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Simple Pea Salad Recipe

In this post I’ll be sharing a Simple Pea Salad Recipe.

English Peas are the star ingredient in this classic favorite side dish. This make ahead refrigerator salad is made with a few pantry staple ingredients. Pea salad is a simple dish and this is how mama made it growing up. I’ve heard from any readers that this is how they grew up eating it too.

These days there are versions with a lot more ingredients like bacon and cheese. You can choose how fussy you’d like your recipe to be but I prefer it simple.


  • 15 oz. can of  Le Sueur Young/Small Sweet Peas (drained)
  • 1 Onion, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons Mayonnaise, I use Dukes
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Drain the peas well then transfer them into a small bowl and mix together with the rest of the ingredients. Cover and chill until ready to serve. There are variations to this recipe out there, but this is the simple recipe I always use.

Easy Make Ahead Side Dish


This chilled side dish is great when the weather gets hot. Because it has been refrigerated it just seems so refreshing on a hot day.


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Let’s make this Simple Pea Salad Recipe!

Yield: 1 Side Dish

Simple Pea Salad

Old School Pea Salad

Simple and delicious tender sweet pea salad is made with minimal ingredients then chilled until ready to serve

Prep Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes


  • 15 oz. can of  Le Sueur Young/Small Sweet Peas (drained)
  • 1 Onion, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons Mayonnaise, I use Dukes
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  1. Drain the peas well then pour them into a small bowl.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and mix together.
  3. Cover and chill, at least one house, until ready to serve. 

Nutrition Information:



Amount Per Serving: Calories: 98Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 81mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 4gSugar: 5gProtein: 4g
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Tuesday 12th of April 2022

This is the way I remember it. There was no cheese, but I seem to recall my mom adding a little vinegar with the mayo.

Julia Jordan

Wednesday 13th of April 2022

Thanks for sharing your memory of this recipe. I just love a simple pea salad. Especially during the warmer months of the year. ~Julia


Saturday 26th of August 2017

I put tuna and cooked elbow noodles and green peppers in mine...


Thursday 13th of July 2017

I added a chopped boiled egg . great with and without egg...


Sunday 29th of May 2016

try adding a chopped tomato.... nothing like mayo and tomato. I have even added chopped, crisp bacon! YUM!


Thursday 24th of March 2016

This is the way my Mama made it and I do too. But without the onion. I love it. I have been eating it for over 80 years, I STILL love it.

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Tuesday 3rd of May 2016

It's my favorite way!

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