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English pea salad on a fork.

Classic Southern English Pea Salad

Sara Vaughn
This English pea salad is made with simple ingredients that make this salad cool, crisp, and full of flavor. It makes the perfect crowd-pleasing side dish for all your spring and summer gatherings.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Salad, Side Dish, vegetables
Cuisine english, southern
Servings 10
Calories 352 kcal


  • 16 Ounces Frozen Peas
  • 1 Cup Cheddar Cheese small diced
  • ½ Cup Red Onion small diced
  • 3-4 Slices Cooked Bacon or about ½ cup diced ham

For the Dressing

  • ¾ Cup Mayonnaise
  • ¼ Cup Sour Cream or Greek Yogurt
  • 1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • ½ Teaspoon Dill
  • ½ Teaspoon Salt
  • ¼ Teaspoon Pepper


  • Place the frozen peas into a strainer over a bowl. Set them aside to allow them to defrost.
    16 Ounces Frozen Peas
  • Cook and chop the bacon into bite-size pieces. If you are using ham, dice the already cooked ham and place it into a bowl.
    3-4 Slices Cooked Bacon
  • Dice the cheese and onions, and add them to the bowl with the bacon or ham.
    1 Cup Cheddar Cheese, ½ Cup Red Onion
  • Add the peas, onions, cheese and bacon into a bowl together.
  •  In a separate bowl, add the mayonnaise with the sour cream, apple cider vinegar, dill, garlic and salt and pepper rest of the for the dressing and stir till combined.
    ¾ Cup Mayonnaise, ¼ Cup Sour Cream, 1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar, 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder, ½ Teaspoon Dill, ½ Teaspoon Salt, ¼ Teaspoon Pepper
  •  Pour the sauce over the bowl of mixed peas and gently mix.
  • Store covered in the fridge until ready to serve and enjoy!


What is the best kind of peas to use for pea salad?
I do not recommend canned peas for making pea salad. I always use frozen peas and let them defrost. There is no need to cook the frozen peas before making pea salad.
What is the best way to defrost peas for making pea salad?
Remove the peas from their package and place them into a colander over a bowl. Place the peas in the fridge overnight or on the counter while you prep the remaining ingredients. If the peas are still slightly frozen when you make the pea salad, they will defrost as the salad rests.
Does pea salad have eggs?
You can choose to add hard-boiled eggs to pea salad or not. I prefer pea salad without eggs, so I tend to leave them.
Can you make pea salad without mayonnaise?
You can sub in more sour cream or Greek yogurt to make this English pea salad without mayonnaise.
Keyword pea salad, pea salad with bacon, southern pea salad