Fresh English Pea Salad: Perfect Summer Side Dish

Hello there, foodies! I am thrilled to present to you my newest creation: The English Pea Salad with Apples Recipe. As a chef specializing in British cuisine, I cannot stress enough how much I love this salad. It is a perfect way to showcase the flavors of the English peas and apples that we have come to love.

This pea salad is easy to make and requires no culinary expertise. It’s a simple combination of salad ingredients that will satisfy your taste buds and keep your friends and family coming back for more.

The key ingredient is the English peas, which are typically sweeter and more tender compared to other peas. When combined with the creamy mayo dressing, they create an explosion of flavors in every bite. And with the addition of sweet onions, red apples, celery, and hard-boiled eggs, this English pea salad is some next-level stuff.

Whether you’re hosting a summer barbecue or preparing a picnic lunch for your loved ones, this pea salad recipe is perfect for all occasions. So what are you waiting for? Grab a mixing bowl and let’s get started on making this delicious salad together!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

English Pea Salad With Apples
English Pea Salad With Apples

As a chef specializing in British cuisine, I can confidently say that this English Pea Salad with Apples Recipe is a must-try for all salad lovers out there. The combination of the crisp sweetness of the apples and the nutty flavor of the English peas makes for a delightful salad experience.

But that’s not all! This recipe is so versatile that you can mix and match ingredients depending on your taste preferences. Don’t like sour cream? Swap it out for plain yogurt! Not a fan of red onions? Use sweet onions instead! You can even add more flavors by incorporating slices of bacon or shredded cheddar cheese to make it more savory.

Another thing that sets this recipe apart from others is its unique dressing made with apple cider vinegar and mayonnaise. This mixture blends perfectly with the freshness of the English peas and the crunchiness of the celery, making every bite an explosion of flavors in your mouth.

One more reason why you’ll love this recipe is because it’s incredibly easy to make. Just mix all the ingredients in a bowl and you’re ready to go! And if you’re looking to save time, you can even make this salad ahead of time and store it in the fridge until you’re ready to serve.

Overall, this salad is perfect for any occasion – from dinner parties to potlucks, or even just as a simple yet satisfying lunch. So try it out today and taste for yourself why people love this English Pea Salad with Apples Recipe!

Ingredient List

 A vibrant and fresh take on a classic dish
A vibrant and fresh take on a classic dish

Get ready to snap and shell some English peas as we indulge in creating the perfect English Pea Salad with Apples. You will need the following ingredients:

  • 2 cups frozen green peas, thawed and drained
  • 1 red apple, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup sweet onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup celery, chopped
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs, chopped

For the mayo dressing:

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp plain yogurt
  • 1 tbsp sour cream
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar

Pro tip: For a Southern twist on this classic English salad, you can use mama English peas or try mixing fresh and frozen peas for added flavor. You can also substitute cheddar cheese with your favorite cheese or even add some red onion or radish for a bit of crunch.

The Recipe How-To

 Perfect balance of sweet and savory flavors
Perfect balance of sweet and savory flavors

Once you’ve gathered all the salad ingredients, it’s time to make this refreshing and crunchy pea salad recipe.

Step 1: Cook the Bacon

The first step is to cook 4 slices of bacon until they are crispy. Once done, place them on a paper towel-lined plate to drain the excess fat. When cooled, crumble the bacon up into bits.

Step 2: Prepare the Peas

In a mixing bowl, combine 2 cups of frozen green peas (thawed and drained), 1 thinly sliced red onion, 2 finely chopped celery stalks, and 1 diced red apple.

Step 3: Make the Creamy Dressing

In another mixing bowl, whisk together ⅓ cup of mayonnaise, ⅓ cup of plain yogurt, ¼ cup of sour cream, and 2 teaspoons each of apple cider and cider vinegar.

Step 4: Combine All Ingredients Together

Pour the creamy dressing over the salad ingredients and stir together until everything is evenly coated. Add in the crumbled bacon bits and 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese.

Step 5: Finish with Hard-boiled Eggs

Garnish the top with chopped hard-boiled eggs and some extra pieces of sliced apple for a pop of color.

And that’s it! You’ve made an easy English pea salad with apples that is perfect for summer picnics or as a side dish at any meal.

Substitutions and Variations

 A colorful addition to any meal
A colorful addition to any meal

In case you don’t have access to some of the necessary ingredients, there are still other items you can substitute or add to make the pea salad recipe taste just as good.

For example, if you prefer a tangier flavor, you can use Greek yogurt instead of plain yogurt or sour cream in the dressing. Moreover, if you’re not a fan of mayonnaise, you can try using a mixture of olive oil and apple cider vinegar instead.

Another variation is to use different types of cheese for the salad. Aside from cheddar cheese, feta cheese is also an excellent alternative that works well with green peas. You can also sprinkle some crumbled blue cheese on top of your salad for an extra kick.

For those who enjoy a little sweetness in their salad, adding some raisins or dried cranberries can complement the saltiness of the bacon and cheese. Plus, slices of fresh fruit such as pears and grapes make for an excellent addition to the dish.

If you like a bit more crunch in your meal, feel free to add toasted almonds, pecans, or even pumpkin seeds. Celery and radish salads are also great substitutions for cabbage salad as they provide a refreshing and flavorful crunch.

Lastly, if you’re more into sweet peas than green peas, using canned or frozen sweet peas is also deliciously tasty. Hard-boiled eggs and bacon bits are perfect complements to any variety of pea salads.

Mixing and matching different ingredients will undoubtedly offer new flavors and textures to this easy English pea salad recipe that will keep guests coming back for more!

Serving and Pairing

 The apples bring a crispiness to the dish that complements the peas perfectly
The apples bring a crispiness to the dish that complements the peas perfectly


The English Pea Salad with Apples recipe is a delightful dish that is sure to delight your palate. This salad can be served as a side dish to your main course or as a standalone meal. The combination of sweet, crunchy apples, tangy sweet onions, and tender peas will leave your taste buds wanting more.

This dish pairs well with a variety of meats such as roasted chicken, grilled lamb chops, or baked salmon. You can also pair it with vegetarian dishes like tofu or tempeh. The flavors add considerable depth to the already pleasing textures.

To give this salad a little bit more of flavor, you can try adding some diced celery or radish salad. Additionally, for those who enjoy an extra crunch, adding crispy crumbled bacon or sliced almonds will do the trick!

When serving this recipe, keep in mind that it’s best to serve it chilled during hot summer days. But you can also serve the warm pea salad if it’s winter. Letting the salad flavors meld for a while in the refrigerator allows the sweetness in the dressing to permeate throughout the entire salad thus enhancing its flavors.

This salad has such versatile ingredients that any topping or dressing will always be an excellent choice. I recommend drizzling some apple cider vinegar-based dressing or enjoying it plain —the choice is yours.

Overall, serving and pairing the English Pea Salad with Apples is nothing but effortless and flexible when we talk about matching this classic British gem with other choices on your dinner table!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Ideal for a summer picnic or barbecue
Ideal for a summer picnic or barbecue

My sweet darlings, there may come times when you want to prepare the English Pea Salad with Apples a little ahead of schedule so that the flavors blend together nicely. It may also happen that you have leftovers from Mama’s English Pea Salad after a big family gathering or a dinner party- don’t fret my dear, I have just the right tips for you!

To make this delightful pea salad in advance, combine all of your salad ingredients and prepare the mayo dressing separately. Store both items in separate airtight containers in the fridge for up to two days. When you’re ready to add the dressing, or if you’ve already added it, simply give it a quick stir before serving.

If by chance you have some leftover salad, place it in an airtight container or wrap tightly with plastic wrap and store it in the refrigerator for up to three days. It’s best to avoid freezing your English Pea Salad with Apples as it may become watery and lose its original freshness.

When reheating any leftover salad, including Mama’s English Pea Salad, there are a couple of things to remember. First off, do not reheat the salad. Instead, allow it to come to room temperature on its own before serving. Warm peas may release their juice and change the texture of your salad. Second, be sure to give it a good stir to redistribute the ingredients before eating.

With these simple tips and tricks, my precious darlings, you will be able to enjoy Mama’s English Pea Salad with Apples any time of day without losing any of its deliciousness.

Tips for Perfect Results

 The perfect side dish for a grilled meat or fish
The perfect side dish for a grilled meat or fish

As a British cuisine chef, making the perfect English Pea Salad recipe is all about balance and freshness. Here are some tips to get the most delicious salad you have ever tasted:

1. Shelled Fresh Peas

Using fresh English peas makes a significant difference in the taste and texture of this dish. If you can find fresh peas, then shell them yourself for optimal flavor. Otherwise, fresh frozen peas are also an excellent option.

2. Thaw Frozen Peas Before Adding Them

If you want to use frozen peas in your pea salad recipe, make sure to thaw them first and drain any excess water before adding them to your mixing bowl. This will keep the dish from turning watery or losing its crunchy texture.

3. Add Bacon For Extra Flair

Using crispy bacon bits is a classic way to add saltiness and smokiness to the salad. Always make sure the bacon is cooked thoroughly and crispy enough to add extra texture to your salad.

4. Use Sweet Red Apples and Sweet Onions

The sweetness of red apples and white onions complements the flavors of the English peas perfectly while adding refreshing crunchiness to every bite.

5. Be Careful Not To Overdress The Salad

It’s essential not to overdress your pea salad with mayonnaise-yogurt dressing as it could turn out too heavy or creamy. Try adding just a little bit of dressing at first, then mixing it well throughout the rest of the ingredients and testing it until it has just the right amount of creaminess.

6. Chill Before Serving

Refrigerating your English Pea Salad for at least an hour before serving will allow all of the flavors to meld perfectly together, giving you the most flavorful plate possible.

By following these tips, you can easily make your own perfect English Pea Salad whether you’re serving it as a side or as a main dish!

Bottom Line

If you want to add some zing to your lunch or dinner, try making this easy English Pea Salad with Apples. With fresh and frozen green peas, crisp red apples, and creamy cheddar cheese, this salad is a delicious and nutritious option that will make your taste buds sing.

As a chef specializing in British cuisine, I have found that this recipe is an excellent way to incorporate the flavors of traditional English peas into a modern dish. The addition of sweet onions and celery, coupled with the creamy dressing made from plain yogurt, mayonnaise, and apple cider vinegar, gives the salad a perfect balance of tangy and savory flavors.

On top of its delicious taste, this salad is incredibly simple to make. With just a few common ingredients found in most kitchens, you can have a fresh and tasty salad ready in no time. Plus, with many options for substitutions and variations, you can customize the recipe to fit your preferences.

To sum it up, this English Pea Salad with Apples recipe is an easy and delicious way to brighten up your meals. Try it out today and see for yourself why it’s one of my go-to salads!

English Pea Salad With Apples

English Pea Salad With Apples Recipe

My daughter love peas(cold). I like apples. This was the perfect compromise.
Cuisine American
Keyword < 30 Mins, Apple, Easy, Fruit, Low Cholesterol, Vegetable
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Calories 220.9kcal


  • 2 cups frozen green peas, lightly cooked & drained
  • 1/2 cup celery, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup red apple (unpeeled & chopped)
  • 2 teaspoons sweet onions, minced
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons plain yogurt (or sour cream)
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese (grated or shredded)


  • Combine Peas, Celery, Apple & Onion in a medium bowl; then set aside.
  • Combine Mayonnaise, Yogurt & Cheese.
  • Pour over pea mixture & toss gently.
  • Cover and chill.


Serving: 189g | Calories: 220.9kcal | Carbohydrates: 24.3g | Protein: 11.2g | Fat: 9.3g | Saturated Fat: 3.9g | Cholesterol: 19.2mg | Sodium: 326.4mg | Fiber: 6.6g | Sugar: 9.9g

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