Pea Salad with Bacon and Cheese

Gluten Free Living – 2015

Pea Salad with Bacon and Cheese is so delicious. It’s a great salad to put on your holiday menus for Easter, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day–even Mother’s Day. It’s not your typical salad, but it sure is great for potlucks or company. I saw the Pioneer Woman’s Pea Salad recipe a few months ago and it looked heavenly. This recipe with bacon, cheese, and peas in a lovely, creamy sauce is completely satisfying–especially if you enjoy peas like I do.

I decided to go in a little different direction than the original recipe. First off, I don’t like onion to overpower a salad. (Plus, my husband rarely eats onion any more). So instead of using a cup or more of diced red onion (equivalent to half of a large red onion), I cut it way back to about half a cup so it would provide a little kick but not make the salad taste too oniony.

My mom’s recipe for Pea Salad included hard-boiled eggs, so I added hard-boiled eggs on top. While I enjoyed the original dressing ingredients, I found that I needed to double the ingredients in order to have enough coating for the peas. I personally think that this recipe would be excellent with dill weed as well–either as a garnish or stirred in with the dressing.

Pea Salad with Bacon and Cheese is not only one of my favorite recipes, it’s a great side dish for any main dish meal. Of course, everything tastes better with bacon. 🙂 Including a bunch of cheddar cheese cubes in the salad, provides texture and rich, savory taste as well. Not only that, this recipe is gluten free if you purchase gluten free bacon.

I was looking for something different to make a friend during a time of bereavement. I ended up bringing her this salad along with Beef Pot Pie with Herbed Biscuits and Honey Glazed Carrots — both gluten free recipes since she has Celiac Disease. I liked the fact that I could make up this salad early in the day so I could attend to other recipes that took a lot more time.

If you’re looking for a dynamite salad recipe, Pea Salad with Bacon and Cheese is just what the doctor ordered–uh, well maybe not, but it sure is good! It’s a great way to use up garden peas and it’s just as scrumptious as can be. Try it out for your next family gathering or backyard barbecue. It’s ummmmm, ummmmm good. 😉

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Pea Salad with Bacon and Cheese has all the savory tastes you’ll love.

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Pea Salad is a great salad to serve at potlucks.

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This hearty salad is so tasty garnished with eggs.

 

Here’s what I did.

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I used these ingredients.

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Place sour cream, mayonnaise, salt, pepper, sugar and vinegar in a mixing bowl.

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Whisk ingredients until smooth.

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Combine half of the salad ingredients with the peas, red onion, bacon, cheese cubes and parsley. Stir  well. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Meanwhile, hard-boil the eggs. Cool, peel and quarter the eggs.

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Add remaining salad ingredients and stir to combine.

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Garnish with cold hard-boiled eggs, quartered. You can also sprinkle with fresh dill weed, if desired. Serve. 

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Serve Pea Salad with Bacon and Cheese along with all your other favorites for holiday gatherings, pool parties or any other time you get together with friends.

 

Here’s the recipe.

PEA SALAD WITH BACON AND CHEESE

(Recipe inspired from The Pioneer Woman)

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This lovely salad is filled with peas, bacon, cheddar cheese cubes and hard-boiled eggs and is made with a really creamy and tasty sauce. Great for potlucks and summer holidays. Gluten Free.
Pea Salad with Bacon and Cheese | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Pea Salad with Bacon and Cheese | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen
Instructions
  1. Mix sour cream, mayonnaise, sugar, vinegar, salt and pepper.
  2. Set aside.
  3. Place peas in a bowl.
  4. Add cheese, onion, bacon and parsley.
  5. Add half of the salad dressing ingredients and combine.
  6. Refrigerate a couple of hours.
  7. While salad is refrigerating, hard boil the eggs.
  8. After cool, peel eggs and cut into quarters.
  9. Remove salad from refrigerator and add remaining salad dressing.
  10. Stir to combine.
  11. Place hard-boiled egg quarters on top of salad and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Recipe Notes

NOTE: Garnish with fresh dill weed, if desired.

Recipe inspired from The Pioneer Woman.

 

[b]Pea Salad with Bacon and Cheese[/b]
Recipe Type: Salads and Salad Dressings
Cuisine: American
Author: Teresa Ambra inspired from [url href=”http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2015/03/pea-salad/” target=”_blank”]The Pioneer Woman[/url]
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 12
This lovely salad is filled with peas, bacon, cheddar cheese cubes and hard-boiled eggs and is made with a really creamy and tasty sauce. Great for potlucks and summer holidays. Gluten Free.
Ingredients
  • 4 cups frozen peas, thawed
  • 3 large or jumbo eggs, hard boiled, quartered
  • 6-oz. sharp cheddar cheese, cubed
  • ½ cup diced red onion
  • 8 slices Wright thick-sliced bacon, cooked and broken into small pieces
  • 3 tbsp. minced fresh parsley
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 2 tbsp. Hellmann’s mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 2 tbsp. white or apple cider vinegar
  • ½ tsp. salt, or more, to taste
  • ½ tsp. pepper, or more, to taste
Instructions
  1. Mix sour cream, mayonnaise, sugar, vinegar, salt and pepper.
  2. Set aside.
  3. Place peas in a bowl.
  4. Add cheese, onion, bacon and parsley.
  5. Add half of the salad dressing ingredients and combine.
  6. Refrigerate a couple of hours.
  7. While salad is refrigerating, hard boil the eggs.
  8. After cool, peel eggs and cut into quarters.
  9. Remove salad from refrigerator and add remaining salad dressing.
  10. Stir to combine.
  11. Place hard-boiled egg quarters on top of salad and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Notes
Garnish with fresh dill weed, if desired.

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I love the creamy texture of this salad.

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7 Replies to "Pea Salad with Bacon and Cheese"

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    rebecca July 18, 2015 (7:57 pm)

    Hi there! Tried making this tonight for a bbq tomorrow, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about this since I pinned it last week! I used cubed ham instead of bacon because it was on sale, hopefully it’ll taste just as good! Thank you for the awesome recipe!

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      Teresa July 18, 2015 (9:34 pm)

      Hope you and your friends enjoy it, Rebecca. I know Pea Salads sound kind of odd, but this is really good.

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    neela manogar May 19, 2015 (1:00 am)

    Salad looks awesome. Fabulous clicks.

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      Teresa May 19, 2015 (10:15 am)

      Thanks, Neela. Appreciate you stopping by.

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    Kim @The Baking ChocolaTess May 7, 2015 (2:44 pm)

    Love the pea salad with the cheese and bacon. One of my favorite salads! Yum! Teresa, your food always looks so good, it makes me want to go make it, NOW. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

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      Teresa May 8, 2015 (7:01 am)

      Thanks, Kim. You made my day. I try so hard to get good pictures, but they don’t ever turn out as clear as I would like!

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