Classic Pea Salad

Everyone has their go-to dishes when it comes to potlucks and bbqs, and some have different classics depending on the season and occasion. For instance, my mom is renowned for her guacamole, key lime pie and lemony Greek potatoes. When choosing what to bring, it's always good to consider the difficulty and popularity of your dish. That's why this classic pea salad is ideal for a potluck- it's easy to make and beloved by all!

Classic Pea Salad

In this tasty Southern side dish, bacon bits mix with cheddar cheese and crunchy sweet peas to create the perfect blend of flavors. The creamy dressing is simply mayonnaise, which adds texture and provides a subtle tangy undertone to the other stronger flavors. With a prep time of ten minutes and no cooking involved, it's hard to find a dish easier than this pea salad recipe.

Bacon pea salad is a classic summer salad, often found at cookouts next to the pasta salad, cucumber salad and potato salad. However, it sets itself apart with its simple preparation, blend of delicious flavors, and nutritional value. This green pea salad is not only yummy, it's also healthy and provides lots of vitamin c, vitamin a, calcium and potassium. Peas are an excellent choice for those hoping to eat healthy or cut down on cholesterol, and they are packed with vitamins.

You can use fresh peas, frozen peas or canned peas in this recipe, but frozen peas typically have a crunchier texture than canned peas, which can be mushy. Frozen peas are also less labor-intensive than fresh, and they maintain their sweet taste and vitamins when frozen. The crispy, sweet peas in this creamy pea salad are idea for the summer, as refreshing as they are healthy and tasty.

How to Make Pea Salad

First, dice your red onion and prepare your bacon, cooking and chopping it into small pieces. Then, rinse your peas in cold water using a colander and allow the water to drain out.

Fill a large bowl with cheddar cheese, diced red onion, mayonnaise, and bacon bits. Add salt and black pepper, mix everything together until thoroughly blended, and then add in the peas. Stir again, and chill your pea salad in the refrigerator for an hour or more before serving. Enjoy!

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Classic Pea Salad

This classic pea salad is a great summer dish for potlucks and bbqs! Creamy mayonnaise blends with bacon and sweet peas for an explosion of flavor
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 12 servings


  • 2 lbs frozen peas
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 lb bacon, cooked and chopped


  • Dice red onion and prepare the bacon, cooking and chopping it into small pieces.
  • Rinse your peas in cold water and drain.
  • Fill a large bowl with cheddar cheese, red onion, mayonnaise, bacon bits, peas, salt and pepper. Mix everything together, and chill for an hour or more before serving.


You can make this even easier by buying crumbled bacon instead of cooking and chopping your own!