English Pea Salad Recipe

Published on March 16th 2023 by Jennifer Dodd.
Last updated on March 20th 2024
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Toss up a fast, easy, and budget-friendly English Pea Salad that makes the perfect side dish for backyard BBQs, picnics, or any of your favorite entrées. This sweet and salty salad is made using blanched peas mixed with crispy bacon, cherry tomatoes, red onions, and cubes of white cheddar cheese, all coated in a homemade creamy avocado basil dressing that makes this salad extra delicious.

How do you spice up English peas?

Adding your favorite spices or herbs will help to elevate your peas. 

How many calories are in pea salad?

There are 480 calories in this recipe for English pea salad. 

Are English peas healthy?

Yes, peas are considered healthy. They're low in calories and fat and contain good fiber and plant-based protein. 

Are peas healthier than beans?

Peas and beans are almost equal regarding fiber, calories, and fats; peas contain higher amounts of sugar and are higher in specific vitamins such as vitamins A, K, and C.  

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Time & Serves

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
15 mins
4 persons


Creamy Avocado Basil Dressing
  • 1/2 cup Greek Yogurt

  • 1/2 cup Mayonnaise 

  • 1/4 cup Red Wine Vinegar

  • 1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt 

  • 1/8 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper 

  • 1 ripe Avocado

  • 1/2 cup Basil, leaves chopped 

English Pea Salad
  • 8 slices Bacon 

  • 4 cups frozen English Peas

  • 12 Cherry Tomatoes, cut into quarters 

  • 1/4 Red Onion, thinly sliced 

  • 1/2 cup White Cheddar, diced 


Creamy Avocado Basil Dressing

Place all the dressing ingredients into a blender and blend quickly until smooth. Set the dressing aside until ready to use. 

Blend the dressing ingredients in a blender at high speed until it is completely smooth. The dressing should be set aside until used.
English Pea Salad

Preheat the oven to 375 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper before laying the slices of bacon onto the tray. 

Set the oven to 375 degrees. Before placing the bacon slices on the tray, cover a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Bake the bacon in the oven for 10-12 minutes until crispy, flipping the bacon halfway through cooking. 

After flipping the bacon halfway through cooking, bake the bacon for 10 to 12 minutes, or until it is crispy.

Transfer the bacon onto a plate lined with a paper towel to drain off any excess fat before chopping the bacon. 

Before chopping the bacon, place it on a plate covered with paper towels to drain any extra fat.

Fill a medium-sized pot with water bringing it to a boil on the stovetop. 

Bring water in a medium-sized pot to a boil over the heat.

Add the peas to the pot, cooking them for 2 minutes. 

The peas should be added to the stew and cooked for 2 minutes.

Prepare an ice water bath; use a slotted spoon to transfer the peas into the water bath, cooling them off for 5 minutes. 

Use a slotted spoon to transfer the peas into the ice water bath, where they will cool for five minutes.

Use a colander to drain the liquid from the peas before adding them to a mixing bowl. 

Before putting the peas to a mixing bowl, drain the moisture from them in a strainer.

Toss the peas with the chopped bacon, cherry tomatoes, red onion, and white cheddar, and dress until fully coated. 

Toss the peas until thoroughly coated with the chopped bacon, cherry tomatoes, red onion, white cheddar, and dressing.

Transfer the pea salad to a bowl or platter before serving. Then, if you're looking for more inspiration, try our recipes for Cobb or Vegan Kale Caesar salad, which is filling and refreshing. 

Before serving, transfer the pea salad to a bowl or tray. Try our recipes for Cobb or Vegan Kale Caesar salad, which are both satisfying and refreshing, if you need additional inspiration.
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