Pea Salad with red onions and cheese is a quintessential recipe for spring and summer with its creamy texture and taste.  And talk about an easy recipe! If you can mix, you can make, which means this pea salad is done in mere minutes to free you up for summer fun.

Pea salad in a white bowl with cheddar cheese, bites of tomato, red onions

Not that you would know it by the temperature outside in most of America, but summer IS on its way. That means tons of time at the beach, parks, picnics – which also means plenty of hungry friends and family!PEA SALAD RECIPE WITH RED ONIONS AND CHEESEPlay Video

You can always go with old food staples like cucumber feta tomato salad (which is so fresh and light) or favorites like caprese salad with cherry tomatoes and mozzarella, but everyone loves a gorgeous green pea salad.Personally I just adore the texture of peas and they are super underrated, which means little chance for someone to bring the same thing. And making changes to the ingredients is typically not an issue!

Try adding more bacon, cut up tomatoes, or even make your pea salad with egg!

pea salad ingredients in a bowl with cheese, red onion, bacon, and cheese all in a bowl next to it


Separately these ingredients are delicious but together they make a perfect side dish that will compliment all your upcoming meals!

This cold dish is fantastic to be served with fried chicken, BBQ, grilled meats or even just have in a bowl as a main dish (which is what I do).

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Here is what you need to gather to get started: 

  • frozen peas
  • bacon
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  •  shredded mozzarella cheese
  • diced red onion
  • 1 cup real mayonnaise (I Only use Hellmann’s but you can use Miracle Whip if that is your thing)
  • salt and pepper
  • bacon bits optional

RELATED RECIPES: Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad with PeasCreamy Ham and Pea SaladShrimp Salad with Avocado

Make it Vegetarian: Just remove the bacon!

Easy traditional and classic pea salad in a bowl waiting for cheese to be dumped into it



This dish is so creamy that it’s a perfect summer salad combination with bacon, red onions, and cheese that will have your guests begging for more.

Always on the table in the south, this recipe is the one you grew up with; flavorful and easy to indulge.

Plus you won’t believe how easy it is to make!

With no baking or cooking needed, your salad can be ready to walk out the door quite quickly.

Need a hot side dish option? It’s so hard to pick what green veggie is my favorite because I like so many, but nothing makes me happier than homemade creamed peas! Make sure you grab that recipe too!


In a large mixing bowl combine thawed peas, bacon, onions, both kinds of shredded cheese, mayonnaise and mix well so that all your ingredients are covered.

Season with salt and black pepper and mix a few more times, adding a dash here or there to make sure you get full coverage of your spices.

Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight to make sure flavors and creamy dressing blend and are cold upon serving.

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