This 15 minute Creamy Pea Salad Recipe is filled with sweet peas, crispy bacon and cheese in a creamy sauce.
If you’re looking for a delicious side dish recipe to go with your dinner, this pea salad recipe is the BEST!
How To Make Creamy Pea Salad Recipe:
- Start by rinsing some frozen peas under cool water to help them defrost. Drain them and add to a large bowl.
- Add in the remaining ingredients and stir to coat.
- Keep refrigerated until ready to enjoy!
Pea Salad with Bacon or Ham
I love adding in salty, crumbled bacon to this salad, but you can also use cubed ham! It’s a great way to use up any leftover ham as an easy side dish recipe.
For this recipe I also use a cubed colby-jack cheese, but you could use shredded cheese if desired.
What to Serve with Pea Salad
Pea Salad is great as a simple side dish recipe in the spring or summer. It’s cool and creamy and pairs perfectly with grilled meats, Easter Ham, or bbq chicken. Here are some of my favorite main dishes to go with this Creamy Pea Salad Recipe.
- Crock Pot Ham Recipe
- Juicy Turkey Burgers
- Classic Meatloaf Recipe
- Honey Dijon Grilled Chicken Breasts
More Make Ahead Side Dish Recipes:
Since this recipe is so quick to prep, it’s perfect for a make ahead side dish. You can prep this pea salad up to 2 days ahead of time. Just keep it refrigerated and give it a good stir before serving.
Here are some more of my favorite make ahead side dish recipes:
You really can’t beat this super easy side dish! It’s ready in about 15 minutes and even my pickiest eater asked for seconds!
HELPFUL PRODUCTS TO MAKE THIS RECIPE:
Creamy Pea Salad Recipe
- 2 lbs. frozen green peas, thawed
- 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup mayo
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 cup diced red onion
- 8 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
- 1 cup cubed colby-jack cheese
- Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and stir to combine, making sure to coat all the ingredients well.
- Store covered in the fridge until ready to serve. Enjoy within 3 days.
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I added a little ranch, garlic and onion powder to the mayo and yogurt. I also sautéed the onions in some of the bacon grease. Still felt the dressing was missing something…and it’s dijon mustard. Highly recommend adding a bit in, really makes this recipe pop.
Sounds great! I bet the dijon in the dressing is a great addition.
On the nutrition fact the serving size is 10 but how much is a serving? 1/2 cup 1 cup?
I’m not the cook, my mom is and even this was very easy for me. It has become a stable for the holidays. Love,love, love this quick recipe version. I use sour cream if I’m out of greek yogurt mixed with Blue Plate Mayonnaise.
I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe!!
Best Welding Helmet
I grew up having this salad for almost every summer family get together, but I don’t think it had bacon. This recipe sounds wonderful and I can’t wait to make it. Thank you
I’ve made it with ham. I’m going to make this one tonight for pot luck at work tomorrow.
This really sounds good. I need to go over the ingredients to figure sodium content since my husband is on a low sodium diet.
The nutrition information should be listed in the recipe box. Sometimes it takes a minute or two for it to fully load.
Thank you for quick reply. One more question…is the 515 mg sodium for the whole salad?
Hi Bonnie, according to the program we use to calculate nutrition, this is for 10 servings. I’m sure if you used a lower sodium bacon that would significantly reduce the sodium content.
Do you cook the peas or just thaw and mix? I’m making this for church potluck.
No cooking needed. Just thaw under cold water. 🙂 Enjoy!
Linda M. Thomas
Looks great and yummy! This pea salad is easy to make. Healthy food that suit to my diet plan. Hopefully my family will love this too. Thank you Shawn for a healthy snack like this.
Hi Linda, I’m so glad you enjoyed it!
this sound great . can’t wait to try it.
Hope you enjoy it Diane!
i sure did & thanks
Tastes great. Will be making for parties this summer. Very quick and easy.
I’m so glad you enjoyed it!
Can I use canned peas instead. I like them better than frozen
Well if you like them better than frozen I guess you’ll have to… but YIKES super soft & mushy salad!
The canned peas will change the texture drastically, but you are welcome to try it!
I grew up having this salad for almost every summer family get together, but I don’t think it had bacon. This recipe sounds wonderful and I can’t wait to make it. Thank you!
Hi Monna, I’m glad you are trying it out. I know you will enjoy it!