I am going to be completely honest here, when I was younger I was not a fan of this Old Fashioned 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 about old fashioned pea salad. It’s cool and creamy. The sweetness of the peas mix with all of the other savory ingredients is just fabulous. If you love cool and creamy salads in the warmer months you must try my Strawberry Lemon Coleslaw.
This salad won’t win any beauty pageants but don’t let that scare you off. One taste of this yumminess and you will be hooked. I prefer to use frozen peas in my salad because they seem a littler firmer . Nobody wants mushy peas in their salad. This is easy to throw together but it does take a little preparation. I usually will put my eggs on to boil and fry my bacon and dice it up first. Once I peel the eggs and dice them I set them aside to cool . If that sounds like a lot of work at most supermarkets they have precooked bacon and already boiled and peeled eggs. Both of these items are a dream and a big time saver. The bacon I usually crisp up in the microwave.
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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