Pea Salad

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Here’s the classic Pea Salad recipe that everyone loves to see at a party!

Pea Salad

I’ve always been fond of peas.  They’re the little frozen vegetable I’ve always enjoyed eating.  Add a little butter and salt, and peas are sweet and good to go.  They’re pretty good in a salad too. The nice thing about putting them in a salad is that they don’t even have to be cooked! You’ve probably seen pea salads like this before. They’re often at potlucks, and you see them on buffet lines.  It’s such an easy salad to make yourself though.  And it’s so good!

Ingredients needed for Pea Salad

Ingredients needed for Pea Salad:

Sour cream, mayonnaise, white vinegar and salt/pepper make up the creamy dressing for the pea salad. The salad itself calls for frozen peas, crumbled bacon, chunks of cheddar cheese, red onion and chopped parsley.  That’s it!  It’s such a simple salad.

Making Pea Salad

The main ingredients are combined.  Note about the cheese: you can either cut it into chunks or shred it.  I prefer it chunky!

Classic Pea Salad

And then the dressing is mixed in.

Pea Salad

Pea salad is best when made-ahead, covered and refrigerated for at least a couple of hours. This gives the peas time to thaw, and the flavors a chance to meld. Make this for your next party. Everyone always loves a classic pea salad!

bowl of Pea Salad

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Pea Salad

Classic pea salad recipe!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 257kcal
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword pea salad



  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  • 4 cups frozen peas
  • 8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 6 ounces cheddar cheese, cubed
  • 1/2 small red onion, peeled and sliced thin
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley



  • In a small bowl, combine the dressing ingredients. Season with salt and pepper.


  • In a medium bowl, combine the peas, bacon, cheese, red onion and parsley. Stir to combine. Add the dressing and stir to coat. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.


  • If you are preparing this recipe as GLUTEN-FREE, just be sure to use brands of mayonnaise and bacon that are known to be GF.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 257kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 303mg | Potassium: 282mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 965IU | Vitamin C: 32mg | Calcium: 189mg | Iron: 1mg
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  • Donna G. wrote:

    I make this salad w/ 4 can of peas drained 4 h/b eggs sliced shredded cheese red onion and dressing is w/ miracle whip and a little garlic pepper. This recipe came from my aunt who got it from the phone co. x-mas party about 72 yrs ago. I am 75 now and we still love it. Just before she passed. she said to try it w/frozen peas. I have not yet but I’m sure it will be just as good.