Chilled Pea Salad Recipe
Chilled Pea Salad is a Classic, Favorite 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 recipe is quick, fresh and inexpensive. Chilled pea salad is exceptionally tasty as a side dish with summertime favorites, and is also a crowd pleaser potlucks, weddings or baby showers. Once you see how easy it is to mix up this salad, you will probably find yourself coming back to this recipe time and again. Whenever I take this salad with me to a gathering, people ask where I got the recipe! Everyone loves chilled pea salad. Even my picky kids enjoy it!
You can tweak this recipe to match your personal tastes, omitting nuts and/or bacon and adding different vegetables. Mayonnaise can be replaced with plain yogurt for a lower-fat salad, as well. Experiment with different ingredients until you find the right mix for you. I started with a pea salad recipe that was emailed to me by a friend, and then tweaked it a bit myself to make it tastier. Feel free to add or subtract ingredients where needed. Mix in some fresh herbs, perhaps a squeeze of lemon and cracked black pepper and your chilled pea salad will shine even more!
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 (you can use turkey bacon or meatless bacon if you wish, or omit entirely)
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 (can use plain yogurt as a substitute)
1 Tablespoon lemon juice (optional - fresh squeeze lemon juice with a teaspoon of grated rind)
salt and pepper to taste
1 Tablespoon fresh herbs, rosemary or basil (optional)
**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
Instructions for Making 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!
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Chilled Pea Salad is Portable for Picnics and Gatherings
Chilled pea salad is so fresh and tasty that it is a perfect compliment to a summer picnic. Guests love it when I bring this salad to potluck gatherings!
Because the dressing is mayonnaise-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. Keep tightly covered with a lid until serving.
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© 2008 Stephanie Marshall