I wouldn’t say that I was a picky eater growing up. But there were certain things that made going to bed without dinner actually appealing. Peas were one of those things. I am not quite sure why. Maybe it was because they were tiny green balls, maybe it was because I would rather roll them around on my plate then try to pick them up with my fork. Either way, when my mom put a plate of dinner in front of me with peas on it, I was not impressed. Then one day she got sneaky. She put a plate in front of me with peas on it but she did something different to them, they were mixed with other things like BACON. And I loved bacon. I ate the whole plate and asked for seconds. Mom: 1 Kid: 0.
Now that I’ve grown up a bit, I still wouldn’t say that I am a huge fan of plain peas, but to this day pea salad is one of my favorite summer salads. My version is a little different them my moms, of course there is bacon and onions but instead of all mayonnaise I mixed in a little plain yogurt too and to get the real summer flavor I added a bit of fresh dill.
Pea Salad with Bacon and Fresh DillPrint Recipe
- 5 slices thick cut bacon, diced into bite size pieces
- 16 ounce bag frozen peas
- 1/4 cup onion, finely diced
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
- 2 teaspoons chopped fresh dill
- 1/4 cup plain yogurt
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
In a frying pan over medium heat, cook bacon until browned and crispy. About 5 minutes. Transfer to paper towel lined plate. Allow to cool completely.
Place frozen peas in a colander and run cold water over them to thaw. Drain completely. Set aside.
In a bowl whisk together remaining ingredients.
Add bacon and cold peas to the mixture. Toss to coat.
Chill for 20 minutes. Serve.
This has become one of my favorite salads to serve at BBQ's and picnics so I suppose I should say thank you mom for being and little sneaky and not giving up on your determination to get me to eat my peas. Enjoy!