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Creamy Bacon Pea Salad

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This Creamy Bacon Pea Salad Recipe is so delicious and easy to make, everyone will be asking you for the recipe. Peas, bacon, red onions, and cheese in a delicious homemade creamy dressing, this salad is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Bacon Pea Salad Recipe

Creamy Bacon Pea Salad

You of course know the classic cold salads like potato salad, pasta salad, and broccoli salad. But for a really delicious take on the favorite side dish salads, go for the pea salad! It’s so simple to make and so perfect for your next BBQ, picnic, or cookout.

This Bacon Pea Salad Recipe goes really nicely with a burger, hot dog, or barbecue. I could also see this being a really nice dish to bring to a potluck or make for a party.

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The Ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need to make the Bacon Pea Salad Recipe (the exact measurements and full recipe instructions are below in the printable recipe card):

  • Frozen sweet peas
  • Bacon
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Red onion

For the dressing:

  • Sour cream
  • Mayonnaise
  • Granulated sugar
  • White vinegar
  • Salt
  • Pepper

ingredients to make Bacon Pea Salad Recipe

How to Make Bacon Pea Salad Recipe

Start by whisking together the ingredients for the salad dressing in a small mixing bowl. Cover and refrigerate while you move on to the next steps.

In a large mixing bowl, toss together the peas, cooked bacon, cheddar cheese, and diced red onion.

cheese, bacon, red onion, and peas in a clear bowl

Pour the salad dressing over the salad, then toss to mix.

pouring dressing over pea salad

It’s just that simple!

a spoonful of Bacon Pea Salad Recipe


Here are some possible variations you might want to try:

  • Vidalia onion – if you don’t have a red onion or would prefer to use another type of onion, try using a sweet vidalia.
  • Fresh peas – yes, you can use fresh peas in this recipe! Just be sure to blanch the peas in boiling water for a minute or two to soften, then drain the peas and cool completely to room temperature before using them in the salad.
  • Vinegar – the recipe calls for white vinegar, but you could use a red wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar instead.
  • Cubed cheese – instead of shredded cheddar cheese, try chopping an 8-ounce block of cheese into small cubes and adding them to the salad.

Bacon Pea Salad Recipe in a white bowl on a wood table

How to Store the Leftovers

Be sure to keep the salad refrigerated. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or transfer the salad to an airtight container and refrigerate for up to three days. Serve the salad cold.

Bacon Pea Salad Recipe in a white serving dish

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Bacon Pea Salad Recipe

Published By Jill
This Bacon Pea Salad Recipe is so delicious and easy to make, everyone will be asking you for the recipe. Peas, bacon, red onions, and cheese in a creamy sauce, this salad is sure to be a crowd pleaser. 
5 from 20 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 3 hrs 15 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 12



  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


  • 4 cups frozen sweet peas thawed
  • 12 strips bacon cooked until crisp then finely chopped or crumbled
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 a medium red onion peeled and diced


  • In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the salad dressing ingredients. Cover and refrigerate while you move on to the next steps.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the peas, cooked bacon, shredded cheddar cheese, and diced red onion.
  • Pour the salad dressing over the salad in ingredients in the large bowl; toss well. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours before serving.
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This salad is pretty darned healthy…. except for the dressing. Swap yogurt for mayo?? Thanks

Have you tried it with yogurt instead of mayo, if so how does it taste.

I’m definitely going to make this.5 stars

I can’t wait to make this…. I will double it when taking to a cookout….they will love it!!!

Sounds awesome and so easy. Definitely will make

I like adding Hard boiled eggs to this salad as well. It comes from an old family recipe that my Gr Grandmother used to make

I was thinking the exact same thing. I believe I am going to substitute hard boiled eggs instead of tomato

Sounds yummy!

Tried this recipe… delicious!!

Added some broccoli and yummy!!!! Great side dish and healthier than pasta sides!

I used to make this salad many years ago and added cashews to it. Makes it super special.5 stars

Also add redskin peanuts or any other peanuts you may have. ☕5 stars

Can’t wait to make this.
..looks delish!5 stars

I love this salad!Think I will go make this right now for tonight.

This recipe looks so refreshing but our family does not like peas. Do you think we could use green beans? Thank you.

Try broccoli instead 🙂

No matter what i’m going to make it

This was delicious and I can’t wait to eat more tomorrow.5 stars

Great recipes!

I loved this recipe! thank you so much. I did however go over the amts for the sour cream and Mayo (just a couple of tablespoons each) I added a dash of Garlic Powder at my neighbors suggestions. She is my taste tester 🙂 This is going in the 3 ring binder as a keeper!

Love This#5 stars

I haven’t had this for forty years. It was always there at Thanksgiving Dinner and I always loved it. Thanks for reminding me…..I will definitely have to make this soon (just to bring back the happy memories as everyone I shared the table with is now gone).
forgot to give it 5 stars.

Last edited 3 months ago by Jeffrey W. Schuler

I made this a little more keto friendly using cauliflower and broccoli instead of peas and monk fruit sweetener instead of sugar.  Definitely a keeper.  Thanks so much!5 stars