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Southern Pea Salad

This Southern Pea Salad is a classic. Make this salad for any holiday and people will love it!
Prep Time20 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American, southern
Keyword: easy recipe, pea salad, side dish, southern pea salad, southern recipe
Author: The Southern Lady Cooks


  • 1 16 ounce package frozen sweet peas, thawed and uncooked (I have used canned peas, too)
  • 2 eggs hard boiled and chopped
  • 4 to 6 slices of bacon cooked crisp and crumbled or 1 cup ham, cooked and chopped, optional
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onion could use regular onion
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese can use any kind of cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seeds or 1/2 cup celery chopped
  • dash cayenne
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream


  • Combine uncooked, thawed peas, (I just thaw the peas in the microwave and drain) eggs, bacon or ham or both, onion, cheese, pepper, salt, garlic powder, celery seeds or celery and cayenne in a salad bowl. Mix in the mayonnaise and sour cream. Place in refrigerator for a couple of hours. Makes 6 to 8 servings.


You can also add tomatoes, green pepper, dill or sweet pickles, pimentos or water chestnuts to this salad. This is one you can use your own imagination and make it to your liking. We like the recipe above but I add both the bacon and ham to my salad.