Creamy Bacon Pea Salad

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Creamy Bacon Pea Salad with mayonnaise, bacon, cheddar cheese and crunchy sweet peas. The perfect southern summer side dish!

Creamy Bacon Pea Salad with mayonnaise, bacon, cheddar cheese and crunch peas. The perfect southern summer side dish!

Creamy Bacon Pea Salad is a southern staple and an indulgent, easy, craveable crazy sounding salad that you will go nuts for once you’ve tried it.

Some friends and family members I’ve made this Creamy Bacon Pea Salad for have been put off at the idea of “pea salad” or a salad with a mayonnaise base, but as soon as they try the salad? They are eating it by the spoonfuls! Then they come up to you at the end of your event and ask “hey so can I get that pea salad recipe?” It happens ALL the time.

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This Creamy Bacon Pea Salad recipe is such an easy side dish to make because it really is just a mix of a handful of ingredients. I like to use thick cut bacon for the salad but I have friends who use the premade bacon bits (made of actual bacon) and swear by the flavor. You can’t argue with that, with pre-made bacon bits you can have this salad chilling in the fridge in less than 10 minutes.

Some questions I get asked a lot about this pea salad recipe:

  • Do you serve this as a cold green pea salad? Yes, you serve this pea salad recipe cold.
  • Do you make this pea salad with canned peas? No, I like the crunch of using frozen, thawed peas, but if you prefer the texture of the canned peas by all means go ahead. I would rinse the peas before using them in the salad.
  • Can you add egg? Yes, I’ve made this pea salad with egg before. I hard boil 4 eggs and chop them into small 1/2″ dice and combine gently with the rest of the ingredients.
  • Layered Pea Salad can also be made with this recipe. First toss the peas and cheese with the mayonnaise, salt and pepper then add half the peas, half the onions, half the bacon then repeat. Top with a bit more cheese.

We love this cold creamy pea salad with bacon!

Tools Used in the making of this Creamy Bacon Pea Salad:
Bacon Bits: If you want to skip browning and chopping your own bacon, these bacon bits are a quick and easy swap.
My favorite Kitchen Knife: You may not even have a lot to chop but this knife is so inexpensive and I love it so much I want to share it any time chopped items are involved (second from the top on the left. It is an AMAZING knife).
Cheese Grater: Your knuckles will thank you.



Creamy Bacon Pea Salad

5 from 10 votes
  • Yield: 12 servings
  • Prep Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 12 minutes
  • Course: Side Dish
  • Cuisine: American
  • Author: Sabrina Snyder
Creamy Bacon Pea Salad with mayonnaise, bacon, cheddar cheese and crunchy sweet peas. The perfect southern summer side dish!


  • 2 pounds frozen peas
  • 1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup red onion chopped
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 pound bacon cooked crisp and chopped


Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

  1. Rinse the frozen peas in a colander and let drain for a few seconds while you make the rest of the salad.

  2. Into a large bowl add the cheese, red onion, mayonnaise, Kosher salt, black pepper and bacon.

  3. Top with the peas and stir together until fully combined.

  4. Chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour before serving.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 12 servings, Amount per serving: 386 calories, Calories: 386g, Carbohydrates: 12g, Protein: 11g, Fat: 32g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Cholesterol: 42mg, Sodium: 528mg, Potassium: 281mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 700g, Vitamin C: 30.8g, Calcium: 92g, Iron: 1.4g

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Keywords: barbecue, bbq, BBQ sides, pea salad, salad, salad recipe, Summer salad

We make this cold creamy bacon pea salad all summer long!

We love this cold creamy pea salad with bacon!
Creamy Bacon Pea Salad with mayonnaise, bacon, cheddar cheese and crunch peas. The perfect southern summer side dish!

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  1. This is the second time I made this pea salad, it’s delicious. I just added some olives and used ham chunks instead of frying bacon

  2. Hi Sabrina,
    I love your recipes, they all look so yummy. I make a salad similar to this pea salad but mine has peanuts in it, it’s really good too. Would you like me to send you the recipe? Have a great day, Ann

    1. I love this for a potluck side dish because you can really pair it with just about anything. If I was adding it to a dinner, I would serve it alongside chicken or pork. I hope you enjoy it!

  3. I usually make this using either home made or bottled ranch salad dressing. It was one of the favorites at my old church senior’s group. Adding boiled eggs sounds good too.

    1. I used one pound of cooked bacon to make my bacon bits for this salad. You can adjust to whatever amount you prefer. Enjoy!

  4. haven’t tried this Pea salad yet …made it with lettuce can you add lettuce to the creamy pea salad Ranch mix with sour cream do you have that recipe can’t wait to try to pea salad

  5. Have you ever added chopped boiled eggs? I do that about half the time I make this, and ot’s so delicious both ways.

    1. We always add 1 or 2 chopped hard-boiled eggs to our pea salad (depending on how much we’re making)….SO yummy! Also, my mom sometimes adds 1 rib of celery (finely diced) for a bit of crunch. This is always a huge hit at every event!

  6. Do I need to use red onion or can I use sweet white onion as that is all I have currently? Will the taste be the same do you think?
    Thank you!

    1. I didn’t notice a difference but you could always prep it all except for the bacon and then add that in the day of.

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Sorry I don’t have the nutritional facts for recipes on the site but I know there are a lot of free resources on the internet from when I’ve cooked for clients with low calorie diets.

  7. So Awesome, to find someone brave enough to not cook the peas first. This looks to be a delicious recipe HOWEVER I want to create the mason jar salad with frozen thawed peas and frozen thawed green beans and you gave me the confidence to do it so thanks.

    1. No need to boil them, you’ll want to use them thawed out. It’ll give you a bit of a crunch to the salad. Plus the salad is served cold, so easy peasy! Enjoy!

  8. Was introduced to pea salad years ago. Didn’t like peas to much then . But love this salad so I eat peas all summer long!

  9. Pea salad is one of my all-time summer faves. I cannot wait to try your rendition with bacon.

        1. I like the texture and flavor from frozen peas but if you want to use fresh peas, blanch them as you would to freeze them and use them after they’ve chilled. Enjoy!