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Pea Salad Recipe

Updated on April 8, 2015
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Mmm. You can't go wrong with Pea Salad. Great for hot summer day barbecues and/or potlucks all year round. What is fun about peas salad is it's versatile. You can add or substitute ingredients to enhance or make it unique. Here is a basic pea salad recipe with suggestions and options to add variety.

Ingredients

  • 1 - 16 oz bag frozen baby peas
  • 4 - 6 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
  • 1 - 8 oz. can water chestnuts, sliced
  • 3 or 4 green onions, sliced, depending on your taste
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese, (set aside small handful)
  • 1/3 cup olive oil mayo
  • 1 or 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Cook bacon and drain. When cool, crumble and set aside.
  2. While waiting for bacon to cool, run peas under cool water for a few minutes in a colander. Drain till ready to use.
  3. Slice up onion, celery, and water chestnuts i(f they didn't come sliced).
  4. Throw all ingredients in salad bowl, except a little crumbled bacon and shredded cheese, and toss thoroughly.
  5. Sprinkle reserved bacon and cheese on top to garnish.
  6. Chill 20 minutes and serve.

Optional additional or substitute ingredients

Here are some great ingredients to either substitute or add to make your pea salad extra yummy and unique.

Sauces: Ranch dressing or sour cream, plain yogurt.

Veggies: Green and/or red pepper, red onion, chives

Cheese: Fresh grated parmesan, or try cubed cheddar instead of shredded, cottage cheese

Nuts/Seeds: Cashews, almonds (flavored or plain salted)

Seasonings: Cracked pepper, cayenne pepper, yellow curry powder, or fresh dill to season or spice it up a bit.

Other proteins: Hard boiled eggs, sliced. Canned or fresh salmon flakes.


Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: 4 to 6 people
5 stars from 2 ratings of "You Can't Go Wrong" Pea Salad

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      Valene 4 years ago from Missouri

      You were right, lambservant. The group ate most of this salad and it was so easy to make. I was stuck for a quick and easy potluck idea tonight and I just happened to have all these ingredients on hand. It was so easy to make! Thanks for posting this hub.

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      Lori Colbo 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Your friends won't be disappointed Valene.

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      Valene 4 years ago from Missouri

      Definitely going to make this for potluck tonight!

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      Lori Colbo 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      I make this salad for almost every potluck. People say "Can you make your pea salad again?" Sometimes I make small changes just to keep variety alive. Blessings dear sister Jackie.

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      Lori Colbo 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      I make this salad for almost every potluck. People say "Can you make your pea salad again?" Sometimes I make small changes just to keep variety alive. Blessings dear sister Jackie.

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Yum, I have got to try this.

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      Valene 4 years ago from Missouri

      Ohhh, I remember this kind of salad! My mom's friend used to make it and we'd have it when we'd go from MO to AR to visit her about once a year when I was a kid. It's soooo good!

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      Lori Colbo 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      I make it a lot for potlucks and when I go to someones house for dinner. It's always a big hit. Thanks for visiting Ruth.

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      Ruth Lanham 4 years ago

      This sounds so good! I want to make it as soon as I can get the ingredients!

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Looks good. I wonder if it would work with fresh peas that have been shelled. I think I might try. Thank you for the idea.