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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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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."

Reviewed Dec. 18, 2014

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

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."

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."

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."

Reviewed Jul. 21, 2012

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

Reviewed Dec. 26, 2011

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

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."

Reviewed Jun. 2, 2011

"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 sinced passed on but this recipe went home with everyone there and has always been met with raves both 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. Member of my weaving guild always wanted me to bring this to pot lucks (before I moved). It is in with all my family heritage recipes now!"

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!"

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."

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!"

Reviewed Mar. 17, 2011

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

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."

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."

Reviewed May. 6, 2010

"YUM! Definitely a keeper:)"

Reviewed Apr. 28, 2010

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

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."

Reviewed Nov. 30, 2008

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

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."

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."

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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