Green Pea Salad With Easy Creamy Dressing

Green Pea Salad With Easy Creamy Dressing

The Spruce / Diana Rattray

  • Total: 18 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 3 mins
  • Yield: 5 to 6 servings

This green pea salad is as pretty as it is flavorful, with bright green peas, shredded carrots, red bell pepper, red onion, and celery. Use a combination of red, yellow, and orange bell pepper for even more color.

Serve this salad with any summer meal or cookout, or take it along to a potluck event or picnic.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups fresh or frozen green peas
  • 1 small carrot (shredded)
  • 1/2 red bell pepper (finely chopped)
  • 1 red onion (finely chopped, about 1 cup)
  • 1/2 cup celery (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 cup light or regular ranch-style dressing
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried leaf oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (or to taste)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Steam the peas on the stovetop or microwave oven following the package instructions. Put them in a colander and rinse under cold water to stop the cooking process.

  3. In a large bowl, combine the cooked cooled peas with the bell pepper, onion, and celery.

  4. In a measuring cup or small bowl, combine the ranch-style dressing, mayonnaise, and seasonings.

  5. Stir the dressing mixture into the vegetables and stir until well coated.

  6. Chill the salad for at least 2 hours before serving.

  7. Serve and enjoy!

Tip

  • Make this a few hours in advance and chill thoroughly for best flavor.

Recipe Variations

The salad ingredients are adaptable as well.

  • Add some diced cooked bacon to the salad for a smoky flavor
  • Make it with about 1/2 cup of shredded mild or sharp cheddar cheese
  • Chopped hard-boiled eggs are a popular addition to many kinds of salads, and would be excellent in this one. Chop or slice one or two hard-boiled eggs; stir into the salad or use as a garnish.
  • For extra herb flavor, a teaspoon of chopped fresh dill or chives to the dressing mixture if you'd like.