Easy Bacon Pea Salad – A Pea Salad Recipe With Egg and Bacon

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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.

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.

Easy Bacon Pea Salad

Oh the humble pea salad. It’s something so simple yet amazingly tasty.

I’ll admit that as a kid, I walked right past the pea salad that graced all our holiday pitch-ins. I just didn’t appreciate it. But now, it wouldn’t be a holiday without pea salad with bacon and eggs.

Salads are a classic summer side dish. They pair perfectly with any grilled protein such as our Grilled Pork Shoulder Steak.  We have a plethora of summer salads in our repertoire (Macaroni Salad, Red Bean Salad, Old Fashioned Fruit Salad), but this pea salad with cheddar cheese and bacon may be our new favorite. Don’t get us wrong, you should eat pea salad any time of the year!

A Pea Salad Recipe With Egg and Bacon

What is it about pea salad that we love so much? The ingredients are so humble, but so delicious.

  • Canned peas – How can it be any simpler than that?
  • Hard boiled eggs are a vintage ingredient for summer salads like this one.
  • This creamy bacon pea salad calls for shredded cheddar cheese. Do yourself a favor and buy a block of cheddar cheese and grate it yourself.  It takes this recipe to a whole new level.
  • Onions – Enough said. You could leave these out but they pull all the flavors together.
  • Mayonnaise is a classic binder for most old-fashioned salads. Use whatever type you already have in the refrigerator.
  • Salt and black pepper are the only seasonings needed for this.
  • BACON, BACON, BACON. Fry it up and chop it into small pieces.

This version of pea salad with loads of crispy bacon and hand-shredded cheddar cheese may actually be even more tasty than our famous Old-Fashioned Pea Salad and our lower calorie version Creamy Dill 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.

Canned Pea Salad Ingredient List

Peas, canned (drained)

Onions, optional

Bacon, fried and crumbled

Cheddar Cheese, grated

Hard Boiled Eggs, diced

Mayonnaise

Salt

Black Pepper

How to Make Classic Pea Salad with Bacon:

Find the full recipe steps and ingredient amounts for canned pea salad at the bottom of this page.

  1. Drain peas.
  2. Combine with mayonnaise, chopped hard boiled eggs, minced onions, chopped bacon, salt and pepper.
  3. Mix gently, and refrigerate until ready to eat.

Notes about Old-Fashioned Pea Salad with Cheese and Bacon:

  • We use canned peas; however, you can absolutely use thawed frozen peas if desired.
  • We highly recommend using a block of cheddar cheese that you grate yourself with the large side of a box grater. However, there is nothing wrong with taking a short cut and using pre-shredded cheese, but grating the cheese yourself takes it to a whole new level.
  • Use whatever cheddar cheese you prefer. We tend to use the mild type, but sharp cheddar would be delicious too.
  • Bacon, bacon, bacon. If you love it as much as we do, feel free to use a little more than the recipe calls for.  You could garnish with extra bacon on top for some added wow factor.
  • Onions can be omitted, if desired.
  • We minced our onions really fine. This gives great flavor but hides them from those onion-haters out there.
  • Our go to for this recipe is regular mayonnaise, but if you prefer Miracle Whip, then have at it.
  • The flavors of this salad get better over time. So feel free to make it the night before and then refrigerate until ready to serve.

Pea Salad Recipes

Old Fashioned 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.

Creamy Dill Pea Salad

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.

Pasta Salad with Tuna and Peas

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. 

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.
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Easy Bacon Pea Salad - A Pea Salad Recipe With Egg and Bacon

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.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: canned pea salad, Easy Bacon Pea Salad, pea salad recipe with egg and bacon, pea salad with bacon, pea salad with bacon and eggs
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 178kcal
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 15 ounces canned peas, drained
  • 3 hard boiled eggs, chopped
  • 1/4 cup minced onion
  • 2/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2/3 cup bacon, fried and chopped
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  • Prep your ingredients, including frying and chopping bacon, draining peas, shredding cheese and chopping onion.
    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.
  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix gently.
    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.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve.
    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.

Notes

  • We use canned peas; however, you can absolutely use thawed frozen peas if desired.
  • We highly recommend using a block of cheddar cheese that you grate yourself with the large side of a box grater. However, there is nothing wrong with taking a short cut and using pre-shredded cheese, but grating the cheese yourself takes it to a whole new level.
  • Use whatever cheddar cheese you prefer. We tend to use the mild type, but sharp cheddar would be delicious too.
  • Bacon, bacon, bacon. If you love it as much as we do, feel free to use a little more than the recipe calls for.  You could garnish with extra bacon on top for some added wow factor.
  • Onions can be omitted, if desired. 
  • Try our Old Fashioned Pea Salad too!

Nutrition

Calories: 178kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 91mg | Sodium: 519mg | Potassium: 144mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1014IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 88mg | Iron: 1mg

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.

 

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5 Comments

  1. Love the ingredients for a great taste, but DON’T use mushy canned peas, just use frozen peas. Thaw them and if you want boil for a couple minutes, but it is not necessary. This recipe is the way I have made pea salad for years. There is never any left if you take it to a potluck

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