Cross it off your calendar: We've officially entered late spring. With the start of summer only 36 days away (not that we're counting), we're taking full advantage of the plentiful mid-May produce that's overflowing in the aisles at our local grocery store. That said, we've found one vegetable in particular best bridges this gap between seasons: sugar snap peas.
Satisfyingly crunchy, refreshing, and hearty, this veggie holds up in everything from a salad drenched in creamy dressing to a pizza topped with salty prosciutto. Spanning a lemony pasta recipe that only takes 30 minutes to make to a chilled soba noodle bowl complete with sesame salmon poke, ahead are five sugar snap peas recipes that will convince you to add the versatile spring veggie to your cart now—before it's out of season.
Green Pea and Asparagus Burrata Pizza
The Hero Ingredient: The lemon pepper basil vinaigrette lends a freshness to this spring pizza.
The Pro Tip: Opt for fresh sugar snap peas over frozen if you can, advises recipe creator Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest. "They just hold up much better to the heat and taste amazing with a little char," she explains.
The Serving Suggestion: Top with creamy burrata, salty prosciutto, and chives before slicing.
The Hero Ingredient: The snap peas really steal the spotlight in this aptly named spring salad. (The official recipe name is A Real Mess of Peas, if you were wondering.)
The Pro Tip: Recipe creator Laura of The First Mess recommends soaking the shallots to mellow out their bite. "Place the sliced shallots in a small bowl and cover them with the red wine vinegar," she notes. "Let the shallots soften up in this until you're ready to serve the salad."
The Serving Suggestion: Garnish with extra sprigs of dill.
Artichoke and Pea Rigatoni Pasta
The Hero Ingredient: The marinated artichoke hearts take this spring pasta to the next level without adding a ton of prep time to the recipe.
The Pro Tip: Make this recipe your own by adding additional toppings. Recipe creator Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest "added some green olives for a punch of salty flavor, and plenty of fresh herbs to keep the pasta bright and springy."
The Serving Suggestion: Be sure to reserve one cup of pasta water to create a sauce (along with fresh lemon juice) before plating.
Spring Vegetable Potstickers With Sweet Chili Soy Dip
The Hero Ingredient: The spring vegetables (including sugar snap peas, of course) make up the filling of these delectable potstickers.
The Pro Tip: For a low-carb option, "you could wrap the cooked veggies with lettuce leaves and nix the sauteeing step," offers recipe creator Laura of The First Mess.
The Serving Suggestion: Serve with a sweet chili soy dipping sauce (recipe included).
Sugar Snap Peas Soba Noodles With Sesame Salmon Poke
The Hero Ingredient: The mango's sweetness balances out the spicy flavors in these sugar snap peas–filled soba noodle bowls.
The Pro Tip: The fresher the fish, the better. "The salmon poke is a simple ginger garlic marinade, but don't let the short list of ingredient fool you," says recipe creator Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest. "As long as you have good salmon, the poke going to be so delicious."
The Serving Suggestion: Sprinkle some sesame seeds over each bowl before digging in.
Looking for more seasonal recipes? Check out five spring salads best enjoyed alfresco with a glass of rosé.