This easy-to-make recipe is full of the protein and carbohydrates runners need to keep running strong.

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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