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Classic English Pea Salad


Classic English Pea Salad // Karista's Kitchen

I’ve been eating this Classic English Pea Salad all summer long and I can’t stop. 

I make this salad every weekend and then I keep it in the fridge for a quick-lunch or an easy side salad for dinner. I’ve also been known to walk by the fridge and snag a few spoonfuls for a snack.

This is the kind of pea salad I used to find sitting on the potluck table when I was a kid. I didn’t think much of pea salad back then. I usually skipped those bowls and moved on to the tapioca pudding or spoon bread. However, these days, I am all about this Classic English Pea Salad.

Of course, this is my version of Classic English Pea Salad. I’ve tried several versions over the years but for me, this salad must include peas, bacon and cheese. I use shredded cheese rather than cube the cheese. I like cheese, I just don’t like cubes of cheese in this salad. It feels to heavy. Using shredded cheese keeps the textures in the salad a bit more consistent. Other ingredients may vary but the essential three are crucial to this tasty salad.

Along with the peas, bacon and cheese I like to add two kinds of onion. Red onion and green onion. I think layering the onion flavor gives the salad a little more sass and compliments the salty bacon and sharp cheddar.

When I’m feeling lazy (I have my moments) I toss this with our favorite organic ranch dressing. Otherwise, when I’ve got all the ingredients on hand, I make my own dressing which is super easy.

Although fall is headed this way, this is a salad I usually make year round. You’re going to love this Classic English Pea Salad so much you just might end up making it every week too! 

Delicious Wishes and Loads of Love,


Classic English Pea Salad

Serving Size: 6

Classic English Pea Salad


    For the salad
  • 2 cups or 16 ounces of peas (I use fresh or frozen that have been steamed and cooled)
  • 1/2 cup diced or thinly sliced red onion
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onion
  • 1/2 cup diced cooked bacon (or more to taste. I love bacon!)
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
    For the dressing
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried chives
  • Dash of Worcestershire sauce (or two)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Squeeze of lemon


  • Whisk together the mayonnaise, buttermilk, garlic powder, onion powder, dried chives and dash of Worcestershire. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • In a large bowl, add the peas, red onion, green onion, bacon and cheddar cheese. Toss with as much dressing as you like. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • This salad holds well in the refrigerator for up to three days.
  • Notes

    When I'm feeling lazy (it happens) I skip making the dressing and use my favorite ranch dressing instead. Although this dressing recipe is super easy and super delicious.

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