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Pea Salad Recipe

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Pea salad is a classic side dish to serve up at dinner, picnics, potlucks, and summer cookouts. If you are looking for a cold pea salad, this recipe is a must make.

pea salad with bacon

A green pea salad is the ultimate side dish. This creamy salad is a must make. Salty bacon, red onions, sharp cheddar cheese, all-in-one creamy cheese, and pea salad.

This is one dish I make a lot for a bbq side dish when I want something simple and easy. There is something about peas and bacon that just works.

Why You Will Love This Pea Salad...

  • Affordable to make
  • Frozen pea recipe
  • Great holiday side dish (Easter, 4th of July, Etc)
  • Potluck recipe
  • Versatile in ingredients you use
  • Creamy
  • Savory
  • A sweet pea salad the whole family can enjoy

Ingredients Needed

  • Frozen Peas
  • Red Onions
  • Mayonnaise
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Sugar
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Cubed Cheese
  • Bacon
  • Sour Cream

What to serve with this cold saladSloppy Joes, Bourbon Glazed Ham, Bratwurst, Memphis chicken.

How to Make

ingredients for pea salad in a bowl

Step 1: The first thing you want to do is pour your peas into a large bowl.

Step 2: Add in the chopped bacon, cubed cheese, and chopped red onions. If you want to add other ingredients, this is the time.

Step 3: In a small bowl, add in your sour cream, mayonnaise, and salt, pepper, and sugar. Mix until creamy.

green pea salad on a plate

Step 4: Pour the sauce onto the pea mixture, stir well. Once combined, cover and store for 1 hour in the fridge or until you are ready to eat.

Step 5: Toss the pea salad with bacon right before serving. You can top with extra bacon, or serve as is.

This is a summer side dish, and a great make-ahead side dish.


You need to store your sweet pea recipe in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. This side dish is best served within the first 1-2 days of being made.

If you find it looks like it is drying out, add a splash of milk or add more mayonnaise. Stir and then it will be a creamy pea salad again!

Variations To Recipe

  • Cook small pasta to al dente to make this a pasta salad with peas recipe.
  • Add in diced ham to replace bacon, or in addition too.
  • Add in some dill pickle relish for a twist.
  • Use plain Greek yogurt in replace of sour cream.
  • Add in some diced pimentos.
  • Cut up and toss in diced hard-boiled eggs.
  • You can use Miracle whip to replace mayonnaise.
  • Use sweeteners to replace sugar.
  • Add in different spices and herbs to alter the flavor

Expert Tips

  • Make sure to use frozen peas for this recipe.
  • Skip the red onion if you are not a fan.
  • You can add more mayo or sour cream to make the salad creamier in texture.
  • I used apple cider vinegar but you could swap with rice vinegar or white distilled.
  • Consider pea salad with lettuce where you serve this salad over a bed of iceberg lettuce.

Recipe FAQs

cheese and pea salad on plate

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green pea salad on a plate

Pea Salad Recipe

Yield: 1 batch
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Craving a classic pea salad? This can be served up at dinner, picnics, potlucks, and summer cookouts. If you are looking for a cold pea salad, this recipe is a must make. This easy cold salad recipe is one we make all year round.


  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 4 cups frozen peas, thawed
  • 1 teaspoon sugar or sweetener
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup of sharp cheese, cut into cubes
  • 8-10 slices of cooked bacon, diced up
  • 1/4 cup red onions, diced or thinly sliced


  1. Start by adding your peas, diced bacon, red onion, and cubed cheese into a bowl.
  2. Grab a small bowl and add in the sour cream, mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, salt, and pepper. Mix up till nice and creamy.
  3. Pour the creamy sauce over the sweet pea mixture, and stir well. Once combined, cover and store for 1 hour in the fridge.
  4. Right before serving give a good toss, top with extra bacon if you want.
  5. This pea salad is a classic recipe great to serve with dinner, take as a potluck side dish, and more.


  • Swap bacon with ham or do bacon and ham in the recipe.
  • Frozen peas are a must, as canned peas will become mushy.
  • Add in hard-boiled eggs that are diced up.
  • Make this a pea salad with lettuce, and serve over a bed of lettuce.
  • If the mixture is not creamy enough add more mayonnaise or a splash of milk.
  • Season to taste.
  • You can use white distilled vinegar in replace or rice vinegar.
  • Leave the meat out if you want a vegetarian side dish.
  • You can make this cold pea salad a day in advance of when you want to serve it.
  • Store your leftover creamy pea salad in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 15 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 170Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 298mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 7g

This information is automatically calculated by third-party software, including but not limited to the Create or Bake Me Some Sugar. For accurate nutrition, I suggest running the ingredients in your own system to get a more accurate reading. Nutritional information is approximate and automatically calculated, and should only be viewed as an indication.

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