This Pea Salad recipe is made with uncooked peas, crispy bacon, shredded cheese and red onion. It is coated with a creamy mayonnaise and sour cream based dressing. A touch of honey and sprinkle of cayenne pepper brings a wow factor to this classic summer salad recipe.
One of the things I love about barbecuing in the summer is the side salads that go with it. I look forward to picnics and family reunions every summer. I love the experience of trying other’s recipes for an abundant amount of summer salad favorites.
This classic pea salad was first encountered at a family reunion years ago. Back then, I wasn’t a huge fan of peas. After trying my first bite, I knew this was a recipe I would be making on my own. The lightly sweetened dressing coated the peas with a creaminess and the bacon added crunch and smoky flavor.
Over the years I developed my own version of this salad. Sweetening it lightly with honey and sprinkling a little bit of cayenne pepper into the dressing. This family favorite summer salad recipe is one that fits my favorite sweet heat flavor profile.
Tips for making Pea Salad
Fresh sweet peas or frozen peas that have been completely thawed are recommended. Canned peas are too mushy to use in this salad and are not recommended.
Buy a brick of cheddar cheese and shred it yourself, cut into small cheese cubes
Use pre-cooked bacon or bacon bits to save time.
Mix the mayonnaise, sour cream, cider vinegar, and honey together before tossing it into the salad. This makes for an even distribution of flavor.
Ingredient Substitutions and Additions
Use a ranch dressing in place of the mayonnaise dressing
Substitute miracle whip for the mayonnaise. Leave out the honey as miracle whip is sweetened already
Stir in 2 chopped hard boiled eggs
Leave out the bacon and add chopped red pepper to make this a veggie salad
Use your favorite cheese in place of the cheddar cheese
Substitute 1 tablespoon of sugar for the honey
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Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.
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