Thursday, April 29, 2010

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.

Ingredients:
  • 1 500 gram (16-ounce) package of frozen petite peas (slightly thawed)
  • 1 cup chopped fresh celery
  • 1/4 cup red oion, 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

Method:

  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.

12 comments:

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

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

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

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

    Thank you for another great recipe!

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  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.

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

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

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  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

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

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  10. Such a delicious summer salad!

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