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Easy Pea Salad

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This easy pea salad is a vibrant blend of sweet peas, crunchy veggies, and a creamy dressing. It’s simple, satisfying, and the perfect side dish for any meal. Bring it along with deviled egg potato salad and crack pasta salad to complete any summer potluck!

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With its crisp veggies, creamy dressing with a tang from the vinegar and a hint of dill, this easy pea salad is a crowd-pleaser that you can whip up in no time.

Whether you’re heading to a potluck, a picnic, or just looking for a delightful side to complement your dinner, this salad is your go-to. And just like our tomato avocado salad and cucumber corn salad, it’s a refreshing veggie side that’s bound to be a hit!

Why I love this recipe

Seriously, it takes minutes to whip up, then let it rest if the fridge to let the flavors blend, so easy. No fuss, no stress—just pure deliciousness. Once you try it, you will understand why it’s a favorite in my kitchen!

Ingredients

pea salad ingredients on countertop
  • peas
  • red onion
  • celery
  • red bell peppers
  • sharp cheddar cheese
  • mayonnaise
  • sour cream
  • dried dill
  • apple cider vinegar
  • pink salt
  • pepper

Step by step

  1. In a large bowl, combine the peas, red onion, celery, red bell pepper, and cheddar cheese.
  2. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the mayo, sour cream, dill, apple cider vinegar, salt, and pepper until well combined.
  3. Pour the dressing over the pea mixture and toss until all ingredients are evenly coated.
  1. Cover the salad and refrigerate for at least an hour to allow the flavors to meld together.
  2. Before serving, taste and adjust the salt and pepper as needed. Garnish with additional fresh dill if desired.
  3. Serve the delicious pea salad as a side dish or enjoy it on its own. Enjoy!
pea salad in spoon

Tips for best results

  • Use thawed frozen peas: They add a crisp, sweet bite in contrast to the softer canned peas.
  • Let it chill: Refrigerating allows the flavors to blend beautifully.
  • Adjust to taste: Feel free to experiment with the seasoning to your liking.

Variations

Try adding bacon bits for a smoky flavor, or toss in some chopped hard-boiled eggs or ham cubes for extra protein.

You can also mix in a bit of Dijon mustard to the dressing for a kick.

simple pea salad on plate

Serving suggestions

Easy pea salad is incredibly versatile and can be served in various ways. Here are a few of my favorites:

  • as a side dish with grilled chicken or fish
  • alongside a sandwich for a light lunch
  • at a barbecue or picnic as a refreshing option
  • on its own as a light and satisfying snack

Storage

Store any leftover pea salad in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days. Since it’s a cold salad, there’s no need for reheating leftovers – just give it a good stir and enjoy.

This pea salad recipe does not freeze well, I do not recommend storing for longer than 3 days.

If you try this recipe please comment and rate it below, I love hearing from you!

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Easy Pea Salad


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  • Author: Melissa Riker
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x

Description

This easy pea salad is a vibrant blend of sweet peas, crunchy veggies, and a creamy dressing. It’s simple, satisfying, and the perfect side dish for any meal.


Ingredients

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  • 2 cups frozen peas, thawed
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 tsp tablespoon dried dill
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp pink salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the peas, red onion, celery, red bell pepper, and cheddar cheese.
  2. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream, dill, apple cider vinegar, salt, and pepper until well combined.
  3. Pour the dressing over the pea mixture and toss until all ingredients are evenly coated.
  4. Cover the salad and refrigerate for at least an hour to allow the flavors to meld together.
  5. Before serving, taste and adjust the salt and pepper as needed. Garnish with additional fresh dill if desired.
  6. Serve the delicious pea salad as a side dish or enjoy it on its own. Enjoy!
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooling Time: 1 hour
  • Category: Side Dish, Salad
  • Method: none
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 409
  • Sugar: 3.8 g
  • Sodium: 636.4 mg
  • Fat: 36.8 g
  • Carbohydrates: 10.5 g
  • Fiber: 2.7 g
  • Protein: 9.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 41.6 mg

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