Classic Southern Pea Salad

Explore the heart of Southern cuisine with this Classic Southern Pea Salad, a delightful mix of sweet peas, creamy dressing, and savory add-ins. Whether you’re at a picnic, potluck, or just craving a comforting side, this salad is sure to please.


  • 1 (16-ounce) package of frozen sweet peas, thawed (canned peas work too)
  • 2 eggs, hard-boiled and chopped
  • 4 to 6 slices of bacon, cooked until crisp and crumbled (or 1 cup of cooked and chopped ham, optional)
  • 1/2 cup of chopped green onions (substitute with regular onions if preferred)
  • 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese (feel free to use your favorite cheese)
  • 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of celery seeds (or 1/2 cup of chopped celery)
  • A sprinkle of cayenne pepper for a touch of heat.
  • 1/2 cup of mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup of sour cream
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Let’s Make It:

  1. Prep the Peas:
    • If using frozen peas, make sure they’re completely thawed. Drain well if you’re opting for canned peas.
  2. Combine the Salad:
    • In a large mixing bowl, combine the thawed sweet peas, chopped hard-boiled eggs, crumbled bacon or chopped ham (if using), chopped green onions, and shredded cheddar cheese.
  3. Season:
    • Sprinkle in the black pepper, salt, garlic powder, celery seeds (or chopped celery), and a dash of cayenne. Stir thoroughly to ensure the seasonings are evenly distributed.
  4. Dress It Up:
    • In another bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise and sour cream until they form a smooth mixture. Pour this dressing over the pea mixture and gently stir to coat all the ingredients.
  5. Chill and Serve:
    • Cover the salad and refrigerate it for at least an hour before serving. This time allows the flavors to blend together wonderfully.

Enjoy this Classic Southern Pea Salad as a refreshing side dish at your next barbecue or family gathering. It’s a simple yet satisfying recipe that’s bound to become a new favorite!