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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Spring Pea Salad


    I wanted to bring a light and fresh side dish to K.C.'s crab feast.  I kept changing my mind about what I was going to make.  I needed something I could make in advance.  Something I could make before work and not require much before we headed across the street to K.C.'s house.  We are so lucky to have my brothers live so close!  So, I decided to make a pea salad.  Jamie from Love Bakes Good Cakes posted a recipe on Facebook recently that got the idea in my head.  Hers looked great, but I wanted something a bit lighter, so this is what I came up with.  It was pretty darn good if I do say so myself.


     Sometimes simple sides like this really are the way to go.  With spring upon us again, I couldn't wait to make another batch of this spring pea salad.  Oddly enough, I made it for another dinner where K.C. was cooking the meat.  He smoked a ton of delicious baby back ribs and I thought a simple and fresh side like this would be a perfect accompaniment.  I only made one batch because I knew he was going to make a ton of ribs and he was doing a smoked macaroni and cheese too.  In hindsight I should have made two as the pea salad disappeared rather quickly.


   This pea salad is a perfect side dish with anything on the grill.  Just think of how good it would be with K.C.'s turkey bacon explosion and a slice of honey chipotle skillet cornbread! Though you don't have to fire up the grill to enjoy a serving, I could also eat it by itself for lunch!  


Yield: serves 6

Spring Pea Salad

Perfect for a picnic, or Easter or any time! This pea salad is made with yogurt instead of mayo which makes it lighter and fresher! A little ham and cheese never hurt anything either!
prep time: 10 MINScook time: total time: 10 mins

INGREDIENTS:


  • 1 lb peas (fresh would be great, but these were defrosted frozen peas)
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1-2 green onions
  • 2 slices ham
  • 2 oz cheese, cubed (I used half mozzarella and half colby jack)
  • salt and pepper

INSTRUCTIONS


  1. Make sure peas are drained
  2. Slice your green onions and dice your ham into relatively small pieces
  3. Mix all the ingredients together
  4. Adjust your salt and pepper to your liking and refrigerate until ready to serve
  5. That's it! So easy and so good!
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38 comments:

  1. We used to eat pea salad a lot when I was young. I haven't made it in ages...this recipe makes me want it! Hopped over from Idea Box Link Party;)

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    1. I hadn't had it in a while either. It is really good and so easy, I don't know why I stopped making it. I am sure it will make an appearance on our dinner table quite a few times this spring!

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  2. This looks good... I make a pea and cheese salad, but haven't done so for too long... we like it and need to make it again... thank you for the reminder. :)

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    1. I hadn't had a pea salad in a while myself. I ate the leftover for breakfast. I think I may make another one for Easter!

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  3. Yum!! This does seem like a perfect side for a crab meal.

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    1. It was nice to have a light and cool side. The whole dinner came together really well!

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  4. I just love a Pea Salad, and nothing says Spring more that a Pea Salad. Your post is awesome and thanks so much for sharing it with Full Plate Thursday!
    Happy Spring!
    Miz Helen

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    1. It is nice to be able to start making some bright spring dishes!

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  5. Yum! This sounds like the perfect salad for the occasion! Thanks so much for sharing your recipe at Talented Tuesdays!

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    1. Thank you for hosting! I love pea salad, I just don't think to make it very often. It was nice to have something fresh and cool to go with all the crab!

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  6. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you have a great weekend and enjoy your new Red Plate!
    Miz Helen

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    1. Thank you so much! I am looking forward to seeing what everyone makes this week!

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  7. Double yum! This looks great. Thanks for linking up with us at Funtastic Friday. I hope to see you again this week.

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  8. This looks delish, Carlee - perfect for a potluck and now you have me thinking Spring! Happy Throwback Thursday!

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    1. Thanks, you too! I love pea salad and all it took was one nice day and now I am craving it!

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  9. I am so ready for springtime dishes, this pea salad sounds wonderful as does the crab feast! Thanks for sharing at What'd You Do This Weekend?!

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    1. Both were great! I am ready for spring dishes too, light, bright and fresh sounds great right about now!

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  10. I do pea salad with bleu cheese dressing-- I am sure I could make the dressing a bit lighter with greek yogurt! I have also used bacon instead of ham. this looks lovely!

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    1. Oooh, bleu cheese and bacon sounds wonderful!

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  11. I was just thinking the other day, a nice chilled pea salad sounded good. Going to try this recipe very very soon!!

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    1. Great minds think alike! We really like this version and hope you do too!

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  12. My grandmother made pea salad (with mayo of course). She used the tiny tiny peas and she cut her ham and cheese into "pea size" pieces. She could cut up tiny things for hours and she never used a food processor. Thanks for sharing.

    Wishes for tasty dishes,
    Linda

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    1. Oh my goodness! It is definitely worth it, but that is some dedication. I like to think I am keeping the pieces easily forkable ;-)

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  13. This looks delish. Pinning to my salad board for when it warms up. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you!! It is definitely one of our favorites!

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  14. Pea salad is one of my favorites! I grew up eating this classic dish.

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  15. Carlee, we are a "pea salad family" -- at least one of my maternal cousins puts cheese in hers, but I never do. Not that I don't like that version, it's just that after a lifetime of a strictly vegetable version, it doesn't occur to me. (Besides, I'm a cheese addict, and I don't need one more excuse to eat more cheese!) I like how you've lightened it up with yogurt. My mother used mayonnaise, and I usually use a homemade vinegar and oil.

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    1. I'll have to try it with vinegar and oil! Now I am curious what all you put in yours!

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  16. I love pea's so much! Definitely a great salad to kick off spring!

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    1. Me too! As a kid I hated them, but I think I only really knew canned peas (which I still wouldn't touch!) but then I tried a fresh pea and that changed my mind. Now I love frozen peas too!

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  17. That looks delicious. I love the idea of adding ham.
    Thanks for sharing at Funtastic Friday.

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    1. Thanks, Kimm! This is one of my spring time favorites!

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  18. Hi Carlee, my first reaction was oOooO not keen on mayonnaise, and was pleasantly surprised to read you use yogurt and not mayonnaise. The cheese and ham would complement the sweetness of the peas nicely. I can see this going down well at a barbecue for sure!..... I love the sound of smoked grilled cheese! Now that wouldn't last two minutes around here.

    xx

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    1. Ha! Cheese of most any kind doesn't stand much of a chance around here ;-)

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  19. Pea Salad is an old family favorite and thanks for reminding me to make it again soon. My old recipe is slightly different in that it does use mayo and instead of chopped ham, it uses chopped hard-boiled eggs. They add some protein, make it pretty and tasty, too.

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    1. We love hard boiled eggs. I need to try it that way too!

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