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Crunchy Pea Salad

Crunchy pea salad is great on the buffet table and is quick and easy to assemble. My recipe is handwritten on a little card, copied from a magazine decades ago and has been prepared many times over the years. It is good served on a bed of lettuce and topped with grated cheese as a luncheon salad or makes a great side dish.

  • 1 500 gram (16-ounce) package of frozen petite peas (slightly thawed)
  • 1 cup chopped fresh celery
  • 1/4 cup red onion, chopped
  • 6 slices of bacon...cooked, drained and crumbled (or 1/2 cup real bacon bits)
  • 1/2 cup salted cashews or dry roasted peanuts
  • 3/4 cup ranch dressing (or Miracle Whip, if you prefer)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Combine first five ingredients in a large bowl; mix well.
  2. Gently fold the dressing into pea mixture.
  3. Add salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  4. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  5. Serves 8.

    Notes :
  • You can make this salad well in advance, but might want to add the nuts just before serving.
  • Use less dressing than called for if you prefer.
  • Double the recipe for a crowd.


  1. what a great twist to serving peas! love it!

  2. This is one of my favorite summer salads minus the nuts. I add sliced black olives to mine instead.

  3. I've never had this but it sounds yummy. It will be added to my summer salad list.

  4. I'll be making this one for sure. Might try pecans...

    Thank you for another great recipe!

  5. Oh what a great idea and it so reminds me of the topping for the layered green salad which I always am sure to scoop enough of the peas. I'll make this one for sure.

  6. That's always one of my favorites. You can make that any time and serve it whenever. Easy Peasy.

  7. I've never made this, but I will now! I alwasy pick out the peas in salads too! Thanks, Judy!

  8. I'm so glad to have this recipe. I have had it many times at church functions but have never made it. Wishing I could eat the peanuts.....but....I substitute. Looks so yummy. Kathy

  9. Perfect! Think I'll try that this weekend.

  10. Such a delicious summer salad!