Creamy Dill Pea Salad – Pea Salad with Dill

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This Creamy Dill Pea Salad recipe is a refreshing side dish perfect for a pitch-in, summer picnic or just a regular family dinner. Made with frozen peas and sour cream, pea salad with dill is quick to put together and full of flavor.

Pea Salad with Dill

It might sound crazy, but I am crazy for pea salad. It’s completely old fashioned, and I’m not sure how many people still eat pea salad on a regular basis.

But if creamy pea salad is crazy, sign me up.

This Pea Salad with Dill is a unique take on traditional pea salad. Don’t get us wrong, we are obsessed with our Old-Fashioned Pea Salad.  It is a staple at all our family holidays.

But this creamy pea salad (without mayo) is just as tasty and it also a crowd-pleaser.

Another unique thing about creamy pea salad is that it has no bacon either.

Creamy Dill Pea Salad

Looking for a lighter pea salad recipe?

Creamy Dill Pea Salad is a low-fat, salt-free alternative to the calorie-packed traditional version. This creamy peas salad without mayo uses nonfat sour cream instead. Instead of salt, this recipe calls for a salt-free seasoning blend.

While traditional pea salad contains canned peas, mayonnaise, hard boiled eggs and cheese, this version is perfectly different with sour cream, lemon juice, dill and curry powder. Don’t have curry powder? You can substitute 1/4 teaspoon cumin and 1/4 teaspoon turmeric instead.

Sour cream gives this recipe a cool tang while the combination of dill and curry powder bring a perfect spice. The lemon juice brightens the dish.

What’s better? It can be tossed together in minutes and packs a powerful flavor punch.

Ingredients for Pea Salad with Sour Cream

Frozen Peas, thawed

Sour Cream

Lemon Juice

Salt Free Seasoning (regular salt can be used instead)

Curry Powder

Dill (fresh or dried)

Black Pepper

Green Onion, sliced

How to make Creamy Pea Salad With Dill

  1. To prepare, combine sour cream, fresh lemon juice, green onion, sugar, dill weed, salt-free seasoning and black pepper together in a large bowl.
  2. Add thawed peas and stir until evenly coated.
  3. Chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

For the full recipe for creamy pea salad without mayo, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

Notes About Creamy Dill Pea Salad

  • Thaw your frozen peas before assembling.
  • Canned peas can be used too. Be sure to drain well.
  • Pea salad with sour cream uses fat free, low fat or regular sour cream. You choose.
  • Go ahead and make this a day or two ahead of time to let the flavors marinate together.
  • Substitute 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric plus 1/4 teaspoon of cumin for curry powder, if needed.
  • Salt can be substituted for salt-free seasoning, if desired.
  • I prefer fresh dill in this pea salad with dill recipe; however, dried dill works too.

Funeral Pea Salad

This recipe is particularly special to us. Our beautiful friend, Martine, shared this recipe with us. It is a recipe that we will treasure forever. Martine called this her funeral pea salad because she always made it for the meals following funeral masses at church.

She recently passed on to a greater place, and we will always think of her warmly as we prepare and eat this. Martine traditionally made this for funeral lunches at her church, and the funeral pea salad was always well-received on that solemn occasion.

This one’s for you, Martine!

Old Fashioned Pea Salad Recipes

Crunchy Ranch Pea Salad

Crunchy Ranch Pea Salad is the perfect addition to any pitch-in, cook out or family gathering. The crunchy texture comes from celery, cauliflower and a secret ingredient---chopped cashews.

Vintage Pea Salad

Using just one can of peas, this Old-Fashioned Pea Salad recipe is perfect for a side dish for a normal meal without too many leftovers. However, it can easily be doubled (or tripled) for cookouts and pitch-ins. This pea salad can be eaten right away or chilled for later.

Easy Bacon Pea Salad 

Easy Bacon Pea Salad is absolute perfection. The simple mixture of peas, bacon, shredded cheddar cheese, hard boiled eggs and mayonnaise marries together into the perfect summertime salad fit for any picnic or family get-together.

Tuna Pea Pasta Salad 

Tuna Pasta Salad is an Old Fashioned Macaroni Salad with Tuna that has frozen peas, albacore tuna and cheddar cheese cubes. It's simplicity can be deceiving since it packs a punch of flavor that is perfect for your summer dinner table. 

What to serve with pea salad?

I like to keep it light when serving pea salad.

Leftover ham sandwiches, chicken salad on croissants, BLTs, fried chicken sandwich, or bologna salad are the perfect sandwich options to serve with pea salad.

Creamy Dill Pea Salad - Pea Salad with Dill

Creamy Dill Pea Salad recipe is a refreshing side dish perfect for a pitch-in, summer picnic or just a regular family dinner. Made with frozen peas and sour cream, this pea salad with dill is quick put together and full of flavor.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Chill Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Creamy Dill Pea Salad, creamy pea salad without bacon, creamy pea salad without mayo, pea salad with dill, pea salad with sour cream
Servings: 12
Calories: 56kcal
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 1 cup nonfat sour cream (full fat can be used)
  • 4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 4 teaspoons sliced green onions
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dill weed (or 1 Tablespoon fresh dill)
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder*
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt-free seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 20 oz. frozen peas, thawed

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl, combine sour cream, lemon juice, green onions, sugar, dill weed, curry powder, salt-free seasoning, and black pepper.
    This Creamy Dill Pea Salad recipe is a refreshing side dish perfect for a pitch-in, summer picnic or just a regular family dinner. Made with frozen peas and sour cream, pea salad with dill is quick to put together and full of flavor.
  • Add thawed green peas, and mix until evenly coated. Top with zested lemon peel if desired.
    This Creamy Dill Pea Salad recipe is a refreshing side dish perfect for a pitch-in, summer picnic or just a regular family dinner. Made with frozen peas and sour cream, pea salad with dill is quick to put together and full of flavor.
  • Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. 
    This Creamy Dill Pea Salad recipe is a refreshing side dish perfect for a pitch-in, summer picnic or just a regular family dinner. Made with frozen peas and sour cream, pea salad with dill is quick to put together and full of flavor.

Notes

  • Thaw your frozen peas before assembling.
  • Canned peas can be used too. Be sure to drain well.
  • Go ahead and make this a day or two ahead of time to let the flavors marinate together.
  • Substitute 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric plus 1/4 teaspoon of cumin for curry powder, if needed. 
  • Salt can be substituted for salt-free seasoning, if desired.
  • Pea salad with sour cream uses fat free, low fat or regular sour cream. You choose. 
  • I prefer fresh dill in this pea salad with dill recipe; however, dried dill works too.
  • Love dill?  Try this tasty Tomato Cucumber Salad with Dill Dressing.

Nutrition

Calories: 56kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 30mg | Potassium: 140mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 417IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1mg

 

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