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Pea Salad

This Classic Creamy Pea Salad with Bacon is a delicious combination of sweet peas, bacon, cheddar cheese, red onion and a simple, zesty dressing. This simple side dish is perfect for the summer months and is a welcome addition to potlucks, cookouts, BBQs, and baby showers! Perfect for small or large gatherings, this easy side salad can be pulled together in just minutes and can also be made up to three days in advance.
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword creamy pea salad, pea salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 291kcal
Author Trish - Mom On Timeout


  • 16 ounces frozen petite peas
  • 4 ounces sharp cheddar cheese cubed
  • 1/2 small red onion diced
  • 1/4 pound bacon cooked and finely chopped


  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  • Remove peas from freezer and place in a colander and allow to slightly thaw while preparing the dressing.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, sour cream, sugar, apple cider vinegar, salt, and black pepper.
  • Add the peas, bacon, cheddar cheese, and red onion and fold/stir to combine.
  • Chill the salad for at least one hour before serving. The salad can be made up to 3 days in advance.



Calories: 291kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 430mg | Potassium: 201mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 674IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 132mg | Iron: 1mg