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Pea Salad with Bacon

This pea salad with bacon recipe has the most delicious chipotle dressing that's a fun twist on this southern American classic! 
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword creamy bacon and pea salad, creamy pea salad recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8

Ingredients

  • 6 strips bacon cut into small pieces
  • 2 pounds frozen peas thawed
  • 1/2 small red onion chopped
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Dressing:

  • 3/4 cup mayo
  • 1/2 tablespoon adobo sauce or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Instructions

  • Add your peas to a colander and rinse them under cool water. Let them drain thoroughly. 
  • Meanwhile, fry the bacon. I cut it up using kitchen shears to make this process easy. Once it's done, drain the fat.
  • Make the dressing by combining the dressing ingredients in a bowl and mixing until it's smooth. I suggest playing with the ingredients to get the exact flavor combo you want (e.g. more adobo sauce or lemon juice etc.). 
  • Add all ingredients to a large salad bowl and toss with the dressing. Season with salt & pepper as needed. I recommend chilling for an hour or so before serving to let the flavors meld a bit. 

Notes

  • The adobo sauce is from canned chipotle chili peppers in adobo sauce.
  • This dressing isn't too spicy as written, but feel free to add more adobo sauce to kick up the heat.
  • I used thick-cut bacon. You may want to go up to 8 strips if you're using regular bacon.