Friday, May 14, 2010

Crunchy Pea Salad

I found the recipe for this salad many years ago online and have loved it ever since. I suppose you really need to like peas to enjoy this salad, so if you do, I hope you'll give this one a try. It is one of my favorite salads to serve in the spring/summer time.

The salad is made quickly, and is beautiful to look at. It is also easily taken along for picnics and potlucks and is still tasty after a couple of days in the refrigerator. Radishes, water chestnuts, and fresh sweet red pepper add great crunch and contrast to the bright green peas. The dressing is whisked together quickly and tastes fresh and light despite the mayonnaise. However, if you are watching your diet, feel free to use low fat mayonnaise in the dressing without compromising taste. 

Crunchy Pea Salad
~makes 6-8 servings~

1 package (16 ounces) frozen peas, thawed
1 can (8 ounces) sliced water chestnuts, drained and chopped
1/2 cup radishes, diced
1 medium sweet red pepper, diced
1/2 cup red onion, diced
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
2 teaspoons poppy seeds
2 teaspoons lemon juice
Salt and Pepper to taste

In a large bowl combine the peas, water chestnuts, radishes, red pepper and onion.

In a small bowl combine the remaining ingredients. Pour over vegetables and toss gently to coat. Cover and refrigerate until serving.


  1. Looks nice & colorful. Are you trying to convert me to peas just like I converted you to ginger? ;-)

  2. I have mad pea salad but I never thought of radishes. Seeing your salad, I wonder why I didn't think of it.

  3. Grapefruit - you mean I haven't converted you yet? LOL

    Sweet and Savory - I love the crunch and the little bit of sharpness that the radish has, it works incredibly well with the sweet peas!

  4. This looks like an incredible salad. I really love the "crunch" you've added to the salad. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

  5. My husband loathes water chestnuts - I wonder how chopped raw carrots would be in place of them. What do you think? Sad, because I love water chestnuts....

  6. Susi I'm going to be making this for a long time! It's almost like the one at my local Co-Op and I order it all the time. Now I can make it at home! Thanks!


  7. I tried this recipe and loved it. I have been on a hunt for some new summer salad recipes. Sick of all my usuals. It has great textures and crunch! I always have frozen peas available and you could probably add just about anything you have in your veggie drawer..celery, carrots etc.


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