Bacon Ranch Pea Salad

This creamy pea salad with crumbled bacon and ranch dressing is crunchy, salty and a perfect cold side dish for summer. 

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This recipe was photographed and updated 7/2023.

Today's recipe isn't your traditional mayo based pea salad. 

This creamy pea salad packs tons of flavor from the ranch dressing and sour cream sauce, along with veggies, shredded cheese and bacon. It's super easy to make, taking only 15 minutes to prep before you refrigerate.

If you have any leftovers, they hold up well and are great for a work lunch the next day.

Classic pea salads have always been a potluck or barbecue favorite. I remember eating them often as a kid when we'd go to parties. Although today's recipe isn't much of a classic, it's sure to be a favorite of anyone who gives it a try, especially if you love all things ranch!

We love serving this pea salad with some Big Green Egg Pulled Pork! They go so well together. The perfect summer meal. 

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You can add or substitute with these ingredients:

  • use diced red onion instead of green onion
  • add sunflower kernels 
  • use any shredded cheese instead of cheddar
  • add salt and black pepper, as desired
  • add diced hardboiled egg
  • add more crumbled bacon and mix it into the salad in addition to the garnish.

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Bacon Ranch Pea Salad in a white bowl.
Yield 8 servings
Author Hot Eats and Cool Reads
Prep time
15 Min
Inactive time
30 Min
Total time
45 Min

Bacon Ranch Pea Salad


  • 1 - 10 ounce package frozen peas, thawed
  • 1 cup sliced celery
  • 1 ½ cups chopped cauliflower, bite sized pieces
  • ¼ cup sliced green onion
  • ¾ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 cup ranch salad dressing
  • 4 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled, for garnish


  1. Combine all ingredients, except bacon in a large bowl. Mix to combine.
  2. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.
  3. Serve with crumbled bacon sprinkled on top.


Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 days. 

Nutrition Facts




21.3 g

Sat. Fat

6.08 g


7.12 g


1.77 g

Net carbs

5.34 g


3.63 g


6.15 g


428.44 mg


30.83 mg

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  1. Your salad looks delicious! The peas and bacon sound really good together! Sounds like a perfect addition to a summer picnic table!

  2. Looks awesome, Sheena! Shared on Google+ today :-)

  3. Yummy in my tummy. Stopping by from Work It Wednesday

  4. What a great salad, I just love peas and bacon. Hope you have a wonderful week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
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    Miz Helen

  5. I love pea salad in the summertime :) I think I have everything to make this .... might have to try it out soon! Thanks so much for sharing at All my Bloggy Friends, Sheena - I can't wait to see what you share this week!


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