Plus, the salad is low in carbs and calories, which makes it a great addition to your meal.
For this recipe, we do include mayonnaise, cheese, and bacon for better taste, but the amounts have been carefully measured to fit the healthy eating guidelines.
Are frozen peas better than fresh ones?
Surprisingly, they are. Frozen green peas actually have a much better taste than their fresh counterparts.
The reason frozen peas tend to be sweeter, and more tender is because they are picked at their prime, blanched, then frozen immediately. In this way, the peas can retain their vibrant green color for months.
Peas bought at the farmer’s market, can often be too starchy since it is not known when the farmer collected them or how long they have been on the shelf.
So unless you know the farmer well enough to ensure the produce’s freshness or have grown the peas yourself, it is better to go with the frozen ones.
Ingredients You’ll Need
For the salad
Frozen green peas: These tender green babies are the star of our dish. You can use fresh peas if you like, but we would recommend using frozen peas because they actually taste a lot better and are also more convenient.
Other veggies: Celery and red onions are added for a contrast in texture.
For the dressing
Mayo: Mayo is a classic dressing when it comes to salads. This yummy addition elevates the taste of the salad.
Yogurt: Plain Greek yogurt is added for extra creaminess.
Lemon juice: Add a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice and feel these cheerful citrus notes brighten up your entire salad.
For the topping
Cheddar cheese: The slightly tangy and salty taste of cheddar cheese works well with our salad mix.
Bacon: This is one ingredient that can make a big difference to our salad. Delicious bacon crumbs are added for a crispy texture and a savory note.
Do You Need to Cook Frozen Peas?
We do recommend cooking the frozen peas before eating them for safer eating. It is worth spending an extra 2-3 minutes to cook them, especially if you have a weak digestive system;, you may feel uneasy if you eat frozen peas without cooking.
If you don’t really have a problem with that, and are in a rush, then thaw the peas by rinsing them under cold water. Remember to drain them well before adding to your dish to avoid a watery texture.
What to Serve With Green Pea Salad
This classic green pea salad makes a lovely appetizer or a wonderful side dish.
It’s a great choice for a picnic, outdoor activities, and family gatherings. You can enjoy it with a hot course such as a barbecue for a fulfilling meal.
How to Store the Leftovers
This dish can stay fresh in the fridge for 24 hours if already prepared with a dressing. Because mayonnaise has been added to the salad, you should consume it soon to ensure it tastes fresh.
Pour 2 cups of water into a pot, then bring to a boil. Add 10 oz frozen green peas and boil for 2 minutes. Drain them well, and wait until they cool down.
Meanwhile, make the salad dressing. In a mixing bowl, put together 1/2 tsp pepper, 3 tbsp mayonnaise, 2 tbsp plain Greek yogurt and 1 tsp lemon juice and stir until it reaches a thick, smooth consistency.
Add 10 oz cooked green peas, 2 tbsp parsley, 1 oz celery, 2 oz red onions, 0.25 oz cheese, and 0.5 oz bacon crumbs, then mix them well.
Put the green pea salad into a serving bowl/ plate, and top with the remaining cheese and crumbled bacon.
How to Make Green Pea Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 184Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 3g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Vitamin A 1662IU
Vitamin C 17mg
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Tuyet Pham is an award-winning Saigonese chef who believes that joy is the secret ingredient to delicious food. At Healthy Recipes 101, Tuyet personally tests and simplifies every recipe, ensuring maximum flavor with minimal effort. With a background at prestigious French restaurants P’TI Saigon and Le Corto, Tuyet knows how to make every dish exceptional.
Luna Regina is an accomplished writer and author who dedicates her career to empowering home cooks and making cooking effortless for everyone. She is the founder of HealthyKitchen101.com and HealthyRecipes101.com, where she works with her team to develop easy, nutritious recipes and help aspiring cooks choose the right kitchen appliances.
Natalie Butler is a registered dietitian nutritionist with a passion to help others live their best life through food, fitness, safer beauty and a healthy lifestyle. She has expertise with a variety of diets and diseases and believes that there is no one-size-fits-all approach for health.