This old fashioned pea salad is just like Grandma used to make. The sweet peas go so good with the savory cheese and bacon. This is a must in the summer for cookouts all the way to the holiday tables in the winter. This is an old fashion staple that has stood the test of time. My grandmother used to serve this and now I do. I am going to be completely honest here, when I was younger I was not a fan of this Pea salad. For as long as I can remember my Mom , Grandmother and Aunt has always had this salad at a family holiday or event . Then BAM in my later teenage years I finally tried it and loved it. I mean what’s not to love? So Yummy and delicious .. If you are looking for something a little different give this Strawberry Lemon Coleslaw a try,
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What you will need to make Old Fashioned Pea Salad and Tips :
- Frozen Peas, I prefer frozen and thawed peas since they have a firmer texture
- Bacon – I use precooked bacon and crisp it up in the microwave
- Boiled eggs – If you don’t want to boil 2 eggs get pre boiled eggs
- Shredded cheese- I usually always recommend shredding your own but in this case you can buy it already shredded
- Mayo- I always recommend using a good quality Mayo, I like Duke’s
- Mixing bowl
- kitchen knife – click here for my favorite
- This salad will keep in the fridge up to 3 days
Let’s Make Pea Salad!
Once the bacon and eggs are prepped put the frozen peas in a colander and run cold water over them until the are defrosted, this only takes a few minutes. Place defrosted peas into a large mixing bowl. Go ahead and dice the red onions and celery then add them along with the shredded cheese . I honestly like to grate my own cheese but you can use already shredded . Add the cooled diced eggs and toss well. Then toss in the diced cooled bacon,
Now the mayo , salt and pepper can be added. Gently stir in the mayo careful not to break too many of the peas. Your Old Fashion Pea Salad is ready to be served. I like it better after it has chilled for a few hours. This can be covered and stored in the fridge up to 3 days.
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Old Fashioned Pea Salad
- 24 oz Frozen Peas thawed
- 1/3 cup diced red onion
- 2 Stalks celery diced
- 2 Boiled eggs Diced
- 1 1/2 cups shredded cheese
- 6 pieces of cooked bacon and crumbled
- 1 1/2 cups Mayo
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- Start by boiling your eggs and cooking your bacon. Dice and let them cool *See note below
- Put the frozen peas in a colander and run cold water over them until they are defrosted
- Place defrosted peas into a large mixing bowl and add diced onion , diced celery , shredded cheese , diced eggs and bacon.
- Mix together gently
- Add Mayo , salt, pepper and stir gently careful not to break the peas
- The pea salad is ready to serve . It is even better after it chills a few hours. This salad in is good covered in the Fridge up to 3 days
This post was originally posted May of 2020 and updated May of 2022
You have mayo listed 2x under ingredients? Is this correct?
Hi Dianne ..No it should have been a 1/2 tsp of pepper ..Thank you
I can’t eat eggs, what could I use as a substitute?
You can totally leave them out and it should be fine . as long as you can have mayo . If you can’t have the eggs in the mayo either you can use Greek yogurt or a vegan mayo.
This is such a classic salad! This recipe tastes just like what we used to have at our family parties when I was little. Love it!
I made this old fashion pea salad. Thanks for reminding me about a long lost forgotten recipe. Reminded me of how my grandma did it. Will make it again for the BBQ party happening in the weekend.
This is so delicious and very helpful recipe! Thank you for sharing tasty recipe! Will have this again!
I took one bite of this pea salad and it transported me right back to my grandmother’s kitchen. The flavor was spot on and I just love the texture of the soft peas in combination with the crunchy celery. I will definitely be making this again this spring and summer.
I definitely grew up eating pea salad and I always loved it. Now with this recipe, I can make it for my own cookouts.
This salad is so simple to make and the combination of sweet peas, bacon, and cheese is so perfect!
We made this salad using veggie bacon and it was super delicious! Thanks a lot for such a lovely recipe
This tastes just like the pea salad my aunt used to make (I actually liked it as a kid)! Thanks for the detailed instructions!
I made this for a picnic and everyone loved it! And I liked how easy it was to make. Will definitely make again! Thanks so much.
I’m not too familiar with this recipe but I’m looking forward to trying it. I also enjoyed reading about the significance of this recipe in your family. Thank you for sharing
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Hey Debra , I just checked with a PC and mobile device and everything seems to be working. If you hit the Jump to Recipe tab at the top of the page it will bring you directly to the recipe card.
I love the way you made this salad recipe. Everything is so nicely described that really helped me lots.
Thank you ! I am so glad this is helpful for you .
My mom used to make this all the time. I’ve been hungry for this salad and followed your recipe, tasted just like my mom’s.
Oh sweet memories , I am so glad this was like your Mother’s Pea Salad.