Sweet peas are one of my mom’s favorite vegetables. She loves peas in her macaroni salad, but I thought I’d make a batch of creamy green pea salad with bacon in honor of her rather than her old stand by. It is loaded with plenty of green peas along with sharp cheddar cheese and red onion in a creamy dressing.
Pea Salad Recipe with Mayo
I made this pea salad with frozen peas and a simple mayonnaise based dressing. Rather than bacon bits crispy fresh cooked bacon is chopped for the cold pea salad. I think it really steps the salad up a notch. Cubed cheddar is also used rather than shredded cheese, as I feel it stands up better when the salad is out for a while at a picnic or cookout. Some add chopped hard boiled eggs to their version of the salad. While I don’t, it is a tasty addition.
Green Pea Salad with Bacon, serving
The green pea salad makes a fantastic side dish to serve with grilled meats, sandwiches or even hot dogs and hamburgers. Of course, you could also enjoy this as a light lunch if you like. It is pretty hearty.
Try teaming this cold side dish with my Blackened Salmon or Grilled Boneless Chicken Thighs in Turmeric Greek Yogurt Marinade. The creamy pea salad will cool the palate while eating these spicy dishes.
This cold green pea salad with mayonnaise, bacon and cheese is a cookout classic. Make some for your next summer party!
- 4 cups Frozen Peas thawed
- 10 slices cooked Bacon
- 1/2 Red Onion
- 8 oz Cheddar Cheese
- 3 tbsp Mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup Sour Cream
- 1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1/4 tsp Salt
- 1/4 tsp Pepper
- 1/4 tsp Sugar
Place the thawed frozen peas in large bowl.
Chop the bacon into bite sized pieces and add to the bowl.
Dice the red onion and add to the bowl.
Cut the cheddar cheese into quarter inch cubes and also add to the bowl.
In a separate small bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients, then gently fold into the larger bowl of ingredients until the pea salad is well coated. Add more salt and pepper if needed.