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Old Fashioned Pea Salad

Peas salad prepared in a white serving bowl

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, 

 

Single serving of pea salad in a white bowl

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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!

All of the ingredients for the pea salad without mayo

 

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,

The peas and all of the ingredients tossed together

 

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.

Adding the mayo to the peas salad

 

 

Enjoy!

Single serving of pea salad

 

 

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Old Fashioned Pea Salad

This old fashion pea salad is just like Grandma used to make. The sweet peas go so good with the savory cheese and bacon. This creamy salad is a BBQ must.
4.18 from 52 votes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Course Salads
Servings 7
Calories

Ingredients
  

  • 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

Instructions
 

  • 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

Video

Notes

At most supermarket they have already boiled eggs and already cooked bacon. The bacon needs to be crisped up in the microwave . Both of these items are huge time savers.
I usually grate my own cheese but already shredded can be used
Keyword Old Fashioned recipes, Pea Salad
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

This post was originally posted May of 2020 and updated May of 2022

 

 

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Dianne
Dianne
3 years ago

You have mayo listed 2x under ingredients? Is this correct?

Susan Wardon
Susan Wardon
2 years ago

I can’t eat eggs, what could I use as a substitute?

Sophia
Sophia
2 years ago

5 stars
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!

Raksha
2 years ago

5 stars
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.

allyssa
allyssa
2 years ago

5 stars
This is so delicious and very helpful recipe! Thank you for sharing tasty recipe! Will have this again!

Jessica
Jessica
2 years ago

5 stars
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.

Sharon
2 years ago

5 stars
I definitely grew up eating pea salad and I always loved it. Now with this recipe, I can make it for my own cookouts.

LaKita
2 years ago

5 stars
This salad is so simple to make and the combination of sweet peas, bacon, and cheese is so perfect!

Laura Arteaga Amorós
2 years ago

5 stars
We made this salad using veggie bacon and it was super delicious! Thanks a lot for such a lovely recipe

Amy
Amy
2 years ago

5 stars
This tastes just like the pea salad my aunt used to make (I actually liked it as a kid)! Thanks for the detailed instructions!

Erin
2 years ago

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.

Moop Brown
Moop Brown
2 years ago

5 stars
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

Debra La Bella
Debra La Bella
2 years ago

CAN’T READ PEA RECIPE. Something wrong with application.

mobasir hassan
1 year ago

5 stars
I love the way you made this salad recipe. Everything is so nicely described that really helped me lots.

Jean
Jean
1 year ago

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.

Penny
Penny
10 months ago

It’s missing chopped onion and chopped pickles. That’s what my Grannie and Mom had in theirs.

Penny
Penny
10 months ago
Reply to  Debbie

4 stars
I’m sorry Debbie, I skimmed over onions in your recipe,(was multi-tasking). Yes, diced dill pickles adds another layer of crunchy to the salad.

Barb
Barb
10 months ago

Are frozen peas raw or cooked? I have my own frozen from my garden that were just frozen after being harvested. Wondered if the store bought are cooked, if so, I will cook mine first. Thanks!

ANN HAMMANN
9 months ago

What is the best brand of frozen peas should I use?