Chilled Pea Salad Recipe
Pea Salad is a Go-To Recipe
Looking for an excellent, easy recipe that you can take to a picnic, or mix up quickly on a weekday evening? Your search is over!
This chilled pea salad recipe is quick, fresh and inexpensive. Experiment with the ingredients until you find the right mix for you. We started with a pea salad recipe that was emailed to me by a friend, and then tweaked it a bit to make it tastier. Feel free to add or subtract where needed.
Chilled pea salad is exceptionally tasty as a side dish with summertime favorites, and is also a crowd pleaser at wedding or baby showers, you will probably find yourself coming back to this salad time and again.
Ingredients for Chilled Pea Salad
One 10-ounce package of frozen tiny peas (thawed)
1/2 cup chopped fresh celery
3 green onions, chopped
8-10 slices of bacon, cooked, drained and crumbled or torn
1/2 cup salted cashews or sunflower seeds (shelled)
One head washed Boston or Bibb lettuce, torn
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup real mayonnaise
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste
**You may wish to double this recipe as it goes quickly. Original recipe serves eight people as a side dish.
Preparation time for Chilled Pea Salad
- Prep time: 30 min
- Ready in: 30 min
- Yields: Serves 8-10 people
Instructions for Chilled Pea Salad
Begin by frying or baking the bacon. I like to line a large, rimmed cookie sheet with aluminum foil, place the bacon in strips, and bake at 375 for 20 minutes (turn over 1/2 way through). Set aside and allow to cool. Next wash and tear up the lettuce and place into large mixing bowl. Add peas, chopped celery and chopped green onions.
Mix up the salad dressing and then add to green ingredients. Stir well. Add in bacon and nuts and stir again.
Place chilled pea salad in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours before serving. Delicious with fresh baguettes and real butter. Garnish with bibb lettuce, if desired.
As an alternative to frozen peas, use 2 cups of freshly shelled tiny green peas. This would really bring out the flavor!
Another Pea Salad Recipe
Chilled pea salad is so fresh and tasty that it is a perfect compliment to a summer picnic. Because the dressing is mayo-based, however, you will need to be sure to keep it cold and insulated. Pack in a Tupperware (or similar) container and pack in ice, or a use some of the various temperature control items available with your favorite cooler.
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© 2008 Stephanie Hicks
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