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A Protein-Packed Spring Pea Pasta Salad Recipe

It’s finally starting to feel like spring, and that gets me excited about spring vegetables. I am definitely a salad-for-lunch girl, but sometimes I need my salads to have a little more heft. And by heft, I mean carbs! This mother runner loves to refuel with some healthy, carbohydrate-filled salads.

This protein-packed spring pea salad is filled with healthy eats to refuel your body after your next run or gym session. Loaded with fresh peas, sugar snap peas, pistachios and bow-tie pasta, this easy and healthy pasta salad will likely become your go-to lunch this spring. Hope you enjoy!

Spring Pea Pasta Salad Recipe

Makes 2 servings

Salad Ingredients:

  • 1 ½  cups cooked bow-tie pasta
  • 1 cup fresh peas
  • 1 cup sugar snap peas
  • 2 cups mixed leaf lettuce (or lettuce of choice)
  • ½ cup pistachios
  • 2 oz. Romano, Gouda or any sharp cheese, diced

Dressing Ingredients:

  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Steam fresh and sugar snap peas in microwave until tender (about 2 minutes). Combine all salad ingredients in large bowl. Whisk together dressing ingredients and drizzle on top. 

Chef’s Notes: I kept this spring pea pasta salad vegetarian; however, you could easily add tuna, grilled chicken, white beans or shrimp for a more filling meal.

Looking for more vegetarian runner fuel? Check out my Meatless Monday ideas each week on ConfessionsOfAMotherRunner.com.

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Confessions of a Mother Runner

Confessions of a Mother Runner

I am Deborah of Confessions of a Mother Runner. I live in Northern Virginia with my husband and two teens. As a lifelong vegetarian, I've always been passionate about healthy living and fitness. Looking for partners in crime, I started my own chapter of Moms Run This Town, which has grown to more than 700 running moms. I've met so many incredible women who inspire me daily to keep moving forward and challenging myself. You can usually find me running with my mom squad and training for the next crazy adventure they have talked me into. The 10K race is my favorite distance and I love the challenge of triathlon races, as well. As a Girls on The Run Coach, nothing makes me happier than volunteering my time to work with elementary school girls. I like to think I am influencing the next generation of female runners and moms-to-be. Vegetarian cooking is one of my passions; you can find original "Meatless Monday" recipes on my blog each week. Readers can contact me on Twitter and Instagram and by visiting my blog, Confessions of a Mother Runner.