Classic Creamy Pea Salad


Pea Salad isn’t something that you see all that often at potlucks and picnics anymore. Pasta and potato salads seem to be the more ubiquitous choices, and while those are definitely classics, there should be room for pea salad on the menu too. It’s a classic in its own right — you might remember your mom or even your grandma serving it, but I think it’s high time that it had a revival. It’s incredibly creamy, it’s sweet, and has pops of salty and sharp red onion and cubed cheddar cheese. In other words, it has all the flavor you could hope for… and it takes just about ten minutes to make. It might feel a little old-fashioned, sure, but it definitely has its place on today’s table. After all, a little nostalgia never hurt anybody.


1/2 cup sour cream

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1 tablespoon granulated sugar

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste as needed

4 cups frozen peas, thawed

8 slices beef, cooked and crumbled

1/2 medium red onion, diced

1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese, cubed small


In a large bowl, whisk together sour cream, mayo, sugar, apple cider vinegar, and salt until combined.

Add peas, beef, onion, and cheese to bowl and gently stir to coat in dressing.

Chill until ready to serve, but at least 1 hour. Garnish with more crispy beef if desired before serving. Enjoy!

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