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.
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.
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.
This Pea Salad with Bacon, has bacon and peas. Obviously. They are the stars. But the supporting characters add so much flavor!
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.
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.
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.
If you are looking for some other recipes to use peas this summer, you’ve got to check these out:
Note: This post was originally posted in 2009. Updated with new photos 2019.
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.
Nutrition facts not guaranteed.
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
My name is Des. I’m a Mom to Kellan and Preston. Wife to Ryan. Dog mom to Pumpkin and lover of all things food. Whether it is cooking it, eating it, shopping for it or watching TV about it, food is one of my favorite things. Read more »
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