Best Ever Creamy Pea Salad with Bacon

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Creamy Pea Salad with Bacon is a popular southern dish that is filled with crunchy peas, crispy bacon, chopped red onions, and cheddar cheese. This is an easy to make side dish that is perfect for your next potluck! 

For more delicious potluck side dish ideas be sure to try California Spaghetti Salad, Ambrosia Salad, or Pistachio Salad.

Creamy Pea Salad with Bacon in a bowl.

Creamy Pea Salad

Peas. You either love them or hate them right? I love peas. One of the only veggies I actually like to eat. Even if you don’t like peas, this creamy pea salad is a potluck staple. I have been making some classics here on the blog lately. Ones that I have grown up with and are always at a potluck or family gathering. This creamy pea salad is one of them. It is a southern favorite and really popular. And filled with bacon, it makes it even better!

I love this pea salad because it is so simple to make. I am usually in a hurry to make something quick for a BBQ and that is why I love to make this dish. You just have to add in some thawed peas, bacon, cubed cheese, and red onion and toss it in a creamy mixture. It is ready to go out the door in no time at all.

Creamy Pea Salad with Bacon ingredients before they are mixed together in a bowl.

How do you make pea salad?

  • To start, add the peas, cooked bacon, red onion, cubed cheese and chopped parsley to a large bowl.
  • Make your creamy dressing by adding sour cream, mayonnaise, cider vinegar, and sugar. Pour on top of the pea mixture and toss until it is coated.
  • Let chill in the fridge for about 3o minutes before serving.

Is it safe to eat frozen peas?

A commonly asked question and yes. When you cook frozen peas, you really are just warming them up. No vegetables or fruit are bad for you when eating them raw.

Mixing ingredients with creamy sauce.

Why is this pea salad the best?

This pea salad is perfected in the creamy mixture. I have had many pea salads in my day, and come to perfect the creaminess in this pea salad. With added sour cream, a little bit of cider vinegar and a tablespoon of sugar, you will quickly agree this one is the best!

Close up on creamy pea salad.

Can I substitute shredded cheese for cubed?

Absolutely! You can substitute shredded cheese or cubed. I just prefer to cube my cheese in my pea salad.

This dish is perfect for featuring a veggie at your next gathering. Tossed with bacon and cheese in a creamy mixture, this is sure to be a huge hit! I know your family is going to love this recipe just as much as we do!

Close up on creamy pea salad with a spoon.

Creamy Pea Salad with Bacon

4.89 from 9 votes
Creamy Pea Salad with Bacon is a popular southern dish that is filled with crunchy peas, crispy bacon, chopped red onions, and cheddar cheese. This is an easy to make side dish that is perfect for your next potluck!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 2 pounds peas thawed
  • 1/2 cup red onion chopped
  • 1 1/2 cup cheddar cheese cubed
  • 8 slices bacon cooked and chopped
  • 3 Tablespoons parsley chopped
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 3 Tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 Tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl add the peas, red onion, cheddar cheese, bacon and parsley. 
  • In a small bowl whisk together sour cream, mayonnaise, cider vinegar, and sugar.
  • Pour the creamy mixture in the large bowl over the peas. Toss until the peas are fully coated. Chill for 30 minutes before serving.

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Nutrition

Serves:

Calories2745kcal (137%)Carbohydrates159g (53%)Protein118g (236%)Fat184g (283%)Saturated Fat78g (390%)Cholesterol372mg (124%)Sodium2633mg (110%)Potassium3074mg (88%)Fiber48g (192%)Sugar72g (80%)Vitamin A10430IU (209%)Vitamin C385.8mg (468%)Calcium1610mg (161%)Iron16.1mg (89%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. 5 stars
    I made this for this weekend. I had really good quality ham so diced that up and added in place of bacon. YUM. A local grocery store makes theirs fresh and I adore it….THIS however, is light years better!

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