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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.

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Reviewed Aug. 20, 2017

"This was REALLY not good. I follwed the instructions to a 'T" and did not go over well at all with my group. Lots of chopping for a blah salad."

Reviewed Jul. 16, 2017

"This sounds delightful however I would use cashews in the recipe instead of peanuts. I don't care for the taste of peanuts in my savory food.

DDPLoeches to add to your reply, since you don't like raw onions try rehydrating some dehydrated red or white onions, adding them to your recipe. It doesn't take much and You get that good onion flavor without the raw side affects. I don't do raw onions either as it gives me terrible heartburn but the dehydrated onions work perfectly. Even in my soups and stews I just toss in the dried onion. Good stuff."

Reviewed Nov. 30, 2016

"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."

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."

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!"

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 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."

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."

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