Pea salad with bacon is an easy summer recipe that combines raw ingredients with frozen peas and pickled banana peppers.  This simple low carb salad is served cold and has a creamy dressing.  Serve this to your family tonight and enjoy an old fashioned Southern side dish that will convert non pea lovers.

Prep Time: 25 minutes
holding a bowl of pea salad

Pea Salad with Bacon

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I’ll let you in on a little secret, I’m not a big fan of peas – my three girls are, but I do love this salad.  What’s made me a convert?  The homemade dressing and the bacon.  Oh, and the cheese! 😊 Keep reading and find out if this recipe will get your kids to gladly eat their peas.

What’s in pea salad?

The basic version has green peas, homemade dressing, onion, and cheese.  But the real beauty of pea salad is the ease in which you can customize it to your personal tastes.  Some other popular add-ins are bacon, pimentos, hard boiled egg, garlic, and my personal favorite: mild banana peppers.

spoonful of pea salad

Is pea salad low carb?

Yes, it sure is!  I hope that news brought a smile to your face.  If you scroll down past the recipe, you’ll see that it has 10.8g of carbs (4% of daily value) per serving.

How do you make a pea salad?

First, gather all the ingredients for the salad dressing: mayo, sour cream, lemon juice, vinegar, sugar, and spices.

dressing ingredients for pea salad

Put all the ingredients in a medium-sized mixing bowl.

sprinkling pepper in dressing for pea salad

Whisk together until well combined, then cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

whisking the dressing for pea salad

Next, fry up the bacon, cube the cheese, and mince the onion and banana pepper.  (If your kids aren’t crazy about cheese, cut the cubes larger to make them easy to pick out.)  Also, don’t forget to take out the frozen peas so they can defrost a little.  Ask me how I know this step is important?

salad ingredients for pea salad

Put the frozen peas in a large mixing bowl and pour the homemade dressing over top.

pouring dressing onto peas for pea salad

Thoroughly stir the dressing with a large spoon, so each green pea is well coated.

stirring peas for pea salad

Add the rest of the prepped ingredients: crumbled bacon, cubed cheese, and the minced red onion and banana pepper.  Be sure to leave a little of the bacon to use as a garnish.

pea salad ingredients in a large bowl

Using a large spoon, mix the ingredients until they are coated in the dressing.  Taste and adjust seasonings.

mixing the pea salad

Now, it’s chilling time.  Just cover it and let it sit in the fridge overnight, or an hour if you’re in a hurry.

bowl of pea salad with bacon

Just before serving, stir and adjust seasonings to taste if necessary, then transfer it to a pretty bowl.  Sprinkle on the reserved bacon and you’re all set.  Bring on the guests and enjoy!

Pro Tips for Making Pea Salad

  • Use slightly frozen peas instead of canned.
  • Don’t leave out the bacon.
  • Have some crunchy ingredients, like banana peppers.
  • Use homemade dressing for the best taste.
  • Stir, taste, and adjust the seasonings before serving.
  • If you’re feeling fancy, you can turn this into a layered salad.
  • Serve the salad cold.

There you have it!  Super simple.  You’ll want to make a big bowl of this to bring to your next covered dish event, or maybe your kids will just devour it all on their own.  Either way, you’ll make someone happy.

Loving this pea salad with bacon?  You’ll want to try these other amazing summer salads.

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Share how you enjoyed this pea salad by leaving a recipe rating below.  We’d love to hear from you!

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Pea Salad with Bacon

  • Author: Brooke
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 7 cups 1x


Pea salad with bacon is an easy summer recipe that combines raw ingredients with frozen peas and pickled banana peppers.  This simple low carb salad is served cold and has a creamy dressing.  Serve this to your family tonight and enjoy an old fashioned Southern side dish that will convert non pea lovers.



For the Salad

  • 1 cup bacon, crumbled (roughly 9 slices)
  • 1 cup marble cheese (Colby-Jack), cut in bite-sized cubes
  • 1 cup red onion, minced
  • 1/2 cup mild banana peppers, minced
  • 2 pounds frozen peas

For the Dressing

  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (from one lemon)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


Making the Dressing

  1. Whisk together the dressing ingredients until well combined.  Cover and refrigerate.

Making the Salad

  1. Pour the frozen peas into a large mixing bowl so they can mostly thaw while you make the salad.
  2. In a large cast iron skillet, cook the 9 slices of bacon in two batches over medium heat.  Flip each piece over with a fork.  When done, drain on paper towel-lined plate.  Cool, then cut into 1/4 inch pieces.
  3. Cut the cheese into cubes by cutting it into 1/4 slices with a sharp chef’s knife.  Stack three slices, then cut into sticks.  Line up the sticks and cut into cubes.  Place in a small bowl and set aside.
  4. Cut the red onion in half with a sharp knife, then remove the outer skin.  Thinly slice the onion, then mince it.  Set aside.
  5. Mince the banana peppers.
  6. Pour the salad dressing over the slightly thawed peas, and mix until all the peas are coated.
  7. Add the red onion, banana pepper, cheese, and most of the bacon (reserve some for garnish) to the peas.  Stir until well combined.  Taste, and adjust seasonings if necessary.
  8. Cover and refrigerate for an hour or overnight.
  9. Stir the pea salad just before serving, so all the peas are coated in the dressing.  Adjust seasonings, if necessary.
  10. Transfer to a pretty serving bowl and garnish with the reserved bacon.

  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: pea salad

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2 thoughts on “Pea Salad with Bacon

  1. This is the only pea salad that I know of, and it is extremely good. I am a fan of peas and the bacon brings it to another level. This is a definite must try recipe.

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