Pea Salad: Crunchy bacon and creamy peas make this a picnic favorite. This no cook dish comes together in 10 minutes with just 6 ingredients.
Summer brings a lot of things to mind. One of my favorite memories is of going to Grandma’s and eating a picnic dinner with her. She made everything taste good. At home, I never wanted to eat peas, but at Grandma’s it was a different story. She made the best pea salad! They were also made more appealing when Grandpa called them Bee Bees. Pew pew lol! She also made the best ever chocolate chip cookies.
When I tried this old fashion pea salad, I was instantly transported back to Grandma’s table. I hope you’ll love this pea salad with bacon as much as I do.
What Goes in Pea Salad
There are many different green pea salad recipes out there. My english pea salad with peas uses only a few fresh ingredients. It will have you going back for just one more bite.
For this particular recipe you’ll need frozen peas, shredded cheddar cheese, red onion, bell pepper, mayonnaise, salt, black pepper and bacon. If you’re like me, bacon sealed the deal for you. This is one sweet pea salad you’ll be wanting again and again.
Pea Salad Recipe
You guys know I like to keep it easy. This recipe is no exception. So many people say they can’t cook. Maybe they aren’t “cooking’ the right things. This recipe will take you fifteen minutes or less to make.
To make this creamy pea salad you’ll start by placing your frozen peas in a large bowl. Rinse them with water to remove the frozen frosty layer from them. Next, add in your cheese, bell peppers, red onions, salt/pepper and mayonnaise. Lightly stir to mix the ingredients. Now, add your bacon. Toss again to combine. Last place it in the refrigerator for one to two hours, serve and enjoy!
How Many Calories in Green Pea Salad?
You may think this pea salad with cheese is high in calories, especially with the mayonnaise. It’s not though, it’s roughly 261 calories per ½ cup. It’s the perfect side for any summer entree. One secret to eating vegetables? Add cheese, bacon, and mayonnaise. It will work every time. 😉
Can you Freeze English Pea Salad?
Freezing isn’t the best idea for this cold pea salad. The dressing is made of mayonnaise and freezing mayonnaise never works well when it thaws. Sorry, but freezing pea salad is not something I would try!:(
Luckily it is easy enough to whip up that if you keep frozen peas on hand, you’re already halfway there!
Can I Make Pea Salad With Bacon the Day Before?
You can make your pea salad a day or two ahead of time. This makes it perfect if you’re having guests over for a July 4th party, or just a casual picnic. Just be sure to gently stir the salad before serving. You may want to taste it just before serving to see if you need to add a little more mayonnaise. It’s hard work ,but someone has to do it right?!
Do You Have To Cook Frozen Peas For a Salad?
No ma’am! You don’t have to cook them at all. Simply rinse them before adding your other ingredients. How perfect is this for these hot summer days we are having? Unlike pasta or potato salad, you don’t even have to flip on a stove burner.
I love that this is no cook and so stinking easy. Bonus: I love sticking my head in the freezer when getting the peas out. Sometimes I honestly want to live in there in the summer, serious lol. With no heat you could even have your kids help you make it!
How Long Does Cold Pea Salad Last in the Refrigerator?
For best taste, don’t keep this green pea salad recipe longer than three days. Also, be sure to not leave it sit out for more than 1-2 hours (less if it is super hot).
What’s Good to Eat With Sweet Pea Salad?
Pea salad is one of those dishes that can be paired with almost any picnic or BBQ foods. Consider grilled chicken, burgers, or grilled pork tenderloin. It also pairs will with other picnic dishes like potato salad, or acini de pepe frog eye salad.
My favorite part of this pea and cheese salad is the perfect bite of all the ingredients in one fork. The slight pop of the peas and the crunchiness of the bell pepper and onion are amazing. The creaminess sets it apart from almost any salad you’ll make this summer. I hope you enjoy this dish as much as I enjoyed bringing it to you. The memories of my Grandma are special and this pea salad encapsulates all of those memories. Use this recipe to make your own memories.
Creamy Pea Salad Shopping Tips:
- Feel free to use precut bell pepper from the grocery store to save you some time. However, I never suggest precut onion as the flavor gets stronger once an onion is cut.
- I like using microwave bacon to make this recipe stove/oven free. My favorite brand is Hormel Black Label.
- We’ve also made this recipe with cheddar cheese chunks (halved), and it is just as yummy!
More Picnic Sides:
- 2 Bags Frozen Peas, ~5 Cups
- 1 Cup Sharp Cheddar Cheese , Shredded
- 1/2 Cup Red Onion, Finely Diced
- 1/2 Cup Green Pepper, Diced
- 1 Cup Mayonnaise
- Salt & Pepper, To Taste
- 6 Slices Bacon, Cooked Crisp and Roughly Chopped
- In a large bowl ,rinse peas in room temperature water.
- Stir in cheese, red onion, green pepper, salt/pepper, and mayonnaise.
- Fold in bacon.
- Refrigerate for 1-2 hours before serving.
Pea Recipes From Blogs I Heart:
Creamed Peas via Julie’s Eats and Treats
Brown Butter Roasted Peas via Mantitlement
Green Pea Mashed Potato Pancakes via Roti N Rice
What do you think of this Pea Salad? What is your favorite summer side dish?