Classic Pea Salad

Classic Pea Salad

Classic Pea Salad is a simple and delicious dish that’s perfect for picnics, barbecues, or as a side dish for any meal. Here’s a basic recipe to get you started:


  • 2 cups frozen peas, thawed

  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream or Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: crispy bacon bits, chopped hard-boiled eggs, diced ham


  1. Prepare the Peas: If you’re using frozen peas, thaw them by running them under cold water in a colander. Drain well and set aside.

  1. Chop Vegetables: Finely chop the red onion and celery. You can adjust the quantities according to your taste preferences.
  2. Mix Dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream or Greek yogurt, white vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper until well combined. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.
  3. Combine Ingredients: In a large mixing bowl, combine the thawed peas, chopped red onion, chopped celery, and shredded cheddar cheese.
  4. Add Dressing: Pour the dressing over the pea mixture and toss gently until everything is evenly coated.
  5. Chill: Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or transfer the salad to a sealed container and refrigerate for at least 1 hour to allow the flavors to meld together.
  6. Serve: Before serving, give the salad a final toss to ensure the dressing is evenly distributed. If desired, garnish with crispy bacon bits, chopped hard-boiled eggs, or diced ham for extra flavor and texture.

  1. Enjoy! Serve your Classic Pea Salad as a side dish alongside your favorite grilled meats, sandwiches, or as part of a buffet spread.

Feel free to customize this recipe according to your preferences. You can add in other ingredients like diced bell peppers, shredded carrots, or chopped fresh herbs for extra flavor and crunch.

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