Pea Salad with Bacon

Homemade Pea Salad with Bacon is a summertime classic salad, but you can enjoy this pea salad with bacon at any time of year.

a plate of homemade pea salad with cheese and bacon

Green Pea Salad

Homemade Pea Salad with Bacon is one of my favorite salads for the summer. It’s easy and quick to put together.

Chances are you have many of the ingredients already in your pantry. Who doesn’t love a salad this is easy and quick to put together?

American Cheese is the Secret to Sweet Pea Salad

The cubed American cheese is an addition that I just love. Luby’s Cafeteria cubes their American cheese when they put it in salads. Small cubes of cheese add a lot of flavor and look so attractive as you can see the bits of cheese sprinkled throughout the salad.

Another special ingredient is smoked paprika. Smoked Paprika gives salads a great smokey flavor. You can use smoked paprika in steak rubs, or seasoned flour.

Pea Salad Recipe Ingredients

Here’s a list of what you need:

  • Mayonnaise
  • Salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • Smoked paprika
  • Frozen peas
  • Red onion
  • Deli American cheese
  • Bacon
peas, red onions, mayonnaise, bacon, frozen peas and more

How to Make Pea Salad with Bacon

  1. Combine mayonnaise, salt, pepper, and smoked paprika in a large bowl.
stirring in seasonings to dressing for pea salad
  1. Put the mixture in a bowl with frozen peas, onion, cheese, and bacon. Stir to combine.
pea salad ingredients in a bowl.
  1. Refrigerate the salad in an airtight container for at least 2 hours or overnight.
a plate of pea salad made with cheese and bacon

Tips for Making Delicious Pea Salad

I believe the best flavor comes from mixing the seasonings into the mayonnaise before the remaining ingredients are stirred in. When you stir the seasonings into the dressing you really incorporate the seasonings fully this way.

After the seasonings are mixed in, you will want to add in the remaining ingredients and stir until the English pea salad is blended well.

For the best flavor, be sure to cover the salad and refrigerate it for a few hours before serving. When you allow the salad to rest before serving the flavors really come out and the salad tastes even better.

A plate of pea salad with bacon and cheese

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a plate of homemade pea salad with cheese and bacon

Pea Salad with Bacon

You will love this classic Pea Salad with Bacon.
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fresh pea salad, Pea salad, pea salad with bacon
Prep Time: 14 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 24 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 301kcal


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 24 ounces frozen peas
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup diced American cheese
  • 1/2 cup cooked and diced bacon


  • Place mayonnaise, salt, pepper, and smoked paprika in a large bowl. Stir until well combined.
  • Add frozen peas, red onion, cheese, and bacon. Stir to combine.
  • Transfer the salad to an airtight container and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving. Pea salad is best when refrigerated overnight before being served.



Calories: 301kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 485mg | Potassium: 231mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 815IU | Vitamin C: 34.4mg | Calcium: 115mg | Iron: 1.4mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Jane Pate

    Yuck on the frozen peas. Try the canned Le Sueur young small sweet peas (drained) instead. All the difference in the world. I use chopped cheddar cheese (not American). I haven’t tried the chopped bacon but that might be good. We had a cafeteria here that started using the frozen peas and not good at all. Also you can use chopped up sweet pickles or just a very little sweet relish. Don’t want too much liquid.

  2. Barbara Charron

    Do you have a recipe for Anthony’s Home Port’s Almond Chicken Salads Dressing. I seem to have lost my Copycat recipe. Please email it to me at the email address below. I would appreciate it very much. Thank you.

  3. Barbara Charron

    Do you have a recipe for the salad dressing for, Anthony’s Home Port ‘s ALMOND CHICKEN SALAD. I use to have it, but I misplaced it. Please email it to me . I would appreciate it very much. Thanks.

  4. Beth

    I think you failed to add the peas in the recipe. Do you rinse or cook the peas any before adding them? Thanks!

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