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Bacon Pea Salad

This Classic Bacon Pea Salad is easy to make and is the perfect size to serve up to a crowd. It will quickly become your new favorite side dish.

classic bacon pea salad in a white bowl

Bacon Pea Salad

You can’t go wrong with a classic pea salad recipe. It is the perfect side dish with a creamy dressing. It pairs perfectly with any smoked or grilled meat.

Whenever I am hosting a party or large gatherings where I am responsible for feeding guests, I always look for a delicious side dish that I can make in large quantities without hurting my budget.

This delicious pea salad is the perfect solution for that. It is a classic side dish that will quickly become a personal favorite.

Want another side dish idea? Try our Scalloped Potatoes Recipe and our list of 35 Best Side Dishes for Salmon.

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What You Need to Make Bacon Pea Salad

  • Frozen Sweet Peas, warmed
  • Cheddar Cheese Cubes
  • Real Bacon Bits – I made my own fresh crispy bacon but you can use the store-bought bacon bits as well.
  • Red Onion, slivered
  • Mayonnaise – If you want to cut down on calories, you can use light or fat-free mayo
  • Sour Cream – You can cut down on calories by substituting with plain greek yogurt
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Dried Dill
  • Salt
  • Pepper
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How many servings does this recipe make?

Depending on how many each person eats, this will make about 6-8 servings. You are welcome to double or even triple the recipe.

Do you put eggs in pea salad?

Classic pea salad doesn’t contain eggs, but there are many variations where people put hard-boiled eggs into their pea salad. Therefore, you can totally add eggs if you like!

What can I use instead of bacon?

If you’d rather not use bacon, you can substitute cubed ham or cubed turkey instead.

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Can I use miracle whip instead?

Yes, I realize some people prefer the taste of miracle whip over mayo. It is a perfect substitution.

How do I store leftovers?

Store any leftovers in the fridge in an airtight container (bowl with lid works great) for about 4-5 days.

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How to Make Bacon Pea Salad

Begin by making your crispy bacon. I put mine on a cookie sheet covered in aluminum foil and bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes.

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Prepare your vegetables by cooking the peas, cutting the onion into slivers and cutting the cheese into cubes.

Once you’ve prepped the peas, onions, and cheese, combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and fold until fully combined.

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Eat immediately or place in the fridge, covered, until you’re ready to serve it.

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Bacon Pea Salad

Bacon Pea Salad

Yield: 6-8 Servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This Classic Bacon Pea Salad is easy to make and is the perfect size to serve up to a crowd. It will quickly become your new favorite side dish.

Ingredients

  • 32 Ounces Frozen Peas, warmed
  • 8 Ounces Cheddar, cubed
  • 3 Ounces Real Bacon Bits
  • 1 Red Onion, slivered
  • ⅓ cup Mayonnaise
  • ⅓ Cup Sour Cream
  • 1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Teaspoon Dried Dill
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Pepper

Instructions

  1. Begin by making your crispy bacon. I put mine on a cookie sheet covered in aluminum foil and bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes.
  2. Prepare your vegetables by cooking the peas, cutting the onion into slivers and cutting the cheese into cubes.
  3. Once you’ve prepped the peas, onions, and cheese, combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and fold until fully combined.
  4. Eat immediately or place in the fridge, covered, until you’re ready to serve it.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 454Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 50mgSodium: 1041mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 9gSugar: 8gProtein: 22g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please consult with a registered dietitian for dietary advice. You may read our Nutritional Disclaimer here: https://www.simplisticallyliving.com/nutritional-disclaimer/

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