Your family is going to love this classic, creamy Pea Salad. It's packed with flavor. Tender peas, crunchy bacon bits, and bites of hearty Cheddar cheese. Simple and delicious.
Like the Amish Macaroni Salad this sald makes a great side dish you can bring to parties, potlucks, or backyard barbecues.
Ingredients for the Creamy Pea Salad Recipe
- 16 ounces SWEET PEAS - frozen, thawed
- 4 ounces CHEDDAR CHEESE - cubed
- 12 ounces BACON - chopped
- ½ cup CELERY - diced
How to make pea salad?
- Preheat the oven to 400° Fahrenheit.
- Bake the bacon for 15-18 minutes (or until crispy) at 400° Fahrenheit. Once done, allow to cool. Chop into bite-sized pieces.
- Combine peas, celery, bacon, and Cheddar cheese in a large bowl.
- In a separate bowl whisk sour cream, mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, and sugar until smooth.
- Pour dressing over the salad and combine well. Serve and enjoy.
Easy Substitutions and Variation
We've been there, you have almost everything in your fridge or your pantry, except for. Don't sweat it! Here are some simple substitutions that will all work quite well when you're in a pinch!
- Red onions work great instead of celery.
- And instead of bacon, you can use pancetta or even prosciutto.
- Plain or Greek Yogurt instead of Sour Cream. It has the added benefit of saving you some calories, too!
- Use mashed avocado instead of mayonnaise.
- You can use lemon or white wine vinegar instead of apple cider vinegar.
- Use maple syrup, agave, or Stevia instead of plain sugar.
- To add a bit of extra protein. Add a couple of boiled eggs.
How To Store Green Pea Salad
Like most salads these days, I like to store green pea salad in this glass bowl.
If you prefer a light plastic container these containers are my absolute favorite.
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How long Does The Salad last in the fridge?
This salad will keep overnight. But don't keep the pea salad for more than a day or two. The dressing will make the bacon soggy, and the celery less crunchy.
What if you want to prep the salad for a party? Pea salad is a popular party salad! Ready to wow a party crowd? No problem.
Simply add all of the ingredients, except for the bacon, into a large bowl. Cook off the bacon, but store it in a separate container.
Add the bacon just before serving the pea salad. This way you'll make sure to give your salad the perfect amount of crunch and texture.
DEFROSTING PEAS: You can defrost the peas in the microwave.
But I prefer to slowly let the peas thaw out naturally. And a simple trick, I've found is to put the frozen peas onto a baking sheet. Place the baking sheet on top of the stove while the bacon is cooking. The heat rising from the oven will slowly thaw out the peas.
MAYONNAISE. Who doesn't love creamy dressings?
Whenever possible I like to use Miracle Whip as my dressing of choice. It has a tanginess that you won't find in other brands. And is therefore a great choice for salad dressings.
More Easy Party and Potluck Salad Recipes
- Chopped German Tomato Salad
- Oma's Cucumber Salad
- Broccoli Salad
- Dill Pickle Pasta Salad
- Italian Pasta Salad
- Pre-heat oven to 400° Fahrenheit.
- Line the bottom of a large baking sheet with aluminum foil. Add a wire rack into the baking sheet, top with parchment paper, and add bacon slices. Bake the bacon for 15-18 minutes or until crispy. Allow the bacon to cool and chop into small bite-sized pieces.
Assembling the Salad
- To make the dressing whisk sour cream, mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, and sugar in a small until smooth.
- Combine peas, bacon, Cheddar cheese, and celery in a large bowl. Add dressing and combine. Serve and enjoy.