Pea Salad is a quintessential recipe for spring and summer and so easy. Peas, Cheese, and slices of bacon make this a flawless cold salad side dish for outdoor summer servings. Highly rated, this classic pea salad is simply one of the most highly rated pea salad recipes on Pinterest! The perfect creamy dressing just wraps the peas up in love and every bite contains a bit of perfect red onion and cheese. Optionally, pea salads are so complementary to bits of crunchy bacon as a topping. Love more cheese? Instead of shredded, simply add bite sized cubes of cheese. No matter how you enjoy pea salad, this recipe is perfect for potlucks, parties, and holidays as the most important side dish.
In a large mixing bowl combine thawed peas (drained of any excess water), cut bacon, diced red onions, shredded cheddar cheese, and mayonnaise, and mix all pea salad ingredients together well.
Season salad with salt and pepper and mix again to incorporate seasonings.
Refrigerate pea salad 4 hours or overnight. Mix well before serving to prevent settling.
Chill for at least 4 hours and keep cold prior to serving.
Do you have to thaw frozen peas? Yes, it’s best to thaw frozen pieces to remove excess moisture in the salad. We tend to leave the frozen bag in the fridge the day before we have to make the salad. However, if you need to make the salad immediately simply remove peas from the bag and rinse with cold water until defrosted.
How long does creamy pea salad last? Pea salad is one of my favorite recipes so I would say it only lasts a day! But this flavorful salad can be stored and eaten for up to 3 days (as with most foods) in the fridge. Because of the shelf life, it’s fine to make a day ahead of time to serve.
How to store cold pea salad. Old fashioned pea salad can be stored for quite a few days just fine in the fridge. Seal in an airtight container for up to 3 days. If pea salad is a little dry from the cold, add in a bit of mayo (a little at a time) till creamier consistency. Please note that any bacon in the salad will likely go soft in the salad.