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.

Delicious green peas
Delicious green peas

Ingredients for Chilled Pea Salad

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

Dressing:

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!

Easy chilled pea salad
Easy chilled pea salad

Another Pea Salad Recipe

Picnicking

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.

Chilled Green Pea Salad is delicious with a crisp white wine, such as a Pinot Grigio (Pinot Gris). Be sure you don't forget to pack a suitable wine opener!

Get out and enjoy a picnic!
Get out and enjoy a picnic!

How Would you Rate this Chilled Pea Salad Recipe?

3.8 stars from 4 ratings of Chilled Pea Salad

© 2008 Stephanie Hicks

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Woody Marx 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Great idieas! I happen to love peas...pea soup Quebec style being one of my favorites. :)


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solarshingles 8 years ago from london

Stephanie, you've got me, again like last time by your new hub about Roses. In this hub you have successfully joined my three favorite items/issues. Pea, a salad and a Nigella Lawson, my favorite British lady chef. She is cooking like a dancer and actress at the same time. Thank you very much for this very amusing hub!


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stephhicks68 8 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thanks Woody and Solarshingles. I made this salad yesterday for a potluck and thought - why not share it? I love Nigella Lawson too. :-)


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pjdscott 8 years ago from Durham, UK

What an opportune hub! We're going away soon and need to use up food from the freezer to allow switching off.

Great hub thanks!


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Chef Jeff 8 years ago from Universe, Milky Way, Outer Arm, Sol, Earth, Western Hemisphere, North America, Illinois, Chicago.

Can you believe I am the only one in my immediate family who loves green peas? When I make this I'll just save the extra for the next day. I never tire of peas - peas soup, salads, just eating them out of the can or shucking them free of the pod!

And of course, a great wine recommendation always helps - thanks!


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stephhicks68 8 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

pjdscott - how fortuitous! I must have known you needed to clean out your freezer. :-)

Chef Jeff - this is good. Now you'll have more to enjoy yourself! I absolutely love fresh green peas. They remind me of working in the garden with my grandmother when I was a little girl.


Cup of Joe 8 years ago

Sounds Good!


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cflynn 8 years ago from Ireland

Thanks steph

geat idea for my 3.5yr olds lunch box...he would love some pea salad especially in big pasta shells.


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trish1048 8 years ago

Hi,

This certainly sounds interesting.  What could I substitute for the nuts? 

Nice hub, thanks for sharing,

Trish


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trish1048 8 years ago

Steph! I didn't even realize it was your hub LOL,,,went to edit my comment and it wouldn't let me :( This certainly sounds easy enough, a shame I'll be the only one eating it, as my family is not fond of peas. They don't know what they are missing! Trish


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stephhicks68 8 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi Trish! Yes, they really don't know what they are missing. But more good stuff for you. As to a replacement for the nuts, I like the sunflower seeds instead of cashews (but my mom likes the cashews instead). The crunch and saltiness is tasty. You might try soy nuts instead if you have an allergy.


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trish1048 8 years ago

Hi Steph,

No, no allergies here. I guess what it is I'm wondering is, can something else besides nuts go into this salad? I'm not fond of nuts in anything, I prefer them 'unadulterated' lol.

Trish


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Karen Ellis 8 years ago from Central Oregon

This sounds great. I buy a bag of frozen peas and keep them in a container in the frig to add to my green salad every night. But, this sounds much better.


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stephhicks68 8 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

OK, Trish, I guess if you're not a fan of salty and crunchy, then I would add something else like sundried tomatoes (chopped). That might compliment the bacon well. Let me know how that is - or I may experiment too!

Karen, this is so good and easy. Try it instead of green salad. :-)


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trish1048 8 years ago

Thanks Steph, will do :)


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amy jane 8 years ago from Connecticut

Sounds delicious, Steph. I like the idea of replacing the nuts with sundried tomatoes too. :)


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stephhicks68 8 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thanks Amy - I may try it that way next time. :-)


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SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

Lovely recipe and thank you for sharing.


iamtheknower 8 years ago

i am salivating already!! A Yummy Hub


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Minnie's Mom 8 years ago from Seattle, WA

Steph! It's 4am and I am going straight to the fridge to see if I have all the ingredients for tomorrow's lunch.  It sounds wonderful.  My first introduction to peas were the 7-layer salad.   Remember your favorite Aunt would bring it to a party.  Let's not forget the jello molds too.  I always look forward to your hubs, thanks for all your hard work and research.


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stephhicks68 8 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thank you Sweetie Pie, knower and Minnie's Mom! I am cracking up at the memories of the salads of the past. 7-layer salad is yummy, but more work. And jello molds (as a kid, good, now, kind of scary... LOL). I hope you enjoy it!


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robie2 8 years ago from Central New Jersey

YUm-- and just in time for summer--thans Steph. Hmmmmm I wonder how a little chopped up fresh mint would taste in this?


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stephhicks68 8 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Probably delicious! Great idea Robie!


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Fadzo Chanakira 8 years ago from L.A., California

A great hub thanks. Sounds yummy..though I would have to make a few substitutions to make it vegan..but a great base of ingredients and range of flavors to experiment with.


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stephhicks68 8 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thank you Fadzo! Hope you enjoy it!


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2patricias 8 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

I should not have read this Hub an hour and 3/4 before dinner time! Now I am starving and will have to do something distracting. However, first I will actually print it - I think this will be the first time I have printed a Hub for future reference. Congratulations.


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stephhicks68 8 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hooray! I am happy to hear that (not that you are starving though!) I really hope that you love it. :)


stessily 4 years ago

Steph, You've definitely provided a chilled pea salad recipe which I'm making "as is"; no need to tweak any further.

I appreciate the video on "Spring Pea and Stellette Pasta Salad with Fresh Mint and Parsley". Nice recipe.

Thanks for sharing.

Kind regards, Stessily

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