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Crunchy Pea Salad

This crunchy pea salad is bursting with flavors of Spring and fresh ingredients, that are tossed in a delicious dressing everyone will love. This is quick and easy to make, and you can make it ahead and keep it in the refrigerator ready to serve whenever you need it. This is sure to be a favorite. 
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword pea salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 466kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 16 ounce bag of frozen peas
  • 1 6 - 8 ounce package of fresh pea pods optional
  • 1 small can of sliced water chestnuts - drained
  • 4 stalks of celery - washed and sliced
  • 1 small sweet onion - peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup of crumbled bacon - 8 slices
  • 1 15 - 16 ounce package of crunchy tortilla strips usually found with the salad toppings

FOR THE DRESSING:

  • 2 cups of Miracle whip
  • 1/4 cup of rice wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup of low-fat sour cream
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 1/4 cup of honey Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon of minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon of seasoned pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon of salt

Instructions

  • In a large serving bowl, combine the frozen peas, fresh pea pods, water chestnuts, celery, onion, cheese, and bacon. Stir all together, and set aside. 
  • In a blender, combine the Miracle Whip, rice wine vinegar, sour cream, sugar, honey Dijon mustard, garlic, seasoned pepper, and salt, and blend until well mixed. 
  • Pour the dressing over the salad, and toss with two large spoons to coat all salad ingredients. 
  • If serving immediately, add tortilla strips to salad. If making ahead; cover bowl, and place in refrigerator until time to serve. Remove from refrigerator when ready to serve, and give the salad a good stir to make sure dressing is well blended. Add tortilla strips to salad just before serving. 

Notes

OPTIONAL: You can also add chopped red bell pepper, shredded carrots, cashews, peanuts, or chopped bok choy to the salad, or other favorite ingredients if desired.

Nutrition

Calories: 466kcal | Carbohydrates: 67g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 1125mg | Potassium: 372mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 1196IU | Vitamin C: 58mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 2mg