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Green Pea Salad

Green Pea Salad is a surprisingly tasty salad that will delight your whole family and give you some old-fashioned vibes.

Green pea salad is a cold side dish recipe made with peas, cheese, bacon and onion.

This cold side dish is perfect for summer barbecues or potlucks.

Green Pea Salad

Green Pea Salad Ingredients

To make this side salad recipe, you will need these ingredients from the grocery store (see the recipe below for exact amounts and instructions):

  • Green peas: Frozen peas are preferable because they are greener and therefore look and taste fresher. You can assemble the peas frozen or you can just leave them in the refrigerator for a few hours to thaw or run the bag until water until thawed. You can use canned green peas, but the color isn’t as pretty and they tend to be soggy.
  • Cheddar cheese: You can also cube the cheese for more of an intense cheese flavor.
  • Bacon: Using fresh bacon is always the best choice, but you can also use purchased bacon bits instead, since cooking the bacon and chopping it adds some extra time.
  • Red onion: Make sure it’s red onion. Other onions won’t taste as good since it’s an uncooked salad.
  • Plain Greek yogurt: You can substitute sour cream.
  • Mayonnaise: Replace this with sour cream or more plain Greek yogurt if you don’t have any. However, I do like the added sweetness of the mayonnaise.
  • Lemon juice: Use from a lemon or from concentrate.
  • Garlic powder
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Scallions (optional)

Pea Salad Ingredients

How to Make Green Pea Side Salad

In a large bowl combine the green peas, cheddar cheese, bacon, and red onion. Set aside.

In another medium sized bowl, mix the plain Greek yogurt, mayonnaise, lemon juice, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Stir until combined.

Pea Side Salad Recipe

Pour the dressing over the green pea mixture. Mix all together.

Garnish with sliced scallions (optional), then plate and serve your delicious summer salad!

Green Pea Side Dish Recipe

Storage Instructions

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. I don’t recommend freezing your green pea salad.

What Is The Best Way to Cook Bacon?

There are many classic ways to cook bacon. However, my personal favorite, especially when preparing other food, is to use the oven. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place as many slices as necessary in a single layer on the pan, then bake at 400 degrees F for about 10-15 minutes, depending on how crispy you like your bacon. Check on your bacon as some ovens may not cook at the same rate as others.

Cold Pea Salad

Variations

Add cubed ham and you have an Amish Pea Salad.

You could also add green bell pepper for a little crunch.

Green Pea Salad

Green Pea Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Green Pea Salad is a surprisingly tasty salad that will delight your whole family and give you some old-fashioned vibes.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups frozen green peas
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • ½ cup cooked bacon, chopped (~3-4 slices)
  • ¼ cup red onion, diced
  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • Scallions, sliced (optional garnish)

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl combine the green peas, cheddar cheese, bacon, and red onion. Set aside.
  2. In another medium sized bowl, mix the plain Greek yogurt, mayonnaise, lemon juice, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Stir until combined.
  3. Pour the dressing over the green pea mixture. Mix all together.
  4. Garnish with sliced scallions (optional), then plate and serve.

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