Filled with crunchy peas, mozzarella cheese, red onion, and crumbled bacon, this Creamy Pea Salad will take your salad experience to a whole new level!
**May 2017 Update!** This recipe was originally posted in September 2014. I decided that the photos desperately needed updating, so I reshot the recipe (but still kept the ingredient list and directions the same). I also kept the original post/story below that I wrote three falls ago!**
It’s a well-known fact around my house that I always prep my weekly lunches on Sundays. If I’m making a salad, pasta, or something more involved than a sandwich, I carefully plan out what ingredients are required and then happily cook away.
And it’s also no secret that I love salads. For lunch, dinner, or somewhere in between, salads are almost a weekly dish for me. And since the hubster doesn’t eat anything more than a regular green salad, I’m left to create whatever my little hearts desires for my lunches.
Because I eat salads quite often, I like to become creative with my recipes. I rarely eat the same thing twice and love to switch up those salads. With so many different ways to jazz up a boring salad, why stick to just the green leaf kind? While I do like those, I love to experiment with new options for my lunches.
So drumroll please…my latest (and possibly greatest) new creation is this Creamy Pea Salad! Filled with crunchy peas, mozarella cheese, red onion, and crumbled bacon, this dish will take your salad experience to a whole new level!
Now let’s talk about the dressing for this Creamy Pea Salad. Not only is it healthy, but it’s also creamy (hence the title), light, and delicious! It serves as a great base for this salad, or any other salad that might involve a similar base. Instead of using sour cream, I used a combination of plain, nonfat Greek yogurt (practically a staple in all of my baking) and mayonnaise. But if you aren’t a mayo fan, feel free to use just yogurt, or a mixture of that and sour cream.
If you love peas, then you will go crazy over this Creamy Pea Salad! Trust me, friends! One bite and I knew this salad would be on my monthly lunch rotations. The bacon and mozzarella cheese compliments the yogurt dressing, while giving the peas a bit of a smokey flavor.
It literally comes together in minutes (you don’t even have to defrost the peas!), and is easily adaptable based on your tastes. And because this salad is on the healthy side, you can feel good about eating this for lunch or dinner!
Looking for more easy salad recipes? I’ve got you covered!
- Caprese Pasta Salad
- Strawberry Poppy Seed Chicken Salad
- Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad
- Easy Italian Pasta Salad
Creamy Pea Salad
- 1 (16 ounce) bag frozen peas
- ½ red onion diced
- ½ cup mozzarella cheese cubed
- 3 tablespoons crumbled bacon pieces I used the store-bought bacon pieces for ease
- 3 tablespoons nonfat plain Greek yogurt
- 4 tablespoons mayonnaise
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Pour frozen peas into a strainer and rinse with warm water. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine Greek yogurt, mayonnaise, and garlic powder. Stir to combine.
- Add in red onion, cheese, and bacon pieces. Mix well. Add frozen peas to dressing, season with salt and pepper. Stir to thoroughly combine.
- Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.