A tasty but simple green pea salad with bacon, and a mayonnaise and vinegar based dressing. It's the best salad for your next grilling get together!
Thank goodness Spring is right around the corner. Warm temperatures, bright sunshine, and outdoor grilling.
It doesn't get much better than that. What's better than sitting down, outside, to perfectly grilled meats?
Nothing, that's what I say. However, for every grilled burger or steak, you need to have something tasty to eat alongside it.
Usually, I reach for a our creamy cucumber tomato salad. This season, I'll be partaking in this pea salad.
It has everything I love in a great salad. Bacon, cheese, onions, and of course, green peas!
Marry that with a savory dressing and you have a match made it the heavens. For today, I'm going to share our pea salad recipe. How 'bout we get started?
Green Pea Salad Recipe Instructions:
Once again, we're making an easy recipe. Seriously, once the bacon is crumbled, the onions diced, and cheese cubed. You're basically done.
Kim cubed the cheese and cooked the bacon herself. In spite of the extra steps, I still think this pea recipe came in under 15 minutes.
Similar to our macaroni salad, the frozen peas have to be thawed out.
You can pull them out and put them into your fridge the night before, if you like. Otherwise, take a look at my tips for a quick way to unthaw veggies.
Once you have the peas thawed out, the cheese cubed, onions diced, and bacon crumbled, toss them all into a medium sized mixing bowl.
After that, in a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper.
Use a whisk to break down all the mayo. That way, you have a smooth and creamy salad dressing.
The only lumps in our pea salad should come from the peas. When the dressing is done, slowly drizzle it over the other ingredients in the bowl.
Use a spoon or rubber spatula to toss the salad.
That's it, you're green pea salad is done. On the chance your not eating it right away, go ahead and refrigerate it.
Room temperature mayonnaise is bad for the tummy. Just saying.
Kim and I hope you enjoyed the recipe and wish you all the best!
Pea Salad Tips:
- For the best results, remove your peas from the freezer about a half an hour before you get started. Place them in a bowl filled with water so they can unthaw. Make sure the frozen green peas are well drained; otherwise, the dish will be watery.
- If you desire a salad with more dressing, simply reduce the amount of peas to 1 pound. On the other hand, if you want less dressing, increase the amount of frozen peas to 2 pounds.
- Another way to save time is buy pre-cooked bacon and microwave it until it's nice and crispy. Then you can let it cool for 3-4 minutes before you crumble it into small pieces.
- Growing up, we used Miracle Whip a lot. As a result, I got used to eating it in many of our dishes. If you want to add a sweet, tangy flavor to the pea salad, then try using that instead of mayonnaise.
Recipe Card with Ingredient Amounts and Instructions
- 1 ½ pounds frozen peas, thawed and drained
- 8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
- 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, cubed
- ½ cup purple onion, finely diced
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- Place the peas, bacon, cheese, and onion in a medium bowl.1 ½ pounds frozen peas8 slices bacon1 cup sharp cheddar cheese½ cup purple onion
- In a separate small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper.1 cup mayonnaise2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar1 tablespoon granulated sugar¼ teaspoon kosher salt¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- Pour the dressing over the peas and other ingredients. Stir to combine. Serve while cold.