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Pea Salad Recipe

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This Pea Salad Recipe can be enjoyed throughout the entire year as it combines peas, bacon, cheddar cheese, onions, and a creamy dressing that is ready to devour in 15 minutes! Pea Salad the perfect side dish for so many meals.

classic pea salad

Pea Salad

If you are looking for a simple salad that is packed with so much flavor then you are going to want to make this classic pea salad. 

This is one of those salads that we probably helped our Grandma make a time or two that has such a nostalgic feel to it as we eat it and prepare it. The flavors combined together create such a fantastic flavor that even the kids love. And of course, it is ready in 15 minutes so we can enjoy it even on those busy nights! 

classic pea salad

Combine it with this yummy meatloaf recipe for a complete comfort meal that everyone will enjoy together.

How to make classic Pea Salad

  • Remove the peas from the freezer, set them aside.  
  • In a large bowl, add the sour cream, mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar & sugar. Mix well.
  • Add in the peas, bacon, onion and cheese.
I got so excited by how pretty this picture looked, I forgot to include my bacon. 😎
  • Combine well until all the peas are coated. 
classic pea salad
  • Refrigerate before serving.  

Tips Tricks and FAQs

  • I love to use chunks of cheddar cheese when making this recipe, but you can also use shredded cheese if you choose. 
  • I also add some freshly chopped chunks of cheese and bacon before serving for an extra pop of color.
  • Choose a mild or sharp cheddar depending on your preference. 
  • You want to be sure to chill your salad for at least 1 hour prior to serving to allow the flavors to meld together. 

Make Ahead

The great thing about pea salad is that it gets better over time so it is the perfect recipe to make up to a day ahead of time and store in the fridge until you are ready to serve.

Storage

Fridge

You will want to store your leftover salad in the fridge for up to 3 days in an airtight container. 

classic pea salad

Freezer

I do not recommend freezing this salad after it is made. The peas will become mushy since you would have already thawed them once and the dressing does not hold up very well. 

Do you serve this cold?

Yes! This is a recipe that you will want to keep in the fridge right until you serve it. 

For more salad recipes, try these!

classic pea salad

Pea Salad Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This Pea Salad Recipe can be enjoyed throughout the entire year as it combines peas, bacon, cheddar cheese, onions, and a creamy dressing that is ready to devour in 15 minutes! It makes the prefect side dish.

Ingredients

  • 1 (16 oz) Bag of Frozen Peas
  • 1 (2.52 oz) Box of Ready Cooked Bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 Small Red Onion, chopped
  • 1 ½ Cups Cheddar Cheese, cubed or shredded
  • DRESSING
  • ½ Cup Sour Cream
  • 3 TBSP Mayonaise
  • 1 TBSP Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 TBSP Sugar

Instructions

    1. Remove the peas from the freezer, set them aside.  
    2. In a large bowl, add the sour cream, mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar & sugar. Mix well.
    3. Add in the peas, bacon, onion and cheese.
    4. Combine well until all the peas are coated.  
    5. Refrigerate before serving. 

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