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Pea Salad Recipe

This Classic Pea Salad Recipe is a perfect side for any meal! Peas, crispy bacon, red onion and chunks of cheese all mixed in a creamy dressing. Pairs perfectly with ham at Easter, or with grilled meats. Creamy and flavourful!

It’s finally spring! After a verrrrrrrry long wintery winter here in Alberta, we are most definitely ready for spring. Truth be told, I actually have mixed feelings about spring. Theoretically spring is wonderful…green grass, birds chirping, flowers blooming, trees budding. Realistically, here in Alberta spring is rain/snow mix, brown grass and really random weather. It’s tough. I’m ready for sunshine and flowers but that doesn’t happen here until at least June. So to brighten things up, I bring spring indoors and decorate the house, I bake carrot cake and make spring desserts, all things that add cheer to our home.

Pea Salad Recipe

About this Pea Salad

This pea salad is light and creamy. The fresh peas with cheddar cheese, red onion and crispy bacon, all tossed in a creamy sour cream and mayo dressing, make for a delicious spring side dish. And it’s so perfect served with ham.

Pea Salad Recipe

Add this Pea Salad to your Easter Menu!

But what I do love about this time of year, is that we can look forward to Easter. I love Easter. In fact I think Easter might even be my most favourite of holidays food-wise…springy fresh brunches and delicious ham dinners. Yum. Every Easter our family will serve up basically the same menu…baked ham, scalloped potatoes, carrot cake, peanut butter confetti cake…so much deliciousness. But this year I’m going to add a new dish to the menu, and it is this Pea Salad Recipe. This is a perfect side dish for Easter, and it’s also great for potlucks! This salad reminds me a lot of the 7 layer salad that we love so much, but it’s a bit more simple and quick to make.

Pea Salad Recipe

Make ahead or serve right away!

Really, you could make this pea salad in about 15 minutes and then serve it right away (assuming you have some cooked bacon ready to go). Or if you wish, you can prepare it up to a day ahead and have it ready ahead of time. It’s so easy to make, and really, the longest part of making this salad is cooking the bacon.

Pea Salad Recipe

Delicious and simple.

Pea Salad Recipe Tips:

  • Peas: To Thaw or Not To Thaw? If you want to serve the salad right after you make it, you should thaw the peas in the fridge overnight. OR you can toss the salad with frozen peas if you are planning to serve the salad a few hours later, or even the next day. Sometimes I will let the peas thaw while I cook the bacon as well. Or you can float the sealed bag of peas in a large bowl of cold water to thaw.
  • Bacon: I like to cook bacon in the oven. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, making sure that the paper goes over the edges so the bacon grease will stay in the paper. Lay the bacon out on the paper, making sure not to layer it. Then put it in the oven, and set the temperature to 425 degrees F. Cook for 20 – 25 minutes or until the bacon is cooked enough to crumble.
  • Sour Cream: You can also use Greek yogurt as an alternative. I’ve also used ranch dressing in a pinch.
  • Cheese: Use a sharp cheddar cheese for maximum flavour.
  • Make Ahead: You can make this salad up to 1 day ahead. Store in an airtight container in the fridge and mix well before serving.
  • Leftovers: Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Mix well before serving.
  • Variations: You can serve with sliced boiled eggs, or substitute the bacon for turkey bacon. This is a very versatile pea salad.

Pea Salad Recipe

This Pea Salad Recipe is a perfect side for any meal! Peas, crispy bacon bits, red onion and chunks of cheese all mixed in a creamy dressing. Pairs perfectly with ham at Easter, or with grilled meats. Creamy and flavourful!

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 68 servings 1x
  • Category: Salad


Units Scale
  • 1 (750 g) bag frozen peas, thawed (see notes)
  • 1 lb bacon (cooked and chopped)
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped red onion
  • 1 cup small cubed cheddar cheese


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp sour cream
  • 2 tsp milk


  1. In a salad bowl toss together the thawed peas, onion, cheese and bacon.  (See notes)
  2. In a separate bowl, blend together the ingredients for the dressing: the mayonnaise, sour cream and milk. I like to use a hand blender for this step, you can also use a whisk.
  3. Add the dressing to the peas and mix well.
  4. You can serve this salad right away, or it can chill in the fridge until you are ready to serve it, for up to 1 or 2 days. This salad actually gets better after it has rested. Just make sure to give it a stir before serving.
  5. If you wish, you can season with salt and black pepper to taste.

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  1. I am always looking for side dishes that are quick to make, especially when entertaining. This pea salad looks amazing… pinning to try. Winter was definitely long this year, hoping spring is hear to stay. Love all the recipes from this “spring” collaboration. Have a great week Jo-Anna!

  2. That looks like a great side salad! My family loves peas so I’ll have to try it. I LOVE your idea about making the inside of your house feel spring-like. I love buying potted tulips and other flowers so I can enjoy them indoors then when they die off I transplant the bulbs into my garden. Happy Easter!!

  3. Oh that pea salad looks delishious. Love the bacon and mayo. Yep baking bacon is the best! Montreal has also a rain/snow mix spring, unitl yesterday. Just had lunch in flip flops and shortsleeves right now. Tomorrow back to rain and cold.

  4. Yummy salad, and so easy to put together too ! Love the addition of bacon….really, who doesn’t ?! I like to brush some maple syrup when I bake mine. It was a nice round-up ! Happy Spring !

  5. I absolutely love this, Jo-Anna! I’ve never made a pea salad before, but it’s something I’ve been wanting to whip up because they always look so scrumptious. I’m totally going to give this a go this summer, and I’ll replace the bacon with this vegetarian bacon I’ve found that actually does its meaty counterpart justice. Maybe I won’t even tell anyone… maybe no one will suspect a thing πŸ™‚ I deffo don’t want to leave it out. That salty crunch sounds like it would add so much to the creamy goodness of this bad boy.

  6. I hear you. We are in Alberta as well, and this morning it was snowing….I am soooo ready for warm temperatures and sunny days! Where I am from, spring starts at the end of February and by now the temperatures are already summer-like πŸ™ – Anyway, this pea salad will be on our menu soon, maybe like Dana, with a “fake” bacon to replace the real one πŸ™‚ . Love it and it sounds so easy and quick, which is always a plus!

  7. I am so in love with this! Bright, flavourful, and definitely reminds me of spring. This would be perfect on my Easter table (and I have to agree, Easter is probably one of my favourite holidays because of the food!)

  8. Wow, this looks delicious! I don’t eat bacon so I’d leave it out but it looks plenty flavourful that it would still be amazing without πŸ™‚ hope you get some warm spring-y days soon!