When it comes to creamy salads, there are a few that stand out as always being popular. Pasta salad, chicken salad, egg salad, and tuna salad are always good. But now there’s a new salad in town. And it’s so good just have to try it for yourself!
Peas are the star ingredient in this unusual salad and they’re accompanied by bacon, onion, and cheese, along with sugar for a touch of sweetness and apple cider vinegar for a piquant contrast.
If fresh peas are in season, you might like to use those in place of the frozen kind. Although frozen peas have more nutrients, you might be curious to discover, and that’s because they’re flash frozen when at the pinnacle of ripeness. Not a pea fan? You could use fava or edamame beans in the place of the peas. This pea salad is great for a barbecue or picnic. As long as you keep it cool, it’s easy to transport and pairs wonderfully with any kind of meat. It’s also great for a buffet or potluck supper.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe:
If you’re tired of having the same kind of salad over and over, and looking for something new and exciting, give this unusual pea salad a try. The peas, bacon, cheese, onion, and other ingredients ensure it’s full of amazing flavor, and it makes a nice side dish with just about anything.
How to Serve It:
Serve the salad chilled, alongside anything from steak to chicken, fish, or seafood.
- Cooked peas
- Diced red onion
- Cooked bacon slices
- Apple cider vinegar
- Cheddar cheese
- Sour cream
- White sugar
- Salt, to taste
How to make Classic Creamy Pea Salad:
Step 1. Whisk the mayonnaise with the sour cream, vinegar, sugar, and salt.
Step 2. Mix in the peas, onion, and most of the bacon.
Step 3. Cut the cheese into small cubes and mix that in, stirring to coat everything in the dressing.
Step 4. Chill for at least an hour or until you’re ready to serve.
Step 5. Sprinkle the remaining bacon on top of the salad.
This pea salad is unusual and tasty. It’s a creamy concoction boasting tasty peas, along with crumbled bacon, cheese, red onion, and more. You’ll find it goes with just about anything, and you can vary the ingredients, making it a little different every time.
Classic Creamy Pea Salad
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- 4 cups cooked peas
- ½ diced red onion
- 9 crumbled cooked bacon slices
- ½ tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1½ cups cheddar cheese
- ½ cup sour cream
- ½ tablespoon white sugar
- Salt to taste
- Whisk the mayonnaise with the sour cream, vinegar, sugar, and salt.
- Mix in the peas, onion, and most of the bacon.
- Cut the cheese into small cubes and mix that in, stirring to coat everything in the dressing.
- Chill for at least an hour or until you’re ready to serve.
- Sprinkle the remaining bacon on top of the salad.
Can You Make It Ahead?
Yes, you can, and it needs at least an hour to chill in the fridge anyway.
Leftovers will keep for up to 4 days in the refrigerator.
Variations and Substitutions:
You can use a different kind of cheese if you like, or add other components such as chopped nuts, raisins or dried cranberries, or chopped fresh parsley. Feel free to omit the vinegar and sugar if you want, or to change the quantities. Also, you can use Miracle Whip instead of mayo.