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Pea Salad without Bacon

If you’re looking for a refreshing and vibrant dish, this pea salad without bacon is a fantastic option! For those seeking a light and flavorful meal or side dish packed with wholesome ingredients and bursting with color, you’ll want to try out this recipe.

By leaving out the bacon, we can explore an alternative approach to this classic recipe, creating a vegetarian-friendly version that still satisfies your taste buds and promotes a healthy lifestyle.

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Why would I make a pea salad without any bacon?

There are several reasons why someone might choose to make a pea salad without bacon.

For example, many people follow specific dietary choices, such as vegetarianism where they abstain from consuming animal products like bacon. Making a pea salad without adding in any bacon allows them to enjoy a flavorful dish that aligns with their dietary preferences.

Bacon is also often high in fat and sodium, and some individuals may be mindful of their intake of these for health reasons. By excluding bacon from your pea salad, you can create a lighter and potentially healthier dish without sacrificing taste.

You may also enjoy this pea and pasta salad!

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Some individuals also simply do not enjoy the taste or texture of bacon, or they might be looking for a change of pace. Making a pea salad without bacon allows them to explore different flavors and textures while still enjoying a satisfying and nutritious salad.

Regardless of the reason, making a pea salad without bacon opens up a world of possibilities to experiment with alternative ingredients and flavors, creating a dish that suits your unique taste and dietary requirements.

Missing the protein in this salad? Consider serving it alongside a hearty and delicious shrimp grilled cheese sandwich for an easy meal.

What can I put in a pea salad without bacon?

  • Frozen peas
  • Mayonnaise 
  • Sour cream 
  • Apple cider vinegar 
  • Red onion
  • Cheddar cheese 
  • Salt & pepper to taste 
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How do I make a tasty pea salad without bacon?

First, in a small bowl mix the mayonnaise, sour cream, and apple cider vinegar – set aside. 

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Then in a large bowl combine the peas, onion, and cheese. 

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Now mix in the mayo mixture until well combined.

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Finally, season with salt & pepper to taste. 

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Chill, serve, and enjoy! 

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How to store pea salad?

To ensure the longevity and freshness of your pea salad, proper storage is critical. The salad should be stored in the refrigerator to maintain its freshness. Transfer it to an airtight container or cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap or a lid.

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It’s best to eat the pea salad within 3-4 days of preparation. If your pea salad contains dressing, keep in mind that the dressing may separate over time. To combat this, give the salad a gentle toss or stir before serving to redistribute the dressing and ensure even flavor distribution.

In case your pea salad includes toppings or garnishes that are best enjoyed crispy or crunchy, such as croutons or nuts, it’s advisable to store them separately and add them just before serving. This helps maintain their texture and prevents them from becoming soggy.

Pea Salad without Bacon on a diagonal

Making a pea salad without bacon opens up a world of possibilities for creating a flavorful and satisfying dish.

Whether you follow a specific dietary preference, have health considerations, or simply prefer to explore alternative flavors, leaving out the bacon allows you to enjoy a pea salad that aligns with your needs and preferences.

By incorporating a variety of fresh and vibrant ingredients, you can create a refreshing and nutritious salad that showcases the natural sweetness of peas while incorporating complementary flavors and textures. 

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Pea Salad without Bacon

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Enjoy this healthy and flavorful pea salad without bacon as a side fit for any entree. Enjoy this summer with a bbq or share at a potluck!


  • 12 oz frozen peas, thawed and rinsed
  • ⅓ cup mayonnaise
  • ⅓ cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup red onion, chopped
  • ¾ cup cheddar cheese, cubed
  • Salt & pepper to taste


    In a small bowl mix the mayonnaise, sour cream, and apple cider vinegar - set aside

    In a large bowl combine the peas, onion, and cheese

    Mix in the mayo mixture until well combined

    Season with salt & pepper to taste

    Chill, serve, and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 334Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 43mgSodium: 418mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 4gSugar: 5gProtein: 11g

I am not a medical expert. These calculations are provided as a courtesy.

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