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side view of pea salad with pieces of hard boiled egg, cubed cheese, and bacon on top
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5 from 2 votes

Pea Salad

Pea Salad is the perfect easy picnic recipe. Throw together a few easy ingredients for a classic side dish that everyone will love.
Prep Time20 mins
Resting Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bbq side dishes, easy side dish, picnic recipe
Servings: 4 cups
Author: Lisa Longley


  • 4 slices bacon diced
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 20 ounces frozen peas thawed and well drained
  • 3 celery stalks diced
  • 2 hard boiled eggs diced
  • 1/2 cup Colby Jack cheese cubed (3 ounces)
  • 1 small yellow onion diced


  • Cook the bacon in a large skillet until it is just crisp. Remove from the heat and pull from the grease with a slotted spoon, transfer to a paper towel lined plate to fully drian. Reserve 1 tablespoon bacon fat.
  • Whisk together the mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon bacon fat, honey, sugar, salt, and black pepper until smooth.
  • Mix together the peas, celery, and onion. Toss with the dressing and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  • Just before serving, stir in the bacon, cheese, and hard boiled egg.