How To Make Pea Salad

This easy Homemade Pea Salad recipe makes the perfect side dish for summer barbecues, family get-togethers, and weeknight dinners. Loaded with peas, cheddar cheese, red onion and lots of bacon! This is sure to be a crowd favorite!

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Recipe for Pea Salad

Pea salad is a classic American side dish that’s as colorful as it is delicious! It’s packed with bright green peas, red onion, cheddar cheese, and bacon. Then, all of those ingredients are tossed with a dressing made from sour cream, mayonnaise, red wine vinegar, salt, pepper, and a little pinch of sugar.

This Homemade Pea Salad recipe is sweet, savory, and packed with bright flavors. It’s a great side dish for summer barbecues, weekend family get-togethers, and busy weeknight dinners!

I love making this Homemade Pea Salad whenever we’re grilling out because it’s a cool element to a lot of hot, smokey food. This is also a great change of pace for holiday recipes. Trust me, this side dish is sure to be captivating and a crowd pleaser on any occasion! It’s also a great dish to make ahead of time and have ready in advance!

tossing creamy pea salad in white bowl

What’s in Pea Salad?

To make your own easy pea salad, you only need a handful of ingredients including: frozen green peas, cubed cheddar cheese, diced red onion, and crumbled cooked bacon. For the homemade dressing, you’ll need sour cream, mayonnaise, granulated sugar, red wine vinegar, salt, and freshly cracked black pepper. That’s it!

Feel free to swap some ingredients out to best fit your taste. For example, you can use white cheddar or swiss cheese instead of cheddar. You can also use apple cider vinegar or white wine vinegar instead of red wine vinegar.

cubed cheese, red onion, crumbled bacon and peas in large white bowl

How To Make Pea Salad

Start by assembling the pea salad by adding the peas, cheese, diced onion, and cooked bacon to a medium-sized bowl.

pea salad ingredients in large white bowl

Then, make the dressing by adding the sour cream, mayonnaise, sugar, and vinegar to a small bowl and mix to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

mixing mayonnaise, sour cream and seasoning in small white bowl

Pour the dressing on top of the peas mixture, and toss to coat. Serve immediately, or chill for an hour or two before serving!

pouring dressing onto pea salad ingredients

How to Store Leftovers

This Homemade Pea Salad is best enjoyed the day that it’s made, but it will keep in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Do not freeze!

Variations

  • Add more veggies! Chopped bell peppers, diced celery and shredded carrots would be delicious!
  • Change up the cheese! Instead of cheddar, you could use white cheddar, swiss, colby jack or pepper jack.
  • Change up the protein: Instead of bacon substitute ham, bacon bits or turkey bacon or omit to keep it vegetarian.
  • Save on calories: By swapping the sour cream with greek yogurt.
  • Add egg! To this Homemade Pea Salad for extra protein.
  • Add pasta: Elbow macaroni would be awesome in this pea salad.
  • Throw in some tuna: For added protein!

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I just add frozen peas? Even though this salad is served cold frozen peas would add too much moisture if left frozen in the salad.
  • How to thaw frozen peas for salad? The easiest way to thaw frozen peas is to run them under warm water in a sieve or colander for 1 minute.
  • How long can this be left out? Because this salad does have mayonnaise, sour cream and cheese I recommend only keeping it out at room temperature for no more than two hours. If you are bringing this to a potluck or making for a party I recommend placing the bowl over ice! My neighbors have some of these and they work great for keeping food cold!

What to serve with Pea Salad

homemade pea salad in bowl with spoon

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Pea Salad

5 from 9 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 8

This easy Homemade Pea Salad recipe makes the perfect side dish for summer barbecues, family get-togethers, and weeknight dinners. Loaded with peas, cheddar cheese, red onion and lots of bacon! This is sure to be a crowd favorite!

Ingredients

  • 16 ounce frozen peas, thawed
  • 3/4 cup cheddar cheese, cubed
  • 1/2 cup red onion, diced
  • 1/2 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled about 8 slices
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp red wine vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

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  • Add the peas, cheddar cheese, onion and cooked bacon to a medium bowl.
  • Add sour cream, mayonnaise, sugar and vinegar to a small bowl and mix to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Pour dressing on top of the peas and toss to coat. Serve immediately or chill for an hour or two before serving!
Nutrition Facts
Pea Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 295 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 6g
Monounsaturated Fat 8g
Cholesterol 39mg13%
Sodium 324mg14%
Potassium 235mg7%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 616IU12%
Vitamin C 24mg29%
Calcium 106mg11%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Bacon, Pea Salad, Potluck Recipes, Summer Side Dishes

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