Bacon Ranch Pea Salad Recipe -
Bacon Ranch Pea Salad Recipe
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Bacon Ranch Pea Salad

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"This easy salad came about in an attempt to satisfy my son who loves peas and my husband who doesn't. It has become a huge hit. You may want to double the recipe if you want any leftovers!"

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    50 mins


  1. Place bacon in a skillet over medium-high heat, and cook until evenly brown. Drain, crumble, and set aside.
  2. Bring the water to a boil in a pot. Boil the peas 1 minute, until just tender, and drain. Cool peas under cold running water.
  3. In a bowl, toss together bacon, peas, onion, Ranch dressing, and Cheddar cheese. Refrigerate 30 minutes or until chilled before serving.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Aug 07, 2006

Great Recipe...I had tasted a great pea salad at a pot luck get together and was looking for a good recipe that seemed close. This was even better. I used a little less bacon (5 slices for a double recipe) because I had thick sliced bacon. Also, I added chopped hard boiled eggs, because that other pea salad had them in it. Wonderful. Using frozen or fresh peas is a key in, as canned peas (much like green beans) don't even taste the same in my opinion, and the mushy texture and bland color are a turn off. To the poster that said it got watery the next day, that's normal... just stir it with a spoon for gosh sakes, or tilt it and drain off the water.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Sep 20, 2005

This was a nice change for a side dish. I didn't like it as much as I thought I would. I think I would have liked it better w/ canned peas, which I may try next time. I did use real bacon bits to save time.

May 02, 2006

I have a son who hates vegetables, so I am always on the lookout for new ways to try them. (I had to leave out the onions because he will not eat ANYTHING with onions.) This was a huge hit and is now a staple in our menu plans. I used a couple of shortcuts--I don't boil the peas. Just put them in a colander and run hot water over them until they thaw. I also use a package of real bacon bits instead of cooking the bacon. I have used both regular frozen peas and the Green Giant Select baby sweet peas--the baby peas are sweeter and make it even better! This also better if you refrigerate it overnight.

Jun 08, 2005

Try adding a touch of garlic powder to this (to taste). This salad is excellent. You can also put in a sweet red onion for a sweeter taste. Thanks for sharing...A keeper!

Jan 03, 2006

This is a great summer side dish(however I make it throughout the year). My grandmother made this for me as a child. She used ham and cheddar cheese cubes. Using bacon and shredded cheese is a nice change. I also tried it using turkey bacon and low-fat ranch...still delicious. Thanks for a great recipe.

Aug 11, 2005

This was wonderful, really easy and liked by all. It gets better with time. I put it on a bed of lettuce. I used mayo mixed with salt, pepper, a dash of vinegar and sugar and fresh chives.

Aug 03, 2004

This pea salad is delicious! Not a big fan of ranch dressing, but it all worked so well together. My whole family loved it!

May 10, 2005

Yummy!!! We loved it! I used green onions, not quite a whole bag of peas and a little less's a keeper!


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  • Calories
  • 359 kcal
  • 18%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 18.3 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol
  • 36 mg
  • 12%
  • Fat
  • 25.6 g
  • 39%
  • Fiber
  • 5 g
  • 20%
  • Protein
  • 14.1 g
  • 28%
  • Sodium
  • 741 mg
  • 30%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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