This easy salad came about in an attempt to satisfy my son who loves peas and my husband who doesn't. It has become a huge hit. You may want to double the recipe if you want any leftovers!

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
10 mins
additional:
30 mins
total:
50 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place bacon in a skillet over medium-high heat, and cook until evenly brown. Drain, crumble, and set aside.

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  • Bring the water to a boil in a pot. Boil the peas 1 minute, until just tender, and drain. Cool peas under cold running water.

  • In a bowl, toss together bacon, peas, onion, Ranch dressing, and Cheddar cheese. Refrigerate 30 minutes or until chilled before serving.

Nutrition Facts

359 calories; protein 14.1g 28% DV; carbohydrates 18.3g 6% DV; fat 25.6g 39% DV; cholesterol 36.4mg 12% DV; sodium 740.7mg 30% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
08/07/2006
Great Recipe...I had tasted a great pea salad at a pot luck get together and was looking for a good recipe that seemed close. This was even better. I used a little less bacon (5 slices for a double recipe) because I had thick sliced bacon. Also, I added chopped hard boiled eggs, because that other pea salad had them in it. Wonderful. Using frozen or fresh peas is a key in, as canned peas (much like green beans) don't even taste the same in my opinion, and the mushy texture and bland color are a turn off. To the poster that said it got watery the next day, that's normal... just stir it with a spoon for gosh sakes, or tilt it and drain off the water. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/20/2005
This was a nice change for a side dish. I didn't like it as much as I thought I would. I think I would have liked it better w/ canned peas which I may try next time. I did use real bacon bits to save time. Read More
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222 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 139
  • 4 star values: 62
  • 3 star values: 16
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
08/07/2006
Great Recipe...I had tasted a great pea salad at a pot luck get together and was looking for a good recipe that seemed close. This was even better. I used a little less bacon (5 slices for a double recipe) because I had thick sliced bacon. Also, I added chopped hard boiled eggs, because that other pea salad had them in it. Wonderful. Using frozen or fresh peas is a key in, as canned peas (much like green beans) don't even taste the same in my opinion, and the mushy texture and bland color are a turn off. To the poster that said it got watery the next day, that's normal... just stir it with a spoon for gosh sakes, or tilt it and drain off the water. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/02/2006
I have a son who hates vegetables so I am always on the lookout for new ways to try them. (I had to leave out the onions because he will not eat ANYTHING with onions.) This was a huge hit and is now a staple in our menu plans. I used a couple of shortcuts--I don't boil the peas. Just put them in a colander and run hot water over them until they thaw. I also use a package of real bacon bits instead of cooking the bacon. I have used both regular frozen peas and the Green Giant Select baby sweet peas--the baby peas are sweeter and make it even better! This also better if you refrigerate it overnight. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/08/2005
Try adding a touch of garlic powder to this (to taste). This salad is excellent. You can also put in a sweet red onion for a sweeter taste. Thanks for sharing...A keeper! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/03/2006
This is a great summer side dish(however I make it throughout the year). My grandmother made this for me as a child. She used ham and cheddar cheese cubes. Using bacon and shredded cheese is a nice change. I also tried it using turkey bacon and low-fat ranch...still delicious. Thanks for a great recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/11/2005
This was wonderful really easy and liked by all. It gets better with time. I put it on a bed of lettuce. I used mayo mixed with salt pepper a dash of vinegar and sugar and fresh chives. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/03/2004
This pea salad is delicious! Not a big fan of ranch dressing but it all worked so well together. My whole family loved it! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/10/2005
Yummy!!! We loved it! I used green onions not quite a whole bag of peas and a little less ranch...it's a keeper! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/02/2007
This salad is very good with celery and red onion bits. Water chestnuts add a nice crunch as well. The Ranch is a bit overpowering but you can fix that by using less than the seasoning packet calls for. Sometimes I make the dressing with half sour cream and half mayo. We're not fans of pure mayo. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/03/2005
I like this recipie. I am not a fan of ranch dressing so I just used mayonaise and s p. I did put in celery and served it on a bed of lettuce. I ate the leftovers the next day and they were even better. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/20/2005
This was a nice change for a side dish. I didn't like it as much as I thought I would. I think I would have liked it better w/ canned peas which I may try next time. I did use real bacon bits to save time. Read More
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