive oil, and salt (optional) and whisk together with a fork.
  5. Drizzle the vinaigrette over the salad, toss gently, and serve immediately.
  6. Makes 4 servings (about 1 ½ cups each)
  • Category: Salad
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 1/2 cups
  • Calories: 104
  • Sugar: 1 g
  • Sodium: 3 mg
  • Fat: 7 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 8 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 2 g

Keywords: pea tendril salad, vegan salad, pea tendril

For other plant-based salads, check out some of my favorites:

Green and Gold Brown Rice Salad
Farmers Market Tomato Arugula Salad
Tuscan Asparagus Fennel Farro Salad

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