August 13, 2011

Pea Salad - I didn't think I'd like it either!

Peas, celery, hard-cooked egg, shredded cheddar, and pimentos combine to make Pea Salad???  I didn't think I'd like it either! {but it's really  good}

Pea Salad

I remember well when my Mom told me about this recipe.  We were on the phone discussing recipes for the family cookbook I was pulling together as a gift for our family members.  My immediate thoughts: 

"That.  Sounds. Disgusting.  Peas, hard-boiled egg, pimento, cheddar cheese, and a mayo-based dressing?  All together??  Who thinks of this stuff?  I mean, seriously, were they cleaning out the refrigerator or something???  And she wants to include this recipe in the family cookbook?  I don't even like peas!"

Making Pea Salad

But, it's one of my Dad's favorites.  So (reluctantly on my part), into the family cookbook it went.

That didn't mean I had to try it, though!  Well, not until I set the personal goal of {eventually} cooking every recipe in our family cookbook ... ya know, kind of like Julie cooks through every recipe in Julia Child's cookbook in the movie Julie and Julia.  Here's our family cookbook ... I'm slowly-but-surely cooking my way through it:

(Sidenote:  I worked with The Great Family Cookbook Project to publish it.  If you're ever considering creating a family cookbook of your own, I highly recommend them... they were wonderful to work with.)

To make sure I actually tried the pea salad, or to at least give it a good shot at being tried, I put it on my "50 Recipes for 2011" Project list.  Then, alas, the day came when I decided to make it.  Having faith in my Mom's culinary taste, I took the plunge when I was having some friends over. 

Pea Salad

Generally, my friends know that when they come to my house, they're going to get some truly-Tracey-tried-and-true food ... along with an experiment!

Pea Salad

I never fill a guest menu with experimental dishes, but I pretty much always take the opportunity of having the opinions of my friends handy to try out at least one new-to-me dish.  And I typically make the experimental dish be a side, or a dessert when I'm offering a selection of desserts.  Worst case - when I give it a taste test, I can just choose not to serve the dish if it disappoints!

Well, guess what.  I loved the pea salad.  I know, I know ... I should have never doubted my Mother.  At 40'ish years old, you'd think I would have learned that by now.

Pea Salad
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Pea Salad
Source:  My Mom
(Printable recipe)
1 (20 oz.) package frozen peas (I used a 24 oz. package ~ I couldn't find a 20 oz.)
1 c. chopped celery
1/4 c. chopped green onions (I just put in the whole bunch of green onions, chopped)
2 hard-cooked eggs, chopped
1 c. shredded cheddar cheese
1 (2 oz.) jar pimentos, drained
1/2 c. mayonnaise
3 T. sweet pickle relish
1 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. ground mustard
1 tsp. seasoned salt (I used regular salt)

1.  Thaw peas by running them under cool water.

2.  Combine peas, celery, eggs, green onions, cheddar, and pimientos in a large bowl.  In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, relish, and seasonings; stir into pea mixture.

3.  Cover and refrigerate until serving.


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  1. I'm trusting you, I printed this to try, very colorful! Nice cookbook and love the cookbook holder.

  2. I have to say, I'm with you, a pea salad is hard to imagine, yet it looks good. I wonder how it might taste with others cheeses also :)

  3. I've make a similar salad and I always have to convince people to trust me and just try it. They always like it once they do! It really is a great combination of flavors. Plus, shouldn't you always trust your mom? :)

  4. I'm going to give this a try for a bbq I'm going to... I hope it goes over well! :D

  5. I am trusting your word and will try this…

    Stop by and link up at What’s Cooking Wednesday!

  6. You know the first time I had a pea salad I was NOT looking forward to it, either. I was at a family function with my boyfriends' family, though, so I was forced. It was actually pretty good! I'm not a huge pea fan, but if I have to eat them I'd rather eat them in a salad like this. I think we had crumpled bacon in ours, you should try it!

  7. I put grated carrots in mine instead of pimento. I also put in crumbled bacon when I'm in the mood!

  8. My family has always served a similar pea salad at Thanksgiving and Christmas. And now it's a favorite at my in-law's holidays too. In fact, I don't think they'd allow me in the door if I forgot to bring it.

  9. I wonder how it would taste with Greek yogurt instead of the mayonnaise. I often use the yogurt as a substitute for mayo and sour cream.

    1. I would certainly think that would work. It'll probably give just a bit different 'tang' to it ... you know what I mean? ... but if you're used to substituting Greek yogurt for mayonnaise, then I would think your taste buds are already accustomed to that flavor difference. I say give it a try!

  10. I always add a little frozen peas to my potato salad. Yummy....

  11. My Mother who passed away at 97 always made what she called english pea salad.. It always had cooked carrot coins in it along with eggs onion and cheese .One of my favorites

  12. We add red apples with the peels still on, cut up into bite sized pieces. My Mother-In-Law brought it to our home and I didn't want to try it, but did. It is now one of my favorite salads ;)

  13. I forgot to mention that dill pickle relish or cut up pickles are also a part of her pea salad.

  14. I make a.similar pea salad it uses green giant canned.peas ( only) diced boiled eggs a dash of salt,pepper,granulated garlic an mayo to bring it all together how much depends.on how many people your making it for and your taste

  15. Just like my Mother used to make it although she used Miracle Whip but no added sugar since Miracle Whip has enough sweetness.

  16. I love that you have a family cookbook, and that it includes this! It looks great! PINNED because I need to try this, maybe then my kids will eat their peas! :-)
    Cathy@ three kids and a fish

  17. I'm a bit wary of the pimento, but otherwise, I've had many a salad bar dinners that looked similar to this. Yumm!

  18. I just love a Pea Salad and your recipe looks delicious! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing your post with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  19. I have never even heard of pea salad, but now I can't wait to try it! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!

  20. Looks so delicious! Thanks for the recipe. Love also your other salad recipes. You're really a salad master :-)

  21. This dish was always on my grandmother's table. I never tried it when I was younger but it's looking every yummy right now! Thanks so much for the memories and for inspiring me to try something new! Pinning!

  22. Always trust your Momma :)

  23. LOL, I use to think the same thing about Pea Salads! But once I tried them I loved them! I've never put pickle relish in a pea salad though so I'm going to try your version. It looks delicious! I've used small cubes of cheddar cheese and I some times add shredded or chopped imitation crab meat...delicious also!


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