Pea 'n' Peanut Salad Recipe
- 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.
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
"This idea behind this recipe (peas, peanuts, and bacon, wow!) looked really good, but since I don't like crunchy celery or raw onions, I left them out. I cut the amount of mayonnaise in half because it seemed like way too much, thinking that I would add more after it was mixed if it needed it; it didn't; the ingredients were well covered with dressing. I served it really cold, but not quite frozen, and nobody liked that (someone said, "it makes my teeth hurt, it's so cold!").I ate some of the leftovers a few hours later, after it was up to fridge temperature, and that was better, but my family has told me not to try this again."
"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."
"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!"
"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."
"Good. Let it sit awhile before serving to blend the flavors. Will make for fourth of July when I serve several salads. Unique."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"Everyone loves this salad....to change it up a bit, I use Honey Roasted Peanuts."
"DELICIOUS! Easy to make! The peanuts added a WONDERFUL surprising CRUNCHINESS."
"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."
"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!"
"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!"
"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."
"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!"
"Can this calorie count really be true? WOW!"
"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."
"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."
"YUM! Definitely a keeper:)"
"One of the best salad recipes I have ever tried. Easy as can be to make and so delicious. Thanks."
"Love this salad! It does not need cheese. Perfect as is. Thank you!"
"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."
"Sounds delic but, in my opinion, pea salad is NOT pea salad without cubed Velveeta cheese. I will try this with the added cheese."
"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!"