This dish was inspired by an old friend in Tyler, TX. She made it with just peas, cheese, onion and mayonnaise. I’ve kicked it up a bit with the addition of bacon, mint, and red onion. It is so simple to make and great for a buffet or pot-luck. The recipe is for frozen peas but if you’re not opposed to shelling your own fresh peas by all means do use fresh sweet peas from the garden or Farmers Market. Just steam fresh peas for 5-7 minutes and plunk them in ice water to chill, then drain before assembling the salad. Also, to reduce fat and calories you may dress the salad with a mint vinaigrette instead of mayonnaise. Red onions are pungent so you may want to use Walla Walla sweets or another white onion variety. Try this with left over chicken or ham instead of bacon. The substitutions are endless.
- 14 oz pkg frozen sweet peas, thawed under warm water
- 6 strips bacon, fried crisp and chopped
- 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese, cubed about 1/2 inch
- 1/4 red onion, sliced paper-thin
- 1/4 cup fresh mint, chopped fine
- 1/2 cup real-mayonnaise – homemade is best
- sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
Drain peas thoroughly, add all other ingredients and fold together until well combined.