Crunchy Pea Salad

This Crunchy Pea Salad may sound weird but trust me, it’s so good! Peas, peanuts, bacon, celery…all for a refreshing salad. This recipe is a potluck favorite!Crunchy Pea Salad in a red bowl

Growing up my mother’s closet was always this living organism that had a life of its own. It was either clean as a whistle or so packed with stuff you could hardly get your foot in the door.

Clothes, gifts, food,…you name it, it was in there.

The closet was always on her back burner so if she had time (which having 10 kids hardly allows), she would get to organizing it.

It was her Mount Everest, both symbolically and literally when the piles got out of control.

We all knew she hid chocolate in there so we would often take on the quest to find it but would never come out victorious.Crunchy pea salad in a spoon

It must be inherited because I have the same struggle with my closet. I just can’t get a handle on it.

And yes, I also have chocolate in mine. I purge it every couple of months so I’m not sure how there’s anything left in there.

Last week I was having a “Does it spark joy?” episode and donated about 30 skirts to Goodwill.

I know that makes me sound like a clothes hoarder…because I am. I still have clothes from high school.Crunchy Pea Salad - I know it sounds weird but trust me, it's good! Peas, nuts, bacon, celery...all for a refreshing salad.

So I know this Crunchy Pea Salad sounds totally crazy and weird but I had to try it after it got rave reviews online.

Peas…I don’t hate them, but I can definitely leave them. The saltiness of the bacon, the crunch of the celery and nuts, the freshness of the peas, and the bite of the onion all work together.
Crunchy Pea Salad with bacon in a red bowl

It’s a pleasant surprise. Take my word on this Crunchy Pea Salad! Believe it or not this is best when you toss it together with the frozen peas. Let them thaw slightly before serving but extra cold makes it extra good!

If you love a good crunchy salad you’ll love this Asian Cucumber salad from The Food Charlatan.

5 from 1 vote
Crunchy Pea Salad - I know it sounds weird but trust me, it's good! Peas. nuts, bacon, celery...all for a refreshing salad.
Crunchy Pea Salad
Servings: 4
  • 2-1/2 cups frozen peas (about 13 ounces)
  • 1 cup dry roasted peanuts
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 6 bacon strips , cooked and crumbled
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup prepared zesty Italian salad dressing
  1. In a large bowl, combine the first five ingredients. In a small bowl, mix mayonnaise and salad dressing and toss with salad. Refrigerate until serving.
Recipe Notes
I really like this when the peas are almost still frozen! Sounds crazy but it gives it extra crunch. I always wait to add the bacon until right before serving because I like it crunchy.
Source: Taste of Home

Crunchy Pea Salad - I know it sounds weird but trust me, it's good! Peas. nuts, bacon, celery...all for a refreshing salad.


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  1. OH, that really looks like a great salad. And even better, super easy to make. If we don’t go out for dinner on Mother’s Day, my husband bans me from the kitchen. He tells me he’ll make any meal I’d like and tells me to print the recipes out and makes me stay out of the kitchen. It’s hard because my sewing room, where I am every single day, is just steps away from the kitchen so I can hear everything going on in there, including hearing when it’s obvious he’s having trouble. He’s really good at cooking now and I’ve taught him all the tricks about cooking that I already knew since we’ve been together. Even so, I still choose recipes for Mother’s Day that are slightly easier than what I would make myself. Even though I know he can do almost any I’d give him to make, I still try to make it easier on him. This Pea Salad looks like a perfect choice for that day because it’s super easy to mix up. It looks really good too. Thank you.

  2. I was with you until I saw FROZEN peas. Can’t stand frozen peas. So, I put a can of peas in the fridge overnight. Made it the next day. YUMMY!!

  3. Yum! Peas are one of my favorite vegetables!

  4. This salad looks so yummy!


  5. I would put the bacon on the side and put it on each serving so it stays crunchy I’m trying this one.
    Oh…I eat the peas frozen too.

  6. Do you have recipe for dressing?

  7. Jean Lewallen says:

    I have a recipe very similar. I use frozen peas, chopped celery, sunflower seeds but the dressing is quite different. You might like to try the dressing as a change. I use 1/2 cup sour cream and 1/2 cup ranch dressing.

  8. How far in advance can I make this salad? Bringing it for Easter dinner to my sister’s house. I know I should leave the bacon out until serving but can I make this salad a little earlier in the day and refrigerate until I go?

  9. Barbara Montag says:

    I really like this recipe!
    A have to make soon.

  10. Minus the bacon, looks tasty. Will try

  11. Paula S Neils says:

    My Grandmother use to make a similar salad, she called it 3 pea salad-peas, peanuts and pickles. Never tried it with bacon and it sounds wonderful.

  12. Roger D Mucci says:

    Since I do not eat mayonnaise, I used Marie’s Creamy Italian Garlic .Dressing instead and it was delicious. I’ve made this about three times already

  13. is this the italian dressing that comes in a packet just mixed with the mayo or actual dressing you buy in bottle? TIA going to make with dinner tomorrow night

  14. Can you use fresh raw peas

  15. Crunchy Pea Salad is my favorite food

  16. Just a thought, some of us for various reasons do not eat meat, as in your pea salad recipe. it would be nice if you would do as we have seen other cooks do, suggest something that could be used in place of the bacon. We are always cautious about trying our own substitutes and ruining the recipe. Please give this some thought and help us out on your meat recipes. We would greatly appreciate it. Thanks in advance.

  17. Vickie Saylor says:

    Thanks o much for sharing, This Pea Salad I good, I made it for home coming and it was Great! Loved it.

  18. I like the simplicity of this recipe. I found it needed a splash of lemon juice and some salt and pepper to brighten the flavour. (Maybe my zesty italian dressing wasn’t very zesty) Either way, it was quick to throw together with ingredients on hand. I like it so here’s hoping the rest of my family will too!

  19. I bought ingredients to try this out. It wasn’t until I got to the grocery store that I realized there was no specification on which kind of peas are used in you recipe. Do you use sweet peas?

  20. You have just solved a 20 yr old mystery for me! A beloved friend brought this salad to a luncheon and I loved it (even though I’m not a big fan of peas)! She passed on before I got her recipe and have been looking to duplicate it for years. Your recipe is it! Can’t thank you enough! So yummy!!!

  21. Absolutely delicious!

  22. Can I have the nutrition facts for this dish prepared per serving (and serving size)? Thank you!

  23. This sounds awesome! I love peas. Think I will throw in some pickles and hard boiled eggs.

  24. I can’t believe how much time I wasted staring at the dry roasted peanuts at the grocery store. So….which is it? Salted or Unsalted? I bought both……and when I make it in the morning I’m sure I’ll agonize then, too! But I have to know what you use!!!

  25. This salad is delicious! I added three chopped boiled eggs, and otherwise made the recipe exactly as written. So good!