Creamy Bacon Pea Salad

This creamy Bacon Pea Salad is a super simple side salad of peas, bacon, cheddar cheese, red onion and parsley tossed in a creamy dressing. Fresh, crisp and delicious. Perfect for cookouts or any occasion really. Serves 8 to 10+ in under 30 minutes.

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I think of summer barbecues as being like Thanksgiving, as it’s all about the sides. Although (imho) my husband grills the best burgers ever but I do equally love good side dishes too. Potato salad, macaroni salad, baked beans, coleslaw… you name it. I’ll have them all on my plate. This week I channeled my love for retro-style side salads and this easy bacon pea salad is 1 of 2 (so far) recipes I’ll be sharing!

Speaking of love… I love peas. Ever since I was a little girl and would mix them into my mashed potatoes. Not to hide them, I really just liked the texture. As an adult, I mix them with bacon, red onion and extra sharp cheddar cheese and call it a salad 😉. Being a grown up is fun. Honestly though, I personally could eat a big bowl of this. I especially love it after it sits for a bit.

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If you make this at your next barbecue, don’t be surprised if there isn’t any of it leftover afterwards.

Fair warning.

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The ingredients for this creamy bacon pea salad are: 8 ounces bacon – cooked until crispy and finely chopped, 2 pounds frozen peas (slightly thawed), 6 ounces extra sharp cheddar cheese – cut into small cubes, 1/2 cup finely diced red onion and 2 tablespoons finely minced fresh parsley. You will also need 1/4 cup mayonnaise, 1/4 cup sour cream and kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.

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Add the peas, bacon, onion, cheddar and parley into a large mixing bowl and toss to combine.

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In a separate bowl, combine the mayo, sour cream and 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon kosher slat (to your personal taste) and about 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper and toss to combine. If the peas are still a lot frozen (like mine) the dressing won’t look as creamy. But it will eventually when the peas thaw more.

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Enjoy! And if you give this Bacon Pea Salad recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!

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Yield: 8-10+

Bacon Pea Salad

BaconPea Salad is a super simple side salad of peas, bacon, cheddar cheese, red onion and parsley tossed in a creamy dressing. Fresh, crisp and delicious. Perfect for cookouts or any occasion really. Serves 8 to 10+ in like 10 minutes.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Additional Time 3 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces thick cut bacon, cooked until crispy and chopped fine
  • 2 pounds frozen peas, thawed slightly
  • 6 ounces extra sharp cheddar cheese, cut into cubes
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 2 tablespoons finely minced fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

In a large mixing bowl combine the peas, bacon, cheese, onion and fresh parsley.

In a small bowl, combine the mayo, sour cream, salt and pepper. Add this dressing into the bowl with the peas and bacon and toss to combine. If the peas are still a lot frozen (like mine usually) the dressing won't look as creamy. But it will eventually when the peas thaw more.

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