Classic Pea Salad With Bacon

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Classic pea salad with bacon is a simple side dish that is the perfect side dish for many meals. Made with sweet, tender crisp peas, bacon, cheese, onion, and a sweet and salty dressing that is irresistible.

This salad pairs wonderful with variety of main dishes like air fryer rotisserie chicken, pork tenderloin, and steak.

Pea salad topped with bacon in a white bowl with a spoon


You’ll Love this Cold Pea Salad

Easy – This is a super simple recipe with just a few ingredients.

Delicious – Sweet, salty, crunchy, and creamy, this salad has it all. It’s perfect to serve as a BBQ side dish, bring to a potluck, holiday meal, or just to have for a meal at home.


  • Frozen peas – Could also use fresh or canned but I prefer frozen peas because they are tender crisp.
  • Shredded cheese – We like to use Colby/Jack or Cheddar cheese.
  • Red onion – The red onion adds delicious flavor and color. You can substitute with a diced green onions.
  • Bacon crumbles – Use cooked and crumbled crispy bacon or prepackaged bacon bits.
  • Mayonnaise – Used for the dressing. You can also use Miracle Whip.
  • Sour cream – You can use full or low fat sour cream.
  • Seasoned salt – Adds flavor. You can substitute with regular salt.
  • Ground black pepper – Use for seasoning.
  • Sugar – This adds a hint of sweetness to the dressing.
Mayonnaise, sour cream, sugar, seasoned salt and pepper in a bowl

How To Make Pea Salad

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  1. Dressing: Begin by making the dressing for the pea salad. Mix together mayonnaise, sugar, sour cream, seasoning salt, and ground black pepper in a small bowl.
  2. Salad: Place the frozen peas, bacon crumbles, cheese, and onion in a large bowl. Stir to toss the ingredients.
  3. Pour dressing over the salad and toss to coat.
  4. Refrigerate: Cover the bowl and place in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
Cheese, red onion, bacon, peas in a bowl with dressing in a separate bowl

Variations for Green Pea Salad

Protein: You can substitute bacon with diced ham and add in chopped hard-boiled eggs.

Vegetables: Feel free to also add in other vegetables like diced bell pepper, corn, or diced tomatoes.

Dressing: This is also great using ranch dressing. Use bottled or homemade ranch.

Green Pea Salad Recipe Tips

  • If you will be eating immediately, place the frozen peas in a colander and run cold water over them to help defrost the peas a little before mixing in the salad.
  • You can use cubed cheese instead of shredded cheese.
Pea salad topped with crumbled bacon

How To Store

Store: Store leftover pea salad covered in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. You can make this salad ahead of time before serving.

Freeze: This salad is not best frozen. The mayonnaise does not hold up well after thawing.

Recipe for Pea Salad FAQ

Is it safe to eat frozen peas?

Yes, you can safely eat frozen peas. I like using frozen peas because they have a nice, crisp texture. Frozen vegetables have been partially cooked, then flash frozen.

Can you use canned peas?

You could use canned peas, however, they are typically very soft and kind of mushy in texture. They don’t hold up as well in the salad. If you do decide to use canned peas, make sure to rinse them under cold water before mixing in the salad.

Can I make this recipe for pea salad in advance?

 Yes, you can make this simple pea salad recipe a day or two ahead of serving. I would recommend adding the bacon the day of serving.

How do you thaw frozen peas for salad?

You can run the frozen peas under cold water for 1-2 minutes to slightly thaw. They don’t need to completely thaw for the salad.

Do you put eggs in pea salad?

Hard-boiled eggs are optional for pea salad.

More easy vegetable side dishes

Let me know if you tried this green pea salad in the comments.

Bowl with peas, cheese and bacon.
5 from 27 votes

Green Pea Salad

By heather
Easy Pea Salad
Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • seasoned salt
  • ground black pepper
  • 1 16 oz bag of frozen peas
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 6 pieces bacon cooked and chopped
  • 1 cup shredded cheese


  • In a small bowl, mix together mayonnaise, sour cream, sugar, seasoned salt and ground black pepper. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, stir together frozen peas, shredded cheese, bacon crumbles and red onion. Stir in mayonnaise mixture until everything is covered.
  • Cover and store in refrigerator until ready to serve.


  • If you will be eating immediately, place the frozen peas in a colander and run cold water over them to help defrost before mixing the salad.  


Calories: 641kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 62g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 755mg | Potassium: 112mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 263IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 152mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
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Updated 2/13/2020


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  1. 5 stars
    Made this with few changes used 1 teaspoon seasoned salt, 1/4 garlic powder, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Also added 2 sliced celery, 1 can water chestnuts and 2 chopped hard boiled eggs. It was out of this world. Will make many more times.

  2. 5 stars
    I made this salad for the first time today. I need to have something healthy to snack on. It is delicious. I did use Ranch dressing this time and it is awesome this way. Thank you so much.

  3. 5 stars
    Making this for the 4th time, today. I made no changes to the recipe. It’s absolutely delicious just as written. Why fix something that’s not broken, right? Thank you for sharing it! We all love it!

  4. 5 stars
    I made this for a small get together and everyone loved it. My husband doesn’t like many vegetables but he loved this. I made a couple of changes though. I used Miracle Whip for the tang and added 1/2 packet dry ranch seasoning.

  5. I have made this recipe for 40 years! If kids don’t like cooked peas they will eat this tasty salad. A winner!