Spring has sprung. Or so we thought here in the good Old Dominion, but Spring apparently only decided to hang around for seven days, before high-tailing it back to parts unknown. That however, and the much cooler temps, didn’t stop the first BBQ get together of the season. I always have a few go-to barbecue, grill-out get together style go-to dishes to make for any function we’re going to or get invited to. While a pasta-based salad may be more traditional, this pea salad doesn’t disappoint. A cool twist on an old classic, with a great crunch from both the peas and the crispy bacon bits.
I know you may be looking at this recipe and thinking ‘a whole salad made out of peas’? really?! Well, it’s true you really can make a totally tasty salad out of peas! On first reading this recipe, you will have no idea how good it is. So don’t read it. Don’t doubt. Just plow ahead, make it, and see for yourself.
recipe adapted from Sugar N Spice Gals
2-3 cups frozen peas
1/4 thinly sliced green onions
1 lb bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
1/4 cup red onion, diced
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 tbsp plus 1 tsp white vinegar
1 tsp sugar
salt & pepper, to taste
1/8 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1/8 tsp soy sauce
1. In a bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, salt, pepper, Worcestershire, & soy sauce.
2. Stir in the remaining ingredients, mixing well.
3. Chill for at least one hour before serving.
Optional add-in ingredients: 1 cup chopped cauliflower, 1 cup craisins, 1 cup peanuts or sunflower seeds, 1/2 cup diced celery. Keep in mind though that if you opt for add ins you will need to increase the sauce ingredients to compensate.