Pea Salad with Bacon and Fresh Dill

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 Dill Recipe

Serves 4 Prep Time: Cook Time:

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

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!