Best pea salad I’ve ever made. I recommend this recipe to everyone

This quick and easy Pea Salad with Bacon recipe is a delicious addition to any meal! Perfect for small or large gatherings, this easy side salad can be pulled together in just minutes and can also be made up to three days in advance.

Pea Salad
Peas have been my favorite vegetable as long as I can remember so this easy salad is a personal favorite of mine. If peas aren’t your favorite, you may be surprised at how much you love this old fashioned creamy pea salad!

Classic Pea Salad is a delicious combination of sweet peas, bacon, cheddar cheese, red onion and a simple, zesty dressing that is whisked together in seconds. This simple side dish is perfect for the summer months and is a welcome addition to potlucks, cookouts, BBQs, and baby showers!

The best part is that this simple, classic side dish can be made in just minutes!

Best pea salad I've ever made. I recommend this recipe to everyone

How Do You Make Pea Salad

Ready for this? It’s crazy easy and so delicious!

  • Place peas in a colander and allow to slightly thaw while preparing the dressing.
  • Whisk together mayonnaise, sour cream, sugar, apple cider vinegar, salt, and black pepper.
  • Add the peas, bacon, cheddar cheese, and red onion and fold/stir to combine.
  • Chill the salad for at least one hour before serving.
  • The pea salad can be made up to 3 days in advance.

What You’ll Need

This pea salad recipe is so simple and I’m betting you already have most of the ingredients on hand.

  • frozen peas – you can use any that you like but I tend to buy the petite peas. I like the flavor and size better.
  • sharp cheddar cheese – I like the cheese cubed in this salad recipe but some prefer it to be shredded, either way works
  • red onion – you want a nice, fine dice for this salad. I love the color and flavor it adds.
  • bacon – the bacon adds a lovely savory, saltiness, and crunch to this salad. Bake up the bacon nice and crisp and chop it for the salad. I like to reserve a couple tablespoons or so to sprinkle on top of the salad right before serving

Best pea salad I've ever made. I recommend this recipe to everyone

Pea Salad Dressing

The dressing reminds me a lot of this broccoli salad dressing. Super easy to make. Just combine the ingredients in a small bowl and whisk together.

  • sour cream – adds a bit of a tang to this delicious, creamy dressing
  • mayonnaise – creates a fabulously creaminess in the dressing
  • granulated sugar – the sugar and vinegar balance each other out
  • apple cider vinegar – see above
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

Best pea salad I've ever made. I recommend this recipe to everyone

FAQs
Do You Need to Cook the Frozen Peas? No, you sure don’t, which is what makes this salad so appealing. Frozen peas and blanched so they have already been partially cooked.

Can You Freeze Pea Salad? Definitely not a great idea. The dressing will most likely separate and the peas will get soggy. This salad is best prepared the day you are serving or up to a couple days in advance.

How Do You Store Leftovers? Leftovers should be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days from the day the salad was prepared.

Can You Use Canned Peas? While it’s possible to use canned peas, the flavor isn’t going to be great and the salad won’t look as appealing because canned peas have a darker, muted color as opposed to the bright green of frozen peas.

Do You Need To Defrost the Peas? Yes, at least partially. You can do this one of two ways:

place the frozen peas in a colander and let them defrost at room temperature while you prep and assemble the rest of the salad and dressing OR
run the frozen peas under cold water for a few seconds and then set aside in a colander to let the water drain

Best pea salad I've ever made. I recommend this recipe to everyone

Variations To Try

  • shredding the cheddar cheese instead of cubing it or using a different type of cheese such as Monterey jack
  • pea salad with eggs is also a popular variation, sometimes referred to as English Pea Salad. Simply dice up a few hard boiled eggs and fold them in with the rest of the ingredients
  • a healthy pea salad variation is simple – substitute turkey bacon or omit the bacon entirely and also sub in Greek yogurt for the mayonnaise
  • substitute bacon bits for the bacon to make this salad even easier to prepare
  • try ranch dressing in place of the mayonnaise or sour cream

Best pea salad I've ever made. I recommend this recipe to everyone

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces frozen petite peas
  • 4 ounces sharp cheddar cheese cubed
  • 1/2 small red onion diced
  • 1/4 pound bacon cooked and finely chopped

Dressing

  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Remove peas from freezer and place in a colander and allow to slightly thaw while preparing the dressing.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, sour cream, sugar, apple cider vinegar, salt, and black pepper.
  • Add the peas, bacon, cheddar cheese, and red onion and fold/stir to combine.
  • Chill the salad for at least one hour before serving. The salad can be made up to 3 days in advance.

Best pea salad I've ever made. I recommend this recipe to everyone

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