English Pea Salad

English Pea Salad is a classic and is one of the most popular salads around. It is a great dish to take to potlucks or picnics. This salad is easy to make and can be made ahead of time and makes a great throw back to the old fashion pea salad from childhood.

Healthy Pea Salad

This pea salad recipe is light, healthy, and full of flavor. A summer favorite, it’s packed with green peas, diced onion, cheddar cheese, and delicious dill. After you see how easy it is to make, it’s sure to become one of your go to recipes for any summer meal.

It pairs well with grilled chicken, burgers, or any other main course. It’s one of those great dishes that can be made the day before you serve it and actually tastes better the second day. All those yummy flavors marry together to make a cool, creamy, and flavorful salad.

What is the Difference Between English Peas & Green Peas?

There really isn’t much difference between English and green peas. They can be found shelled or used unshelled depending on what your recipe calls for.

Green peas are also called garden peas. Peas are a fresh, flavorful choice for making salads pop, so it’s no wonder this dish is well-known.

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How to Make Pea Salad

This dish is so easy to make. Start by defrosting the cooked peas. I like to use frozen peas because they are already cooked and all you have to do is heat them up.

They’re great to keep on hand, so making a batch of this easy pea salad is as easy grabbing a few ingredients from the fridge.

Add the peas, diced onion, and cubed cheese to a large bowl. Add the bacon bits, sour cream, and other ingredients into the bowl then give it all a good stir.

That’s it! It’s that simple to make pea salad with bacon! No wonder it was so popular at church potlucks, huh?

How Long Does Pea Salad Last in the Refrigerator?

If you’re wondering how long peas salad is good for, I’ve got good news. This salad can actually last in the fridge for a up to a week.

Just store it in an airtight container and give it a stir before serving.

How to Thaw Frozen Peas

If you’re using frozen peas for this salad, you will need to thaw them before adding them to the recipe. I like to place them in a colander and run cold water over them until they are thawed.

You could also microwave them for a few seconds on defrost or just let them sit out at room temperature until they

Can You Use Canned Peas for Pea Salad?

No, I don’t recommend it. The quality of the frozen peas is so much better and they hold their shape better too.

I’ve tried this salad with canned peas and it’s just not the same. The texture is mushy and they don’t have that bright green color that frozen peas do.

So, while you can technically use canned peas, I really don’t recommend it.

Frozen Peas Recipe

If you have a bag of frozen peas in your freezer and are looking for something to do with them, this is the perfect recipe. It’s easy, healthy, and so yummy!

This salad is also a great way to use up any leftover bacon you might have. I like to cook a big batch of bacon on the weekend and then use it throughout the week in recipes like this one.

It’s perfect for a quick lunch or light dinner. Serve it with some sausage or ribs and you’ve got a meal!

Are Frozen Peas Healthy?

Frozen vegetables are a great way to get your family the best version of the veggies. Frozen vegetables are flash frozen at their peak of freshness which means they retain all their nutrients.

Frozen peas are no different and are actually very healthy for you. They’re a great source of fiber, vitamins A, C, and K, and minerals like iron and magnesium.

Frozen peas are also low in calories and fat, making them a great addition to any diet.

So, not only are frozen peas tasty, but they’re also good for you!

How to Cook Frozen Peas

One of the great things about peas is that they taste delicious and sweet when they are raw. However, if you want to cook them, they are very easy to do so.

To cook frozen peas, just place them in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil then reduce the heat and simmer for 5-7 minutes. They’re done when they are bright green and tender.

Not ready to make this green pea salad? Pin it to your Side Dish Recipes board so it’s easy to find when you need it.

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You can also cook them in the microwave on high for 2-3 minutes. Just place them in a microwave safe bowl. Again, they’re done when they are bright green and tender.

Frozen peas are great to add to soups and stews. Just add them in the last few minutes of cooking so they don’t get mushy.

Whether you’re using fresh or frozen peas, this green pea salad is sure to be a hit! It’s cool, creamy, and full of flavor. Give English pea salad a try the next time you’re looking for a side dish that will please a crowd at your backyard BBQ or day at the lake.

Yield: 6-8 Servings

English Pea Salad

English Pea Salad

English Pea Salad is a classic and is one of the most popular salads around. It is a great dish to take to potlucks or picnics.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 32 ounces Frozen peas, defrosted
  • 8 ounces Cheddar, cubed
  • 3 ounces Bacon bits or chopped bacon
  • 1 small Red onion, slivered
  • ⅓ cup Mayonnaise
  • ⅓ cup Sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon Apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dried dill
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Pepper


  1. Let the frozen peas defrost on the counter or run some cool water over them in the colander.
  2. Prepare the red onion and cubed your cheddar cheese (shredded or cube).
  3. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix carefully until the ingredients are fully combined. 
  4. Serve immediately or store in the fridge until you’re ready to serve.

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