Easy Pea Salad Recipe

This Pea Salad Recipe is the perfect easy side dish for any spring time celebration.

Some recipes seem so simple that you may pass them by. Like this Pea Salad Recipe. This salad may appear to as a simple side, not worthy of much ado. It is simple. That, it is. Simple to prepare. Simple ingredients. Simple ingredients that come together to become something so much more. Yes it does. Early peas, shredded cheddar cheese, crunchy bits of red onion, and mayonnaise to tie it all together to create big flavor with humble ingredients.

easy pea salad recipe

This Pea Salad has been around as long as I can remember. It appears every year during spring, first emerging at Easter. No Easter spread in our home is complete without this salad. It and ham are the best of friends. Of course, it gets along well with others. It’s good with fish too, but I think ham is its best partner. Peas and ham, ham and peas … they just play well together, don’t you think?

This recipe is great for making ahead of time. I actually think it gets better when made a day ahead, and left to mingle covered in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

easy pea salad

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do. Happy spring!

Easy Pea Salad Recipe
A simple salad perfect to make ahead of serving for ham or fish.
  • 30 ounces (weight) canned early sweet peas, drained
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • ⅓ cup diced red onion
  • ⅓ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  1. In a large bowl, stir together all ingredients until combined.
  2. Refrigerate covered until ready to serve.

pea salad

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  1. 1

    Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet says

    We are big fans of peas any way you make them! Love this salad and I bet that the red onion really makes the flavor in this pop!

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    I love peas, but unfortunately, I am the only one in my house who does, so I don’t make this very often. When I do, I usually add a finely chopped hard boiled egg.

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    Suzanne C says

    I make a version of this but with thawed, frozen peas, and as some crumbled bacon, sometimes hard-boiled egg, and mustard powder.

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    BJ says

    I grew up on this and still make it M A N Y years later. We always added cheese chunks or shredded cheddar and a big spoon of pickle relish to it. Always good.

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    Jean says

    My family loves this salad, but we add bread and butter pickles and cubes of Velveeta cheese. Yum!

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