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Homemade Pea Salad Recipe Just Like Mom Makes It

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This classic pea salad recipe is perfect with ham and great at potlucks.  Made with just a few ingredients: peas ham, cheese, onion and Mayo; this easy pea salad is always a hit.

Peas Salad Recipe

Homemade Pea Salad- Just Like Mom Makes

This pea salad recipe is a recipe that my mom has always made at every holiday get together.  It’s definitely a family favorite and I have been asking for the recipe for years.  

She always tells me she doesn’t have a recipe she just makes it by taste.

On our way home from this past thanksgiving meal, I asked my hubby what his favorite dish served at the thanksgiving meal (excluding desserts) and he said, (to my surprise – I thought he would go for something “meatier”) “Your mom’s pea salad. It’s one of the best ones I’ve had.”

So this year at Christmas my mom and I got together and made the pea salad. I wrote down the exact amount needed for each ingredient. (Or at least the amounts according to our tastes, lol) and now I have the recipe to share!

Pea Salad recipe, made with peas ham, cheese, onion and Mayo

Ingredients in Pea Salad?

  • Sweet peas
  • Boiled Eggs
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Dill relish
  • Mayo
  • salt and pepper to taste

Some people add in some onion, bacon, or other options, but that is entirely up to you.

How to Make Pea Salad

The one and basic direction? Chop everything up, mix it all together in a bowl. Seriously, that’s it!

HOWEVER, I do have one very, very, very important tip.

Whatever you do, make certain that you don’t skimp on the peas that you buy. You want peas that are good and ones that retain their shape and keep their outer layer on. Don’t get the mushy peas! Don’t!!!

Before diving right into the Pea Salad recipe, let’s clear up a few common questions that people always ask.

How Long Does Pea Salad Last in the Fridge?

If you keep it in a sealed container, I would say that it’s good to eat within the next 4 days

Mom's Pea salad recipe

Can You Make this Classic Pea Salad Ahead of Time?

Sure! If you can plan ahead and get it done, go for it! There’s nothing wrong with letting those flavors marinate together a bit before eating. But only make it one day ahead at the most.

What Entrees Pair Best with Pea Salad?

This is up to your taste buds of course, but in our house, we love it with ham, turkey, or roast chicken. The recipe is really versatile so it pairs nicely with almost any type of meat dish.

Can I Use Frozen Peas?

Of course! Just make sure they are thawed and drained before using. Frozen peas even have a prettier bright green color, so you might opt for that. We have always used canned peas, so I stuck with that. IMO frozen peas have a slightly different flavor than canned, – not bad, just different.

Easy Pea salad recipe

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Easy Pea Salad Recipe, Just like Mom used to make it

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Classic Pea Salad Recipe

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  • Author: Jamie Sanders
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Sides


This creamy pea salad is a classic side dish. Perfect with ham and great at potlucks.  Made with just a few ingredients: peas ham, cheese, onion and Mayo; it’s always a hit.


  • 2 cans sweet peas
  • 4 eggs, diced
  • 7 oz cheddar cheese, cubed into small pieces
  • 4 tbs dill relish
  • 6 tbsp mayo
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • optional: 1/3 cup finely diced onion (I leave it out as not everyone likes the onion)


  1. Drian cans of peas VERY well and add to large bowl.
  2. Spoon relish into the bowl, squeezing out as much of the juice as you can.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredient and mix till everything is thoroughly coated with the Mayo
  4. Refrigerate covered until ready to serve.

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  1. Vinita Lanning says:

    What brand of canned peas do you think are the best?? I think LeSueur very young sweet peas are more firm than most and I usually use them…

    1. Jamie Sanders says:

      I find myself reaching for del Monte quite often.

  2. Diannia C says:

    Is Dill Relish, Dill pickle relish?

  3. Exactly how my mom makes it. Love it!

  4. Patsy Nolley says:

    I have made this salad for my family for over 50 years of cooking. My mom taught this to me when I got married and it is really enjoyed by everyone.

  5. Vickie Perrine says:

    Do you think this would be ok with frozen peas, cooked of course?

    1. I’ve never actually made it with frozen peas, I have always used canned peas. I’m sure it will be fine, As long as they are completely defrost it.

  6. This is the exact pea salad that my mother made and that I make to this day. Love it!