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Pea 'n' Peanut Salad Recipe

Pea 'n' Peanut Salad Recipe

Even people who don't like peas love this crunchy recipe, including my own children. I love the fact that it's so easy and makes a refreshing alternative to more traditional salads. A friend gave me the recipe years ago and I've been making it ever since. —Laurinda Nelson, Phoenix, Arizona
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min. YIELD:4 servings


  • 2-1/2 cups frozen peas (about 10 ounces), thawed
  • 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; stir into salad. Refrigerate, covered, until serving. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

2/3 cup: 579 calories, 48g fat (7g saturated fat), 22mg cholesterol, 957mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 7g fiber), 17g protein.

Reviews for Pea 'n' Peanut Salad

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kfnb User ID: 8771061 251797
Reviewed Jul. 24, 2016

"I have made this salad several times, mostly for church potlucks. I never take much of it home with me. The Italian dressing is great, but I've also used whatever I have on hand with great results."

shannondobos User ID: 5115022 250121
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2016

"What a fantastic combination of ingredients. I was looking for a unique salad that would provide a change from the everyday routine. What a find! Everyone loved this, especially the kids! It seems like a lot of dressing when mixing this up, but I wouldn't change a thing. Delicious!"

ebramkamp User ID: 702841 243938
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2016

"I love peas so trying this was a no brainer. I am glad I did. Very flavorful, easy and as others mentioned-make sure you have the recipe on hand because people will be asking for it."

jeanemed User ID: 1512060 215258
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2014 Edited Jul. 2, 2016

"Good. Let it sit awhile before serving to blend the flavors. Will make for fourth of July when I serve several salads. Unique."

Lacemaker427 User ID: 7859893 208001
Reviewed Jul. 17, 2014

"This only gets 5 stars from me when made right -- LEAVE THE PEAS FROZEN TO SERVE! I get rock star reviews everywhere I take it! My dressing is a little different (no onions or bacon, a few different proportions, etc), but the dressing is inconsequential. The shock and awe is the frozen peas! Kick it up a mile and try it this way. Your guests will love you! Remember to bring copies of the recipe! You won't have any left when the meal is over, guaranteed."

shankoene User ID: 1733238 164049
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2013

"I had a salad like this at a potluck years ago and have been looking for a similar recipe ever since. This is fabulous though I may add less mayo next time."

sugarcrystal User ID: 5836839 159301
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2013

"Wow! What a fun & unexpected salad! I did substitute vidalia onion vinaigrette for the Italian dressing because that's all I had on hand. It still tasted great & I will be making this often. Great summertime dish."

crazymom48 User ID: 6074604 164047
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2012

"Everyone loves this change it up a bit, I use Honey Roasted Peanuts."

deneicy User ID: 6417547 91555
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2011

"DELICIOUS! Easy to make! The peanuts added a WONDERFUL surprising CRUNCHINESS."

luralu5357 User ID: 1606560 156085
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2011

"This was my contribution to "salad day" at work. It got rave reviews. Instead of cooked and crumbled bacon, I used Hormel Real Bacon Bits. I plan to add some cubed or shredded cheddar cheese the next time I make it."

Regi M User ID: 4585753 91536
Reviewed Jun. 2, 2011 Edited Jul. 9, 2016

"My Mother's second cousin brought this to a family reunion quite a few years ago and it was extremely well received by a family of great cooks. Both have since passed on but this recipe went home with everyone there and has always been met with raves for its taste, textures, colour and ease of preparation. For large groups I double it. I don't thaw the peas first as I make this ahead of some other dishes and they thaw while waiting to be devoured. I decorate it with red onion rings and sliced radish rounds to play up the red and green colours. Members of my weaving guild always wanted me to bring this to pot lucks (before I moved). Ended up in another weaving guild a few years later and I got raves and recipe requests there as well! It is in with all my family heritage recipes now!"

Badgirl31 User ID: 3210011 110692
Reviewed May. 16, 2011

"I thought this was great. I did change it up to make it lower calorie. I used light mayo and fat free zesty italian dressing and slightly less peanuts. I also added a can of white beans to make it more hearty and add protein. I ate it first as it was as a salad and then the next day I put it on a whole wheat tortilla as a wrap. I would recommend this!"

AdeleDegnan User ID: 4801874 110689
Reviewed Apr. 25, 2011

"This recipe was pretty good as written, but I felt it was too heavy on dressing. The second time I made this, I doubled the peas. Much better. Next time, I will use equal amounts of mayo and dressing (about 1/3 c. of each), as I felt the dressing could use a bit more zing."

Lori Kostecki User ID: 5325664 70892
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2011

"Definitely a keeper! I tried this on a whim when I was looking to make something out of the ordinary. I could eat a whole bowl of this salad!"

kbrew1 User ID: 149104 70891
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2011

"Can this calorie count really be true? WOW!"

Mamie Jane User ID: 3601565 159272
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2010

"I like this salad a lot -- it's easy to make and a tasty alternative to macaroni, potato or pasta salad. But, as a note of caution, I would suggest not adding the peanuts until right before serving time. I had leftovers, and the peanuts were a bit soggy the next day."

daisy2010 User ID: 4104415 89699
Reviewed Jul. 20, 2010

"I love this salad. Have made it many times and everyone enjoys it. So easy and delicious. Wouldn't change a thing about it although I may add cheese the next time I make it as someone said in the ratings. Sounds like it would make it over the top good."

mluisac User ID: 3584181 80264
Reviewed May. 6, 2010

"YUM! Definitely a keeper:)"

daisy2010 User ID: 4104415 70882
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2010

"One of the best salad recipes I have ever tried. Easy as can be to make and so delicious. Thanks."

Hannah0418 User ID: 1795891 89697
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2009

"made this for Christmas Eve dinner - received rave reviews so i made another batch for Christmas Day dinner. it's not something i'd make for myself, but everyone else loved it."

5hungrykids User ID: 1062637 140992
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2008

"Love this salad! It does not need cheese. Perfect as is. Thank you!"

jennifervonende User ID: 2816989 164043
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2008

"Excellent recipe...coming from someone who is no fan of peas is saying something!!! I woudn't change a thing other than add cheese! I have brought this salad to two gatherings now and have received great reviews."

vannd User ID: 3168015 63999
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2008

"Sounds delic but, in my opinion, pea salad is NOT pea salad without cubed Velveeta cheese. I will try this with the added cheese."

osborngr User ID: 1144871 142525
Reviewed Jul. 8, 2008

"I do not like peas, but I loved this salad. I replaced the Italian salad dressing with spinach salad dressing. Next time I will use the full 16 oz. bag of peas and leave out the celery. I am going to take it to a party next week!"

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