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Mom’s Easy Pea Salad

This Easy Pea Salad has been made in my family for years! It always goes fast and is perfect to take to a barbecue or summer potluck.

Easy Pea Salad - a fantastic & super easy side dish. Perfect for summer barbecues! | #veggies #barbecue #sidedish

So I’m at my mom & dad’s house the other day and Mom is making lunch. I’m just kicking back and enjoying the familiar smells in her kitchen when I spy…her easy pea salad on her counter.

She’s been making this easy pea salad for us for years. It’s one of those dishes that I will never make at home because it’s one of those special things I’ll only eat when Mom makes it. It’s fun to go to her house to see and taste so many memories. It just wouldn’t be the same if I made it at my house.

I did quickly grab my camera and take a few shots so I could share her easy pea salad recipe with you! And what better way to preserve her recipes than put them right here?? I have a ton of them written down by her on recipes cards (which I will always treasure) but this is one of those that she never had a need to write down. Yet another of her easy-yet-delicious recipes that she keeps in her head, ready to be made at a moment’s notice.

Easy Pea Salad - a fantastic & super easy side dish. Perfect for summer barbecues! | #veggies #barbecue #sidedish

Fresh peas are delicious in this easy pea salad but frozen peas will do the trick just fine, too. I don’t think I’d recommend using canned; they’d be just a bit too soft and I don’t think the texture would be the same. But, oooh…if you can get fresh, do go there. Just give them a quick blanch and they’ll be ready to go. They’re in season now so it’s the right time to see if you can find them.

An easy pea salad to take along to any event!

Mom’s Easy Pea Salad

Mom’s Easy Pea Salad

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

A wonderfully easy, hearty salad with peas, sweet onions and cheddar cheese.


  • 2 16 oz fresh or frozen peas, lightly blanched if fresh; thawed if frozen
  • ½-¾ cup mayo, start with 1/2 cup and add more if you need it
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ¼ cup small-diced sweet onion
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, or cut into very small pieces
  • kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Place peas in a medium-sized bowl.
  2. In another small bowl, mix together mayo, vinegar, sugar and sweet onion. Add to peas and gently but thoroughly mix together.
  3. Add cheese and gently mix in. Season to taste with salt & pepper.
  4. Serve immediately or leave in fridge for up to 12 hours before serving.


  1. Add 2 large hard-boiled eggs chopped, if desired.
  2. Try adding chunks of cheddar instead of shredded.
  3. If frozen peas, simply rinse with cold water until defrosted.
  4. Store for up to 3 days in an air tight container, in the fridge.
  5. This version is vegetarian but you could also easily make it vegan.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 244Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 299mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 5gSugar: 6gProtein: 9g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix.

Kristy Bernardo
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Sunday 28th of May 2017

I made this using one can of peas and an equal amount of celery for crunch. I used a splash more balsamic vinegar and sugar, and also added garlic and onion powder, and dill. For cheese I used diced sharp cheddar. It was fantastic!! Thank you!

Kristy Bernardo

Monday 12th of June 2017

So awesome! Thanks, Natalie!


Thursday 30th of June 2016

I've been looking for a pea salad recipe, and this one looks better thank any other I've seen. Many thanks!

Kristy Bernardo

Monday 18th of July 2016

I'm so glad, BBJ! Cheers :)


Thursday 12th of May 2016

Did you use white balsamic for this recipe? I used the regular one and my dressing turned a purplish/brown color. Not like the picture. Please advise.

Kristy Bernardo

Thursday 12th of May 2016

Hi Marcy, I use regular balsamic just as you did. There's only 1 tablespoon and that small amount will very slightly change the color of the dressing but it definitely doesn't turn it brown. I'm wondering if you used a different amount? Hope you enjoyed the flavor! Cheers :)


Monday 18th of May 2015

This looks lovely! I love the crispness of peas but have never had them in a salad, I'll have to try soon. Perfect for spring!

Kristy Bernardo

Thursday 21st of May 2015

You'll love this one, Anna!

Kate Diethood

Friday 15th of May 2015

Sometimes the simplest recipes are the best!! I LOVE "Mom's recipes"!! And they never taste quite as awesome as when that Mom makes them. :)

Kristy Bernardo

Sunday 17th of May 2015

I completely agree, Kate! Have a great day :-)

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