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Garlicky Pea Tendrils

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This simple side dish recipe makes good use of a little-known spring vegetable.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Dish Type Side Dish
Cooking Style vegan, Vegetarian
Diet and Health Healthy, low fat
Seasonal Mother's Day, spring
Ingredient Pea Tendrils
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Servings 4 servings
Author Amy Reiley


  • 1/2 lb pea tendrils
  • 1 tbsp olive oil*
  • 1 clove garlic finely chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp cold water


  • Thoroughly wash the pea tendrils (Be thorough. These greens tend to attract bugs).
  • Heat the oil in a large saute pan. Add the garlic and saute until soft, about one minute.
  • Add the pea tendrils and saute for an additional 2-3 minutes. (The leaves should still be vibrant green but soft.)
  • Season with salt and pepper then remove pan from heat and mix in the water before transferring the tendrils to a serving dish.


*You can substitute with avocado oil or, if you're feeling adventurous, try sautéeing the greens in duck fat.