This is a recipe for old fashioned pea salad using frozen peas and made creamy with mayo, savory with bacon and delicious with cubed cheese. This easy Summer pea salad is perfect for pot lucks and gatherings.
I compiled The Estabrook Family Cookbook over ten years ago. I nagged my Mother’s side of the family; aunts, uncles, 1st, 2nd and 3rd cousins until I had enough recipes to create a respectable sampling of the food that graced our family tables while we were growing up. It was also a mission to capture some of my mother and aunts’ dishes. You know the ones. When you ask how they made it, the answer was that recipe had never been written down.
I’m surprised at myself that I’ve only blogged about a couple of recipes from this book and especially this one for Old Fashioned Pea Salad.
I didn’t remember this dish at family gatherings, so I sent a message off to Kim to inquire about it’s origin. She said they found it in some old church cookbook and tweaked it to their liking. I published this cookbook in 2003. Being a pea fan, I sticky noted it immediately.
Growing up, the term “Salad Dressing” in our family, always referred to Miracle Whip. I usually have some on hand, but used mayonnaise for this batch. Creamy with mayonnaise, crunchy with bacon bits, and chewy with small cubes of sharp Tillamook Cheddar Cheese, seasoned with celery and sweet pickles, this is a great side dish for any entree.
Tip: I love to make this recipe with my Homemade Spicy Pickles. They give this dish a bit of a welcome kick.
And you can’t go wrong serving it with a grilled burger. Thanks Chuck and Kim for this recipe.
Recipe for Old Fashioned Pea Salad
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Old Fashioned Pea Salad
- 16 ounces frozen peas cooked, drained
- 6 ounces small cubed Cheddar Cheese mild or sharp
- 3 hard cooked eggs chopped
- 1 Cup chopped celery
- 1/2 Cup chopped sweet pickles
- 2 slices bacon cooked and crumbled (my addition)
- 2 Tablespoons Cream
- 1/2 Cup Miracle Whip
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Combine first 6 ingredients, (peas through bacon). Mix cream and salad dressing. Stir dressing and salt into salad mixture. Chill overnight.
Old Fashioned Pea Salad …It’s What’s for a Side dish.
Why Trust These Recipes? Lea Ann Brown has lived, worked and played in Colorado for 45 years. She has immersed herself in the Colorado Culinary space, is a Culinary School Graduate and publishes her Colorado food Blog, Cooking On The Ranch.