This cucumber and green pea side salad is a grown-up and highly nutritious take on that much-maligned vegetable from our childhood. It’s no wonder many of us refused to eat peas when we were children—they were never offered to us in such a crispy, fresh, and enjoyable way.
The green pea is a surprisingly powerful little food—it is high in fiber and a quality source of protein. (In fact, a 2015 study published in Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition found that a pea protein supplement was comparable to whey protein when it came to building muscle.) And compared to other vegetables (although, technically, the pea is as legume), it is quite high in protein. 100g of cooked carrots only contains 0.8g of protein, while 100g of peas contains 5.2g of protein.
On top of that, peas are full of antioxidants, carotenoids, flavonoids, polyphenols, and omega-3 fat. All in all, those little green peas offer a big dose of anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant nutrition.
And just trust us—if these little green guys weren’t your favorite growing up, give this cucumber and green pea side salad a try. We promise it will be an entirely different experience this time around.
Note: as mentioned, green peas are indeed legumes (like chickpeas, beans, and peanuts), so if you are avoiding legumes, you can still try this salad without the peas.
Cucumber and Green Pea Side Salad
Prep Time: 15 minutes
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