Pea Salad with Bacon

Pea Salad with Bacon is a classic for a reason. This version is lightened up with greek yogurt and is perfect for spring picnics and summer BBQs. 

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.

Pea Salad with Bacon is a classic for a reason. This version is lightened up with greek yogurt and is perfect for spring picnics and summer BBQs. 

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.

Pea Salad WITH bacon? I ate the whole plate and asked for seconds. Mom: 1 Kid: 0.

Pea Salad with Bacon is a classic for a reason. This version is lightened up with greek yogurt and is perfect for spring picnics and summer BBQs. 

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.

What is in Pea Salad?

This Pea Salad with Bacon, has bacon and peas. Obviously. They are the stars. But the supporting characters add so much flavor!

Pea Salad with Bacon

For the dressing, instead of a heavy mayo based dressing, the dressing for this pea salad is made with greek yogurt. There is a little mayo for some extra creaminess but not too much. Then there is dill, granulated garlic, salt and pepper.

If you wanted to add a little more to your pea salad you could try a variation by adding some cheddar cheese, celery or hard boiled eggs.

How do you make pea salad?

For this recipe, I use frozen peas. They make things super easy. Simply run the peas under cold water until they are thawed, about 5 minutes. Then allow them to drain completely.

Pea Salad with Bacon is a classic for a reason. This version is lightened up with greek yogurt and is perfect for spring picnics and summer BBQs. 

Next, you will need to cook the bacon.

Next, mix the dressing ingredients together.

Finally, mix the peas, bacon and onions with the dressing.

Although, I like to let the salad chill a little before serving to give the flavors a chance to develop, this Pea Salad with Bacon is still pretty good right away.

Pea Salad with Bacon is a classic for a reason. This version is lightened up with greek yogurt and is perfect for spring picnics and summer BBQs. 

If you are looking for some other recipes to use peas this summer, you’ve got to check these out:

Pasta Salad with Spring Veggies 

Spring Vegetable Gnocchi 

Easy Southern English Pea Pasta Salad

Pea Salad with Bacon is a classic for a reason. This version is lightened up with greek yogurt and is perfect for spring picnics and summer BBQs.  #peasalad #salad #bbq #potluck #peasaladwithbacon

Note: This post was originally posted in 2009. Updated with new photos 2019.

Pea Salad with Bacon Recipe

Serves 4 Prep Time: Cook Time:
5 based on 3 reviews

Ingredients:

  • 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

Instructions

1

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.

2

Place frozen peas in a colander and run cold water over them to thaw. Drain completely. Set aside.

3

In a bowl whisk together remaining ingredients.

4

Add bacon and cold peas to the mixture. Toss to coat.

5

Chill for 20 minutes. Serve.

Notes

Nutrition facts not guaranteed.

Nutrition information

Calories: 290 , Total Fat: 24.3g , Saturated Fat: 7.9g , Cholesterol: 40mg , Sodium: 644mg , Carbohydrates: 7.5g , Fiber: 1.5g , Sugar: 2.6g , Protein: 9.3g

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  • Reply
    Billy
    June 19, 2019 at 10:25 am

    So excited to make this at home. I have been looking for a recipe like this for a bit, thank you so much!

  • Reply
    Mom
    April 19, 2019 at 3:36 pm

    Love it! Score for me.

  • Reply
    Melinda T.
    October 3, 2018 at 1:02 pm

    I love, love, LOVE this recipe and have made it several time with dry dill (because that’s what I had). This week, I got some fresh dill in my CSA box so I ran to the store to get some bacon and I’m making it for a potluck tonight. YUM!!

  • Reply
    Nancy
    March 18, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    We’ve made this several times and it’s absolutely delicious. Made it tonight with edamame instead of peas because I’m trying to get some extra soy. Fabulous and if you need soy, it’s a good way to go!

  • Reply
    Tanya
    July 25, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    Maybe the kids will eat peas if I try it this way :-)

  • Reply
    Jennifer
    July 24, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    I AM MAKING THIS!!! Yum!!! Adding the peas to my grocery list now :)

  • Reply
    Cookie
    July 24, 2009 at 11:36 am

    Wow! I’ve never thought of peas and bacon! What a great way to get kids to eat their veggies! My mom used to hide the peas in tuna salad. Moms are sneaky in such a good way, aren’t they?

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