Recipe/ Salad/ Side Dish

Pasta and Pea Salad

July 15, 2017 (Last Updated: March 9, 2019)

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

Bowl of Pasta and Pea Salad

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 and Pea Salad served in a large bowl.

Other Great Salads to Try

Pasta and Peas are a perfect combination in this Pasta Pea Salad. This delicious vegan salad is perfect for potlucks or barbecues. #pastasalad #peaandpasta

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*
Total Fat 7.4g 11%
Sodium 150mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 30.2g 10%
Sugars 4.3g
Protein 6.9g 14%
* 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!

  • Reply
    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.

    • Reply
      August 4, 2017 at 7:10 am

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

  • Reply
    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! 🙂

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

    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 🙂

    • Reply
      July 22, 2017 at 6:06 am

      It is so perfect for summer!

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