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Pasta and Pea Salad

July 15, 2017 (Last Updated: December 11, 2019)

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Simple, light and refreshing salad with peas, pasta and lemon.

Large white bowl filled with small pasta and green peas.

My cousin is visiting for a few days. I told her I wanted a recipe for pasta salad. She said she makes a great Pasta and Pea Salad.

Pasta and Pea Salad with fresh lemon zest on a small plate.

Her method of cooking is throw in a little of this and a little of that. No recipes needed and her food is always amazing. We adjusted to the ingredients we had on hand and measured everything so I could share her recipe!

This Pasta and Pea Salad is definitely a winner! It’s light, tasty and easy to make!

Ingredients for pasta pea salad

  • macaroni pasta
  • peas
  • lemon zest
  • olive oil
  • chives
  • shallots
  • garlic
  • salt and pepper

Pasta and Pea Salad with lemon and chives.

Fresh or Frozen Peas?

The peas are the star of this dish. We used frozen peas because that’s what we had on hand. Frozen peas have amazingly great taste and were great in this salad.

Pasta salad in a large white bowl.

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Salad pasta topped with green peas and chives.

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5 from 2 votes
Pasta and Pea Salad
Pasta and Pea Salad
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
30 mins

Salad macaroni and peas with lemon and chives

Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: frozen pea salad, pasta pea salad, pasta salad, vegan pasta salad
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 214 kcal
Author: Kathy
  • 8 oz salad macaroni pasta
  • 16 oz peas frozen
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 4 teaspoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped chives
  • 2 Tablespoons shallots minced
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse under cool water. Add pasta to a large bowl.

  2. Add peas, lemon zest, lemon juice, olive oil, chives, shallots, garlic and salt and pepper. 

  3. Stir gently until all ingredients are incorporated.

Nutrition Facts
Pasta and Pea Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 214 Calories from Fat 67
% Daily Value*
Fat 7.4g11%
Sodium 150mg7%
Carbohydrates 30.2g10%
Sugar 4.3g5%
Protein 6.9g14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



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  • Reply
    May 1, 2019 at 4:05 am

    That looks so fresh and delicious! I have been craving pea salad, but I might need to make this instead!

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    August 3, 2017 at 6:49 am

    I love the simplicity of this! Sometimes it’s the recipes with the shortest ingredient lists that pack the most powerful flavor punches. I’ve always been curious about what to do with such small pasta shapes like this one, but this looks perfect for a dish like this, where the other ingredients are similarly sized.

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      August 4, 2017 at 7:10 am

      I totally agree! Not everything wonderful needs to be complicated.

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    July 30, 2017 at 10:37 am

    Pasta and peas was a staple of my childhood, but your slightly fancied-up version might be just right for my more adult palate! šŸ™‚

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    Ben | Havocinthekitchen
    July 23, 2017 at 7:28 am

    5 stars
    The method of cooking when you “throw in a little of this and a little of that” is my favorite. Indeed, it often results in most scrumptious meals. The problem is when I need to reconstruct the recipe later on, that’s the issue (Well, while cooking I often keep a piece of paper to track all the ingredients/amounts/time, but sometimes this doesn’t work hah). Peas is one of my favorite additions to pasta so this simple yet delicious salad sounds great to me!

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    Pamela (BrooklynFarmGirl)
    July 21, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    This salad sounds amazing ,it’s so perfect for the summer šŸ™‚

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      July 22, 2017 at 6:06 am

      It is so perfect for summer!

  • Reply
    July 20, 2017 at 6:14 am

    5 stars
    SO simple and delicious! Love the combination of pasta and peas!

    • Reply
      July 22, 2017 at 6:08 am

      It’s a great combination!

  • Reply
    July 19, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    I love peas and feel like so often they don’t get any love!! This pasta salad sounds wonderful!

    • Reply
      July 22, 2017 at 6:11 am

      We need to give them some love! Eat more pasta and pea salad!!! šŸ™‚

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    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    July 19, 2017 at 5:21 am

    What a great recipe from your cousin! Super light and love that pop of freshness and colour from the peas šŸ™‚ !

    • Reply
      July 19, 2017 at 6:01 am

      It is a wonderful salad!

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    David @ Spiced
    July 18, 2017 at 5:36 am

    Your cousin’s method of cooking sounds like Laura’s! She always whips up amazing dishes, but she never has a recipe…so it’s impossible to recreate them exactly. Glad you committed this one to paper (err, digital paper) because now you can recreate it whenever you want! šŸ™‚ Hope your cousin’s visit has been fun!

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      July 19, 2017 at 5:14 am

      I do write all recipes down in a notebook when I’m cooking. I’m always making changes as I go. We’ve got this one saved now! I’m going to need to tap into her cooking brain for more great recipes!

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    stacey @ The Sugar Coated Cottage
    July 17, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    I love peas in my pasta salad, its such a nice pop of color and texture! Great choice in pasta to. Pinned. Take care.

    • Reply
      July 19, 2017 at 5:14 am

      Thanks, Stacey!

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    Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen
    July 17, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    This pasta and peas salad is really easy peasy and so delicious. This is gonna make a super healthy and light summer meal.

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    July 17, 2017 at 9:29 am

    YUM! I love how light and summery this is! I usually add mayo to my mac and pea salad – but this will be happening! Delicious!!

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    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    July 17, 2017 at 5:54 am

    Such a nice, light summer salad Kathy!

  • Reply
    July 15, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    I love this! Whenever I’m feeling lazy and just want to make a quick pasta for dinner, I ALWAYS add peas, so this is right up my alley. And so perfect for summer!

    • Reply
      July 16, 2017 at 6:28 am

      Peas add such great flavor to just about anything!

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    Laura ~ Raise Your Garden
    July 15, 2017 at 6:33 am

    Awww, I love the simplicity of this, not to mention the eye-popping green color! Nice for summer but equally nice for Easter and Spring!!

    • Reply
      July 15, 2017 at 7:46 am

      The green color is fabulous….and oh so tasty!

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