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Black bowl filled with a creamy bacon pea salad.

Light and Creamy Bacon pea Salad

The best classic Creamy Bacon Pea Salad - lightened up without sacrificing flavor! This is the easiest cold salad to make for those warm summer days! Enjoy this delicious side dish without the guilt.
Course Salad, Side, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Easy Side Dishes, Salad, Side Dish, Side Salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 155kcal
Author Samantha Buckner


  • 4 cups frozen peas thawed
  • 1/2 cup red onion chopped
  • 4 ounces cheddar cheese cut into cubes or shredded
  • 4 strips thick cut bacon cooked


  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt more or less - to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper more or less - to taste
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder


  • extra bacon crumbles if needed
  • salt and pepper


  • Remove peas from freezer and lay them on the counter to thaw. While they are thawing, cook the bacon, chop the red onions, and cut/shred the cheddar cheese.
  • To a small mixing bowl, combine all ingredients for the dressing. Stir well and taste test for any adjustments such as salt, pepper or even mayonnaise. If you prefer a bit more of a tangy flavor, add 1 tablespoon of additional mayo at a time until desired flavor is met.
  • To a large serving bowl, stir together the dressing with the salad ingredients.
  • Dish can be served right away or (better yet) store it in a sealable tupperware container in the refrigerator for a minumum of 1 hour to give the flavors a chance to mingle.
  • Gently stir before serving. Garnish with additional bacon, salt, and pepper - if needed.


Serving: 1serving ( 1/2 cup ) | Calories: 155kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 276mg | Potassium: 178mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 473IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 92mg | Iron: 1mg