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Creamy Bacon Pea Salad – Perfect for Potlucks & Picnics!

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Indulge your taste buds with the irresistible Creamy Bacon Pea Salad! Picture a medley of crispy bacon, plump green peas, and a luscious creamy dressing that’s both tangy and savory. This vibrant and refreshing salad is a burst of flavors in every bite, making it a must-try for salad enthusiasts and bacon lovers alike. Get ready to elevate your salad game and savor the deliciousness of this sensational dish!


Creamy Bacon Pea Salad is a refreshing side dish loaded with crisp bacon, sweet green peas, and a creamy dressing. It’s a perfect balance of savory and sweet, making it a crowd-pleaser at picnics and BBQs. Easy to make and bursting with flavors, it’s a delightful addition to any meal.

What Are the Benefits of Eating Peas?

Peas are a low-glycemic food that contains a number of phytonutrients, including Coumenstrol (a polyphenol believed to have anti-cancer properties) as well as saponins which work in conjunction with other phytonutrients to fight insulin resistance.

In addition to tasting fantastic, peas contain molybdenum, a micronutrient that assists the metabolism of proteins! Creamy bacon pea salad is a wonderfully simple side dish that goes great with grilled meats of all types.


When the weather begins to warm and the summer months are here, it’s time to start thinking about potlucks and picnics. A dish that is sure to be a hit at any gathering is creamy bacon pea salad. The combination of crispy bacon, sweet green peas, mild cheddar cheese, red onion, sour cream, mayonnaise, sugar, white vinegar, and salt and pepper come together in this delightful dish for a delicious taste your guests won’t soon forget.

Not only is this recipe easy to prepare, but it’s also healthy with no added preservatives or artificial ingredients. The sweetness from the peas balanced with the savory bacon flavors will have your family and friends coming back for seconds!

This salad travels well, making it great for potlucks or picnics because there’s no need to worry about wilted leaves or soggy vegetables. Simply mix up all of your ingredients ahead of time and chill in the fridge for 2-4 hours before serving so all of those wonderful flavors can meld together perfectly. Sprinkle on a few extra bits of crispy bacon just before serving for added texture and flavor!

So when you’re planning your next get-together or outdoor event, don’t forget to put creamy bacon pea salad on the menu! Your guests will thank you!

Creamy Bacon Pea Salad Ingredients

This Creamy Bacon Pea Salad recipe is packed full of flavor and texture, making it the perfect side dish or main meal. The thick-cut bacon adds a smoky and savory flavor that helps to balance out the sweetness from the frozen sweet green peas.

The peas also add an extra layer of nutrition with their high levels of vitamins and minerals, as well as dietary fiber. They bring a much-needed sweetness to the dish, which is balanced out by the savory bacon flavors.

Shredded mild cheddar cheese adds a wonderful creamy texture and flavor that brings all of the ingredients together, while diced red onion provides a subtle yet delicious flavor that enhances all of the other ingredients.

Sour cream and Mayonnaise add rich, creamy textures with a tartness that balances out the sweetness from the peas, while granulated sugar and white vinegar provide additional depth to this flavorful salad. Finally, salt and pepper are added for seasoning to bring everything together perfectly!

How to Make Creamy Bacon Pea Salad

You’ll Need:
1 lb thick cut bacon, cooked and chopped finely
4 cups frozen sweet green peas, thawed
1/2 cup shredded mild cheddar cheese
1/2 medium red onion, diced finely

For the dressing:

You’ll Need:
1/2 cup sour cream
1/3 cup Mayonnaise
1 tbsp. granulated sugar
2 tsp. white vinegar
salt and pepper to taste

Take your taste buds on a flavorful journey with this Creamy Bacon Pea Salad!

  1. Start by whisking together the mayonnaise, granulated sugar, white vinegar, salt and pepper in a large serving bowl until all ingredients are well combined.
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  3. Then add the chopped bacon, thawed frozen sweet green peas, shredded mild cheddar cheese, and diced red onion to the mixture. Give it a good stir to make sure everything is evenly distributed.
  4. Place the salad in the fridge for 2-4 hours so that all of the flavors can come together and create a party in your mouth. Finally, sprinkle some extra crispy bacon pieces on top just before serving, and enjoy!


1 Use Cubed cheese in place of shredded cheese
2 Protein: add one cup of cubed ham, or grilled chicken
3 Add 2-3 Hard-Boiled Eggs, diced or halved and place on top of the salad

Creamy Bacon Pea Salad


This Creamy Bacon Pea Salad recipe is incredibly versatile and can be easily adjusted to fit any dietary needs or preferences. For those looking for a vegetarian option, the bacon can be swapped out with tofu, tempeh, seitan, mushrooms, or even nuts.

The sour cream and mayonnaise can also be replaced with vegan alternatives like coconut yogurt or cashew butter to make it dairy-free. Additionally, the granulated sugar can be reduced or omitted altogether if desired.

Furthermore, white vinegar can also be substituted for apple cider vinegar which adds a subtle sweetness as well as additional nutritional benefits such as probiotics and vitamins B1 and B2. With so many substitution options available this Creamy Bacon Pea Salad is sure to please everyone!

Storage Instructions

This Creamy Bacon Pea Salad is a delicious and nutritious dish that can be enjoyed as a side or main meal. With its combination of smoky bacon, sweet peas, creamy cheese, and tangy dressing it will be sure to tantalize your taste buds! To make sure you get the most out of this recipe, proper storage is key.

The best way to store this salad is in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Ensure that you completely cool all ingredients before adding them to the container to prevent your salad from spoiling too quickly.

If freezing, place in an airtight freezer bag or container and freeze for up to 2 months – just remember to thaw completely before serving! Enjoy your Creamy Bacon Pea Salad with confidence knowing it was stored properly and has been kept fresh for optimal flavor!

Creamy Bacon Pea Salad Recipe- Print Now

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Creamy Bacon Pea Salad by Melissa 'Liss' Burnell
Creamy Bacon Pea Salad: A delightful combination of crispy bacon, sweet peas, and a luscious dressing. A burst of flavors in every bite!
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Refrigerate 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Course Appetizer, Party, Potluck, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 425 kcal



  • 1 lb thick cut bacon (cooked and chopped finely)
  • 4 cups frozen sweet green peas (thawed)
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese (shredded mild )
  • ½ medium red onion (diced finely)
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • cup Mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoon white vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • To prepare the dressing: whisk together all ingredients in a large serving bowl until smooth and combined.
    ½ cup sour cream
    ⅓ cup Mayonnaise
    1 tablespoon granulated sugar
    2 teaspoon white vinegar
    salt and pepper to taste
  • Add chopped bacon, peas, cheddar cheese, and diced onions and stir to combine.
    1 lb thick cut bacon
    4 cups frozen sweet green peas
    ½ cup cheddar cheese
    ½ medium red onion
  • Chill in the fridge for 2-4 hours before serving to allow the flavors time to mingle. Just prior to serving sprinkle a few more bits of crispy bacon on top!



Use Cubed cheese, in place of shredded cheese
Protein: add 1 c. of cubed ham, or grilled chicken
Add 2-3 Hard-Boiled Eggs, diced or halved and placed on top of the salad
Recipe Size Alteration Note

If you altered the ingedients above by doubling or tripling the recipe, you may also need to change the pan/dish size and adjust the cooking/baking time.


Calories: 425kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 13gFat: 35gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8gMonounsaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 57mgSodium: 489mgPotassium: 325mgFiber: 4gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 742IUVitamin C: 30mgCalcium: 88mgIron: 1mgNet Carbs: 10g
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Keto-Friendly Creamy Bacon Pea Salad

To make this recipe keto-friendly, use 2 teaspoons of Bocha Sweet in place of the sugar in the dressng. Makes 8 generous 1/2 cup servings

Total Carbs 11.7, Fiber 3.3, NET Carbs 8.4g

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