When I saw a recipe for Crunchy Pea Salad, I thought really? A whole salad out of peas? Well, it is true, you can make a salad out of peas! And not only that, it is better than you think.
Pea Salad With Extra Crunch
If you’ve ever wondered how to make pea salad, you’re in luck – it’s pretty easy. This specific salad is a cold pea salad recipe, making it ever easier. The secret ingredient in this pea salad is the bacon. YUM! Pea and bacon salad goes good with any dish, any day of the week in my opinion. Hands down this is the best pea salad recipe I’ve ever made (or eaten).
A Crunchy Pea Salad Recipe Everyone Will Enjoy
Of course, with the addition of nuts, craisins and bacon, this turned out to be absolutely delicious! I wasn’t sure how the family was going to react to it, but after dinner was over, they kept picking at. That is always a good sign!
Since then, this crunchy salad recipe really has become a family favorite. Both my daughters have introduced it to their husbands and they love it! It’s amazing how adding the right ingredients can complement the pea salad and make it a memorable, delightful experience.
This pea salad recipe comes from family.go.com website. It’s been an instant classic, and the cold peas help you feel like you’re eating a really healthy salad. 🙂 The next time I make this though, I think I will add some chopped cauliflower to add a little more color! A crunchy pea salad with cauliflower sounds like something right down my lane!
For another delicious green salad recipe, try our 7 Layer Green Salad recipe!
Try Making This Crunchy Pea Salad Recipe Today!
- 1 10oz. box frozen sweet peas, thawed and drained
- 1 cup peanuts
- ¼ cup chopped greens onions
- 1 lb. bacon cooked and crumbled
- 1 cup craisins
- ½ cup mayonaise
- 1 Tbsp. plus 1 tsp. of vinegar
- 1 tsp. sugar
- ground pepper to taste
- ¼ tsp. Maggi seasoning (I couldn't find it, but the substitute for it is even amounts of soy sauce and worcestershire sauce.) That is what I added.
- Optional ingredients for salad: 1 cup chopped cauliflower, ½ cup celery. If you add more ingredients you might want to make a little extra sauce to mix in.
- Whisk together the mayonaise, vinegar, sugar, pepper and Maggi seasoning together in a bowl.
- Add the mixture to the other ingredients and toss well.
- Chill for at least 1 hour before serving!
- Soooo good!
Hi, This looks super yummy and I can’t wait to try it. Question, did you find that 1 lb. of bacon was too much?
Sugar n' Spicegals says
Well, not for us! We love bacon! You could adjust it to however much you like, but we always like more. Thanks for asking!!
there is 1/2 cup of craisins then it calls for 1 cup of craisins.
Was there something else in one of the craising? 1/2 cup of something or 1 cup of something besides craisins.
Sugar n' Spicegals says
I think it’s a typo!!! I will edit it. Thank you for catching that. It should be 1 cup craisins. Thanks for stopping by!!!
Lynn Ritch says
I would love to try this but you don’t have a print button on here. Please fix that. Thank You
I played around with this salad a bit. I used the full amount of peas and dressing, but halved the rest of the ingredients. I also threw in some sunflower seeds and grated cheddar cheese. I looked at the original recipe at family.go.com and used their idea of using balsamic vinegar. I didn’t have any peanuts, but would like to try it again with them because I think that would take it over top. As it was, I really enjoyed this salad. It’s like a fun twist on traditional broccoli salad. Thanks for the great recipe!
Sue Miller says
Highlight what you want to print and right click, hit print
Traci Murphy says
This sounds like it would also be good with edamame…….think i’m going to try that instead of the peas. I’m not a pea fan but it looks delicious!
Reba Mitchell says
I likeedamane also better than peas.
Jm monroe says
I will be trying but either a print or recipe with photo I am busy and it was more trouble to jump through hoops to get recipe. Looks great never heard of Maggie Seasoning will be looking thank you!!
I get Maggie Seasoning by the ethnic/international foods. It is a dutch liquid like soy sauce but has a unique flavor.
I bet this would also be good if you used other nuts, such as walnuts or pecans. Also chopped Broccoli would be good along with some type of shredded cheese. The additional or substitute ingredients are actually unlimited. I can’t wait to try this, I love using Peas in salads.
In Florida, Publix carries Maggi seasoning. Very unique flavor.
Has anyone tried replacing the mayonnaise with yogurt or greek yogurt?
I was wondering what kind of vinegar? Thank you!
Susan Denton says
We always put small squares of cheese in it. I see you’ve decided to try grated cheese. And, sometimes we had finely chopped sweet pickles.
Sugar n' Spice Gals says
I love the idea of the squares of cheese! We’ll have to try it that way next time
Excellent recipe, keep it up!
Nice cold addition to any BBQ meal!
This was really good, thanks for sharing!
I made this for my whole family and they all loved it. It was great as an addition to the burgers we made.
Sugar n' Spice Gals says
Love hearing this. Thanks for letting us know how it turned out 🙂