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Southern Pea Salad

May 29, 2019 (Last Updated: April 13, 2021)

Southern Pea Salad is one of the most simple yet deliciously flavorful salads you’ll sink your teeth into this season. It is packed with organic green peas, carrots, celery, Colby-Jack Cheese, ham, crisp bacon, hardboiled eggs, crunchy sweet pickles, and red onions dressed in a creamy dressing made from a mayo base.

If you have ever been invited to a Holiday dinner, BBQ, or Potluck South of the Dixon line, chances are you have noticed this classic Southern Salad sitting on the tables waiting for passings guest to dig in. If you love peas, you won’t be able to resist this fantastic Southern concoction for very long. It’s just that damn good, maybe even better.

 

Southern Pea Salad is one of the most simple yet deliciously flavorful salads you'll sink your teeth into this seasonIt has been suggested, that the modern version or spin-off of Southern Pea Salad originates from the Iconic 1950s Southern Sevan Layer Salad that featured peas as the main ingredient in layered salad consisting of a mixture of green peas, iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, hard-boiled eggs, sharp cheddar cheese, and bacon pieces. The Layered salad is then topped with a mayonnaise-based dressing, and sour cream is added. 

 

 

 

Southern Pea Salad is one of the most simple yet deliciously flavorful salads you'll sink your teeth into this seasonI like both ideas for this salad and have seen the original at some of our church potlucks and never thought much of it being the inspiration for the Southern Pea Salad. How in the heck did I miss that over the years? I mean minus a few ingredients such as lettuce, cucumbers, and tomatoes, it’s the same. Have you had Sevan Layer Salad? Which do you prefer that or the Southern Pea Salad? Or do you enjoy both Southern dishes?

 

 

 

Southern Pea Salad is one of the most simple yet deliciously flavorful salads you'll sink your teeth into this seasonI  have been in love with the combination of ingredients in this fantastic Southern Pea Salad since I was a small child, how can you not love a tasty mixture of organic green peas, carrots, celery, Colby-Jack Cheese, ham, crisp bacon, hardboiled eggs, crunchy sweet pickles, and red onions dressed in a creamy dressing made from a mayo base? So GOOD! You can’t just have a small spoon of this; it just isn’t in the cards after the first bite.

 

 

Southern Pea Salad is one of the most simple yet deliciously flavorful salads you'll sink your teeth into this seasonLook at all those amazing flavors and textures in this beautiful salad. It’s a jumble of the total yumminess of epic proportions. Have you ever had the chance to taste Southern Pea Salad? If not, you absolutely must try this Classic Southern Pea Salad as soon as possible. I’m telling you, you have been seriously missing out on one heck of a classic side dish from the South. I have to say there are many variations, but mine is The Best! TOOT! TOOT!–That’s me tooting my own horn there lol! Can’t you tell I love this salad, Y’all?

 

 

 

Southern Pea Salad

  • Two-16-ounce bags of Frozen Organic Sweet Peas
  • Six slices thick-sliced Hardwood Smoked Bacon, fried crisp, then chopped
  • One cup Honey Ham, diced
  • Four Hardboiled eggs, peeled and diced
  • One cup Diced Colby-Jack cheese, small dices + more if desired
  • 1/2 cup organic Matchstick Carrots
  • 1/2 cup Red Onion, finely diced
  • 1/4 cup Celery, finely diced
  • Six Baby Gherkins Pickles, diced 
  • One cup Dukes Mayonnaise or your brand
  • 1/4 cup Plain Greek Yogurt or Sour cream
  • One tablespoon Organic Apple Cider vinegar
  • One Pinch of Sugar
  • Kosher Salt
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper

 

 

 

 

Most frequently asked questions

  1. How do you thaw frozen peas for the salad? Remove frozen peas from their package. Place in a colander or strainer, run cold water over vegetables until thawed, and drain. Or place the container in a resealable plastic bag, and submerge in cold water until thawed.
  2. Can you put the salad in the freezer? I do not recommend freezing the pea salad after making it. Store in the refrigerator in a tightly sealed container for 3-4 days instead.
  3. Are Frozen Peas Already Cooked? Typically, vegetables are blanched before they are frozen. Blanching means that the vegetable, in this case, peas, is briefly plunged into boiling water for a few minutes and then into ice water.

 

 

 

Southern Pea Salad is one of the most simple yet deliciously flavorful salads you'll sink your teeth into this season

Southern Pea Salad

hmccallum
Southern Pea Salad is one of the most simple yet deliciously flavorful salads you’ll sink your teeth into this season. Packed with organic green peas, carrots, celery, Colby-Jack Cheese, ham, crisp bacon, hard boiled eggs, crunchy sweet pickles, and red onions dressed in a creamy dressing made from a mayo base.

4.86 from 28 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Chill 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 2 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine American, Southern
Servings 8 People
Calories 400 kcal

Equipment

  • Cast Iron Skillet
  • Large Salad Bowl
  • Small Glass Bowl
  • Measuring Cups
  • Knife

Ingredients
  

  • 2-16- ounce bags of Organic Frozen Peas Thawed
  • 6 slices Crisp Hardwood Smoked Bacon Chopped
  • 1 cup Honey Ham Diced
  • 4 large Hard Boiled Eggs Peeled and diced
  • 1 cup Colby-Jack Cheese Diced
  • 1/2 cup Organic Matchstick Carrots
  • 1/4 cup Celery Diced
  • 1/2 cup Red Onion Finely diced
  • 6-7 Baby Gherkins Pickles Diced

Homemade Dressing

  • 1 cup Duke's Mayonnaise + more if needed
  • 1/4 cup Plain Greek Yogurt or Sour Cream
  • 1 tablespoon Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 pinch Sugar
  • Kosher salt  to own taste
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper to own taste

Instructions
 

  • Cook the 6 slices of Hardwood bacon until Crisp, about 12 minutes
  • In a large bowl combine thawed organic peas, chopped hardwood smoked bacon, diced honey ham, diced hard boiled eggs, Colby-Jack cheese, celery, carrots, finely diced red onion, and diced pickles,
  • In a small bowl combine Mayo, Greek Yogurt or sour cream, organic apple cider, and salt and pepper. Whisk until creamy.
  • Add the homemade dressing to the salad, toss to combine, refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.

Notes

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Nutrition

Calories: 400kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 14gFat: 34gSaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 138mgSodium: 716mgPotassium: 232mgFiber: 1gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 1860IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 154mgIron: 1mg
Keyword bacon, Pea Salad, Southern Pea Salad
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Southern Pea Salad is one of the most simple yet deliciously flavorful salads you'll sink your teeth into this season. Packed with organic green peas, carrots, celery, Colby-Jack Cheese, ham, crisp bacon, hardboiled eggs, crunchy sweet pickles, and red onions dressed in a creamy dressing made from a mayo base.

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33 Comments

  • Reply
    Julie
    July 15, 2019 at 8:23 pm

    I love peas so this was really good. Perfect for picnic/bbq season too. Loved all the flavor.

  • Reply
    Jacque Hooper
    July 15, 2019 at 7:44 pm

    I am loving the bacon with the peas; tastes amazing! I am already looking forward to enjoying this again tomorrow! Yum!

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      October 3, 2019 at 1:14 pm

      Truly a wonderful combo and if you love peas you will love this I bet Jacque.

  • Reply
    Elaine
    July 15, 2019 at 7:41 pm

    Yes, this is what a pea salad should be – it looks great, and it tastes incredible!

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      October 3, 2019 at 1:15 pm

      Thank you, Elaine! So happy to see you commenting and sharing. Thank you again.

  • Reply
    J Z Eats
    July 15, 2019 at 6:23 pm

    I think this is one of my favorite salads to date…and it’s so damn pretty on the table! I will be saving this recipe.

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      October 3, 2019 at 1:15 pm

      Aww thank you, JZ that just made my day.

  • Reply
    Tania
    July 15, 2019 at 5:19 pm

    That’s one perfect tasting summer salad! Bookmarking it for all the summer BBQs!We loved this recipe.

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      October 3, 2019 at 1:16 pm

      Tania, thank you so much! This is a great recipe even during the holidays as a sidedish. Let me know if you try it.

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    Jennifer Sikora
    May 30, 2019 at 10:59 am

    This salad tastes amazing. I can’t wait to make it for our next Potluck or gathering we have. Our family really liked it and I want to share with our friends.

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      July 15, 2019 at 5:02 pm

      Thank you, Jennifer, it’s so easy and delish

  • Reply
    Kiki Johnson
    May 29, 2019 at 3:16 pm

    I have actually never had a pea salad before today, would you believe it? It was so incredibly delicious – the perfect side! Saving the recipe.

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      July 15, 2019 at 5:03 pm

      Hello, Kiki, It really is good! You seriously have to try it.

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      October 3, 2019 at 1:13 pm

      Kiki, you must try it. If you love peas you will love this. I just don’t advise using canned peas as the texture will not be firm. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Reply
    Veena Azmanov
    May 29, 2019 at 3:08 pm

    Love this amazing and yummy salad with so many combinations added to it. One of my favorite Dinner option too.

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      July 15, 2019 at 5:03 pm

      Thank you, Veena, so happy you enjoyed the recipe

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      October 3, 2019 at 1:12 pm

      Hey there, Ms. Venna! Always thrilled to hear from our readers about favorite dishes or meals. Thank you for sharing.

  • Reply
    Sara Welch
    May 29, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    What a rich and savory tasting side dish! Can’t wait to make this again with dinner tonight!

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      July 15, 2019 at 5:04 pm

      Thank you, Ms. Sara, so thrilled you like it.

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      October 3, 2019 at 1:11 pm

      Sara, this salad is really awesome with the layers of flavor and textures. Enjoy my friend.

  • Reply
    kristina
    May 29, 2019 at 1:52 pm

    This has got to be one of my favorites! So many tasty flavors and wonderful crispy textures we enjoyed! Will be making this for our friends this summer

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      July 15, 2019 at 5:04 pm

      Thank you, you won’t be disappointed I can guarantee that! We love it!

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      October 3, 2019 at 1:10 pm

      Thank you, it’s such a great salad to make even on the Holidays. Enjoy

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