Sunday, July 15, 2012

Mom's Creamy Pea Salad for #BeatTheHeat #SundaySupper



I know I have mentioned, on more than a few occasions, that my mother didn't do a lot of cooking. We had mostly boxed or canned food for dinners. But there were a few things that she made to take to parties, picnics, or pot lucks, that people requested over and over again. Her pea salad being one of the most requested. Every time we went to these functions more and more people fell in love with this salad, to the point that she would quadruple the recipe just to make sure everyone was able to get their share

I never made this salad once I was married and had kids because neither of my kids liked peas, I know, crazy kids! But just recently my son Seth has decided they aren't so bad. The rest of us here love them so as soon as the weather warmed up I knew exactly what I wanted to make.....Mom's Pea Salad!


This is such a simple recipe you will love it! I didn't change it up a bit (of course) but it is still her basic recipe.  It was really a great feeling to be in the kitchen making something that reminded me of my Mother. She has been gone now for 7 years, and you know as the years go on you miss them but everyday life takes over and you think about them less and less. As soon as I decided to make this recipe so many thoughts of my Mother flooded my head. It was like she was with me all day. It really was a wonderful feeling. I even caught myself saying to her "Mom I hope you don't mind I changed your recipe, but you know me" I know she would have laughed and shook her head.

As I said this is a simple recipe with a lot of love. I hope maybe it can become one of your family's summer favorites! You may want to make a double batch though because a single batch went so fast people were actually licking the bowl!!



Creamy Pea Salad

1 bag frozen sweet peas (10 ounces)
5 slices smoky bacon, fried crisp and crumbled or chopped
4 green onions sliced thin,whites and greens
1/2 cup low fat mayo
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon sugar
Salt and pepper to taste


Combined all ingredient in a medium bowl and stir to combine well. Salt and pepper to taste. Cover and refrigerate for at least and hour so the flavors meld. Adjust seasoning if needed. Allow to stand at room temp for 30 minutes if softer peas are desired.

Serves 4

*My mother would take the salad immediately to the picnic once combined so the frozen peas would keep the salad cold longer.


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30 comments:

  1. What a great idea! I love this and can't wait to make it next time I have a get-together. Thank you for sharing during #SundaySupper. I love that you are part of our group!

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    1. Thanks so much! I love being a part of such a wonderful foodie family :)

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  2. So much better than plain peas. Great salad.

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    1. I am glad you like it. I plan on making it several more times this summer, it was awesome to see my kids enjoy it as much as I enjoyed it when my Mom made it.

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  3. Creamy pea salad with bacon! Yes, please! What a fantastic recipe!

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    1. I know I think bacon just makes everything better!!

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  4. Bacon? Yes please! Great flavors in this as well.

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    1. I am so glad it you like it. I love being able to share dishes from my past.

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  5. Looks so amazing - I love peas!! :D Thank you so much for sharing!

    xoxo,
    Cheri

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  6. I love the idea of the frozen peas doing double-duty! And bacon?! What an awesome addition! How can you go wrong!?

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    1. Thanks Amy! My Mom didn't do a lot of cooking but this is one of her dishes that has always stood out in my mind. I can't believe it took me so long to make it myself.

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  7. I love peas, how could I not love this! Love seeing different dishes like this, my husband doesn't like peas and I keep forgetting that I could make dishes that only myself could eat!! Have to try it!

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    1. Oh your husband is missing out!! Maybe when you make it he will try a nibble? I will keep my fingers crossed :)

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  8. I guess many kids will be ok with peas if you add bacon! Excellent summer salad, I just love peas! And bacon!

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    1. Thanks Paula. My son HATED peas growing up but killed this salad. I wish I had made a double or triple batch!!

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  9. I love your creamy pea salad ! It reminds me of what my mom used to do. Thanks for sharing! your delish s

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    1. Thank you Elizabeth. Isn't it fun to make food that brings back good memories?

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  10. Bacon...YUM! I love pea salad, and this one looks great :)

    Jamie @ www.mamamommymom.com

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  11. Fresh and lovely :) Lovely pic too :)

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    1. Thanks Sunithi :)I am trying to get better with my photography

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    1. Thanks Heather! I totally agree :)

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  13. I would really love this easy salad. Thanks for linking up at Weekend Potluck!

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  14. Okay this is seriously yummy. Reminds me of something my mom used to make.

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    1. Thanks Kim. Yes I love the memories it brings back!

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