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Pea Salad Recipe – Easy BBQ Side Dish

Pea salad is an easy side dish option for summer barbecue parties. This easy peasy recipe was given to me by my mother-in-law.

I haven’t seen a pea salad at many gatherings, so if you are looking for something unique to serve, give it a try.

Pea salad in a red bowl.

Easy Pea Salad Recipe for a Unique Side Dish

Makes 4 cups. Double or triple for large crowds.

Pea Salad Ingredients

(Exact measurements in the recipe card below)

  • Frozen peas
  • Celery, chopped
  • Cauliflower, chopped
  • Slivered almonds
  • Green onions
  • Ranch dressing
  • Sour cream
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Dill weed

How to make the pea salad

Thaw out the peas and drain well.

Chop the celery, cauliflower, and onions.

Onion, cauliflower, almonds in a bowl unmixed.

Add all the ingredients to the peas in a bowl and mix well.

Peas and other ingredients mixed in a bowl.

Cover and refrigerate for 2-3 hours before serving.

Pea salad in a red bowl with flag decor on the table.

I used frozen peas and frozen cauliflower, so I thawed both and drained well. I purchased a bag of slivered almonds, so no need to mess around chopping them.

Pea salad is a great alternative when you don’t have time to whip up potato salad. With all of the summer barbecue parties, it’s nice to have a quick plan for a last minute side dish.

Yield: 4 Cups

Pea Salad Recipe

pea salad in a red bowl

A unique and tasty side dish that's great for BBQ's or summer events.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 1 16oz package of frozen peas
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped cauliflower
  • 1 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions
  • 1 cup ranch salad dressing
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp dill weed


  1. Thaw peas and drain well.
  2. Chop celery, cauliflower, and onions.
  3. Add all ingredients to peas and mix.
  4. Cover and refrigerate for 2-3 hours before serving.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 281Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 408mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 5gSugar: 6gProtein: 7g

Nutrition facts are an estimate only.

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It’s party season. Graduation parties, weddings, birthdays, Father’s Day, 4th of July, and tons of other reasons to celebrate summer. Plenty of opportunities to make a pea salad!

Nicole B

Monday 6th of July 2015

I love pea salads. This is a lot different from any I have had because of the cauliflower and celery. I'll pin so I can save it for later.

Julie Waldron

Thursday 2nd of July 2015

Thanks for the great recipe :)

Jerry Marquardt

Sunday 28th of June 2015

This looks like a nice summer picnic recipe, I will use this a few weeks from now at my family picnic.

amy tolley

Tuesday 23rd of June 2015

Amazing sounding recipes ty for sharing this I have been looking for another pee recipe other then the one I had ty for shsring

vickie Couturier

Sunday 14th of June 2015

i hate peas,but my husband loves them so i would make this just for him,,he would enjoy it

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