The Best Bacon Pea Salad
This bacon pea salad is a perfect side salad for just about any meal. Tonight I’m serving this salad with homemade French bread and some baked chicken thighs.
I love frozen peas more than canned peas. I do remember a salad my mom made using canned peas with cheese cubes and mayo. I haven’t made that recipe for years.
Once I was introduced to frozen sweet petite peas, my life changed. I love them in tossed salads and as a side dish. They taste so much like freshly picked peas!
This salad has sweet peas, bacon, cranberries, cashews, and green onions with a creamy mayonnaise dressing. It’s perfect for family reunions and even Sunday dinner. Everything is better with bacon, right?
It’s so funny, I was baking the bacon for this recipe, and the whole family asked, “Is this for a post, or can we eat some?” You know, the whole house smells like bacon when you cook some. In case you missed this post, How To Cook Bacon In The Oven
This dish would be perfect for your next potluck or church-sponsored neighborhood get-together. Be ready to hand out the recipe, people will love this salad.
It’s so versatile because you can add in bell peppers, hard-boiled eggs, and some of your other favorite veggies. It’s a win-win side dish for adults and kids.
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The Best Bacon Pea Salad
Gather your ingredients so you’re ready to make the recipe.
Run cold water over the frozen peas to help them thaw, and then let them drain. Set aside.
Chop the cooked bacon into small bite-size pieces.
Chop the green onions into small pieces.
Combine the cooked bacon, sweet peas, chopped green onions, cashews you’ve also chopped, and the cranberries in a large bowl. Set aside.
Grab a bowl and whisk the mayo, white vinegar, sugar, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and black pepper until smooth and creamy.
Pour the dressing over the bowl with the chopped bacon, sweet peas, chopped green onions, chopped cashews, and cranberries, and stir until evenly covered.
Bacon Pea Salad Recipe
- 1 pound of bacon, cooked and crumbled
- 10 -ounces frozen sweet Petite peas (run under cold water, drain)
- 1/4 cup chopped green onions
- 1 cups cashews, chopped
- 1 cup dried cranberries (Craisins)
- 1/2 cup mayo or Miracle Whip
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon soy sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- ground black pepper to taste
Combine the cooked bacon, sweet peas, chopped green onions, chopped cashews, and cranberries in a large bowl. Set aside. Grab a bowl and whisk the mayo, white vinegar, sugar, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and black pepper until smooth and creamy. Pour the dressing over the bowl with the chopped bacon, sweet peas, chopped green onions, chopped cashews, and cranberries, and stir until evenly covered.
How do I store this pea salad?
I store my salad in a Tupperware-type airtight container. It will be good for 2-3 days in the refrigerator.
Can I use Ranch dressing instead of making the mayo dressing?
Yes, you can. Sometimes we’re in a hurry and just need to add a quick salad dressing we have in the frig. Ranch dressing is a perfect substitute.
Can I freeze this salad?
No, I would not recommend it because the mayo would separate and the salad will be less crispy. Fresh is always best.
Can I skip the cashews?
Yes, you can, I grew up with this salad and we didn’t put any nuts in our salad.
Can I add cubed cheese to this recipe?
This salad originally had cubed cheddar cheese in it. I still add some occasionally. It’s yummy either way.
Do I need to cook the frozen peas?
Actually, frozen vegetables have been blanched, so you don’t need to cook them. Blanched means the vegetables have been dipped in boiling water and quickly dipped in cold water afterward to stop the cooking process which would make the veggies mushy.
Do I have to buy Petite or baby peas?
Here’s the deal, baby petite peas have more sugar in them so they are naturally sweeter.
Can I add some shredded cheddar cheese?
Absolutely, I love shredded cheese in this salad.
Can I use purple onions instead of green onions?
Yes, you can. I love purple onions in just about any salad. I had green onions, so I used them today.
Can I use fresh peas from my garden?
You sure can, shell them and boil them for 3-4 minutes. Rinse with cold water and drain them.
Can I add celery to this salad?
Just about every time I go to the grocery store I pick up some fresh celery. It adds crunch to this salad and/or any salad for that matter.
What about grated carrots?
For sure, I think we are all trying to add more veggies to our meals. I love grated carrots!
What can I serve with this salad?
- Chicken Legs
- Chicken Thighs
- BBQ Steak
- French Bread
- Dinner Rolls
- Spiral Ham
- Grilled Shrimp
Let me know if you make this bacon pea salad. It’s all about cooking from scratch and teaching our kids and grandkids this very important skill. Please stay safe, stay well, and keep stocking up. May God Bless this world, Linda
8 thoughts on “The Best Bacon Pea Salad”
Your instructions don’t mention combining the dressing with the rest of the ingredients. Do I keep them separate? LOL
Hi Karl, oh my gosh, you are the best! Thank you for letting me know! It’s in the post! I now added the sentence to the recipe card! LOL! You made my day, my friend! Linda
I love the idea of adding grated carrots and cheese to this salad. I also use toasted, salted sunflower seeds.
Hi Ray, oh I love salted sunflower seeds! Yummy! They would be a great addition! Linda
This kinda reminds me of a broccoli salad my aunt always brings to family gatherings that’s loved by everyone. I might have to give this a try to see if it would be the new “family hit”! I think that I will use chopped pecans…after all, I am a bonafide Georgia girl and can get them for free from my neighbors! I so love the versatility of this recipe!
Hi Ravenna, thank you for the 5 stars, my friend! It’s funny you mentioned the broccoli salad!!! I was just telling my daughter last night it reminds me of our other salad made with broccoli!! Oh, if I had Georgia pecans, I would for sure use them!!!! I love this! Linda
This is a great salad. I would not put the cashews in because I like my nuts as nuts themselves. But it would be worth trying for my family.
Hi Jackie, thank you for the 5 stars, my friend! It’s good without the cashews! I love this salad because you can switch out the ingredients! Linda