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Lightened Up Spring Pea Salad

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Perfect for a picnic, or Easter or any time. This pea salad is made with yogurt instead of mayo which makes it lighter and fresher than the classic but no less flavorful.

close up of a serving bowl of lightened up pea salad with cheese and ham

     This super simple side dish is a lightened up version of the classic pea salad. It is savory and delicious.

It also makes a great lunch or light dinner if you want to make a meal out of it. Make some for a picnic, a potluck or Easter and it is sure to be gobbled right up!

    I wanted to bring a light and fresh side dish to K.C.’s crab feast.  I kept changing my mind about what I was going to make.

    I needed something I could make in advance.  Something I could make before work and not require much before we headed across the street to K.C.’s house.

    We are so lucky to have my brothers live so close!  So, I decided to make a pea salad.  Jamie from Love Bakes Good Cakes posted a recipe on Facebook recently that got the idea in my head.

    Hers looked great, but I wanted something a bit lighter, so this is what I came up with.  It was pretty darn good if I do say so myself.

bowl of lighter creamy pea salad with cubes of ham and cheese

     Sometimes simple sides like this really are the way to go.  With spring upon us again, I couldn’t wait to make another batch of this spring pea salad.

    Oddly enough, I made it for another dinner where K.C. was cooking the meat. He smoked a ton of delicious baby back ribs and I thought a simple and fresh side like this would be a perfect accompaniment.

    I only made one batch because I knew he was going to make a ton of ribs and he was doing a smoked macaroni and cheese too.  In hindsight I should have made two as the pea salad disappeared rather quickly.

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This pea salad is a perfect side dish with anything on the grill.  Just think of how good it would be with K.C.’s turkey bacon explosion. Though you don’t have to fire up the grill to enjoy a serving, I could also eat it by itself for lunch!  

Yield: 6 Servings

Lightened Up Spring Pea Salad

serving bowl filled with creamy pea salad with chunks of ham and cheese in it.

Perfect for a picnic, or Easter or any time. This pea salad is made with yogurt instead of mayo which makes it lighter and fresher than the classic but no less flavorful.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound peas (fresh would be great, but these were defrosted frozen peas)
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 green onions
  • 2 slices ham
  • 2 oz cheese, cubed (I used half mozzarella and half colby jack)
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Make sure peas are fully defrosted and drain any liquid.
  2. Slice your green onions and dice your ham into relatively small pieces
  3. Mix all the ingredients together
  4. Adjust your salt and pepper to your liking and refrigerate until ready to serve
  5. That’s it! So easy and so good!

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 109Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 286mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 4gSugar: 6gProtein: 10g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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This super simple side dish is a lightened up version of the classic pea salad. It is savory and delicious. It also makes a great lunch or light dinner if you want to make a meal out of it!

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Alexandra Cook

Sunday 24th of March 2019

I love anything with peas! This sounds so good. Hope you've had a lovely weekend! :) Alex @ It's Not Complicated Recipes

Jan

Sunday 13th of May 2018

My brother loves pea salad! I do not have fond memories of it from childhood! lol, but this would be fun to make for him at our summer reunion! THanks for sharing at our Spring Salad Link up for Celebrate 365

Carlee

Sunday 20th of May 2018

Oh no! I love it and it would be perfect reunion food!

Joanne

Friday 30th of March 2018

I have never heard of a pea salad either but my husband LOVES peas. I bet he'd love this. Thanks for sharing. We'll have to try it soon. Pinned.

Carlee

Wednesday 4th of April 2018

You should definitely try it! I hope you love it!

Carol @Comfort Spring Station

Thursday 22nd of March 2018

Great spring salad - pinned and shared. Thanks for linking up at Welcome Spring Link Party.

Carlee

Sunday 25th of March 2018

Thank you!

Virginia Moore

Monday 27th of March 2017

Pea Salad is an old family favorite and thanks for reminding me to make it again soon. My old recipe is slightly different in that it does use mayo and instead of chopped ham, it uses chopped hard-boiled eggs. They add some protein, make it pretty and tasty, too.

Carlee

Monday 27th of March 2017

We love hard boiled eggs. I need to try it that way too!

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