This Creamy Pea Salad is a nice change from the typical potato or pasta salads found at barbecues and potlucks. It requires very little cooking with just a little bit of chopping and mixing – it could easily be a no-cook recipe if you buy precooked bacon! It doesn’t get much easier than that!
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This Creamy Pea Salad is a nice change from the typical potato or pasta salads found at barbecues and potlucks. It requires very little cooking with just a little bit of chopping and mixing – in fact, it could easily be a no-cook recipe if you buy precooked bacon!
I don’t know about y’all, but I love cool side salads in the summer! They just seem so refreshing in the summer heat.
Although I love a good potato or macaroni salad, sometimes, I want something just a bit different! This Creamy Pea Salad is one of my personal favorites, and it’s soon to become one of yours too!
The recipe is sooooo easy, and it’s always a hit! I’ve had this in my recipe file for more than 20 years, and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve given this recipe to friends and family!
I’ve even had people who dislike peas enjoy my creamy pea salad – it’s that good!
Bring it to your next summer get-together – it’s excellent picnic food! (Then again, it’s probably good at any time of the year, to be honest!)
Pea Salad with Bacon: Ingredients & Equipment
To make this Pea Salad recipe, you’ll need …
- frozen peas – thawed and drained. There’s no need to cook these beforehand – just thaw them, and they’re ready to go! You can also use canned peas if that’s what you have on hand or if that’s what you prefer.
- cheddar and mozzarella cheese – diced. These provide an even more creamy texture to your salad. You can also shred it if you prefer.
- bacon – cooked and crumbled. It gives a more delicious crunch to your pea salad, and anyway, who doesn’t LOVE bacon? Don’t want to cook at all? Find already cooked bacon for an even easier side dish!
- red onion – for flavor and more crunch!
- salt and pepper – to taste.
- Miracle Whip or mayonnaise – a summer salad classic that turns all these ingredients from fine to fab!
NOTE: Personally, I like the simplicity of this recipe, but feel free to play around with it a bit. Sometimes if I have fresh dill on hand, I’ll throw a bit of that in there as well. Also, some people love to add eggs or cashews to their pea salad.
- large bowl – for mixing together all your ingredients. No-fuss, no drama! 😎
Green Pea Salad: FAQs
Absolutely!! I’d say you can make this up to two days ahead and store it in the fridge. Just don’t add the bacon until right before serving, or else you’ll get, well, mushy bacon. Ew! I’d also stir it before serving, as well. But overall, it’s one of those perfect event/get-together foods!
In an airtight container, in the fridge, for 3-4 days. Don’t leave it out on the counter or the picnic table for very long – maybe just 2 hours. Remember, this has dairy in it, so it spoils/goes bad faster than most foods.
Just 10 minutes! Not 10 minutes and more time to cook … not 10 minutes in addition to some other step … just 10 minutes. Easy!
About ten servings or ten small bowls!
I know a lot of people like to add hard-boiled eggs or cashews to their pea salads – those are big ones! Some other ideas:
– peppers of any kind
– cayenne for spice
– diced celery or water chestnuts
– garlic or garlic powder
Here are a few I’ve seen or tried:
– you can switch out the diced cheese for shredded cheese if you prefer
– Greek yogurt or ranch dressing instead of Miracle Whip/mayo
– Canadian bacon or ham instead of the bacon (gasp!)
– green onion or Vidalia onion instead of red onion
Other recipes you may enjoy
- 2 packages (16 oz. each) frozen peas, thawed and drained
- 1/2-1 cup diced Cheddar cheese
- 1/2-1 cup diced Mozzarella cheese
- 1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped
- 1 cup Miracle Whip or mayonnaise
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 1/2 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled
- In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well.
- Refrigerate until serving.
Additions and substitutions
I know a lot of people like to add hard-boiled eggs or cashews to their pea salads - those are big ones! Some other ideas:
- add peppers of any kind
- cayenne for spice
- diced celery or water chestnuts
- garlic or garlic powder
- you can switch out the diced cheese for shredded cheese if you prefer
- try Greek yogurt or ranch dressing instead of Miracle Whip/mayo
- use Canadian bacon or ham instead of the bacon (gasp!)
- substitute green onion or Vidalia onion instead of red onion
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 327Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 42mgSodium: 627mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 12g
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Originally posted on August 25, 2012. Updated on April 22, 2022.