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.
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.
If you make this at your next barbecue, don’t be surprised if there isn’t any of it leftover afterwards.
To Make This Cream Bacon Pea Salad You Will Need:
- 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
- 2 tablespoons finely minced fresh parsley
For the dressing You Will Need:
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- kosher salt
- freshly ground black pepper
Next add in the peas, bacon, onion, cheddar and parley into a large mixing bowl and toss to combine.
Then 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. However, it will eventually when the peas thaw more.
Finally, serve and devour!
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