The Best Classic Pea Salad

The Best Classic Pea Salad is the easiest to make, cold, summer side dish!  Creamy pea salad is packed full of flavor with frozen sweet green peas, a flavorful mayonnaise dressing, crunchy onions, bacon, and cheddar cheese!


  • 1 16 Ounce Bag Frozen Green Peas
  • 1 1/3 Cups Mayonnaise
  • 2 Teaspoons Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Pepper
  • 1 Small Red Onion, Chopped
  • 1 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 2.8 Ounce Bag Real Bacon Bit Pieces** See Note


  1. Remove the frozen peas from the freezer.  Open the bag and place the peas in a colander.  Allow them to thaw slightly on the counter while you mix up the salad dressing.


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  2. In a large bowl mix together the mayonnaise, sugar, salt, and pepper with the red onion, cheese, and bacon bits.

  3. Add the frozen peas to the salad and stir well, but gently to combine.

  4. Chill the salad, covered, for at least one hour before serving.

Recipe Notes

NOTE:  Real bacon can be used in place of the bacon bits.  Simply cook and crumble 8 slices of bacon and add to the salad instead.

NOTE:  This salad can be made using canned peas instead.

NOTE:  This pea salad can be made 2 days before serving.  Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container.