Cold Pea Salad

This delightful cold pea salad recipe comes from my friend Chigiy‘s friend Beth, who brought it to a recent BBQ. It calls for Smokehouse Almonds, but I think it could easily be made with tamari almonds too. Perfect for picnics on hot summer days, it’s made with frozen peas which help keep the salad chilled. The peas do thaw a bit, but they’re good crunchy and cold too.

Cold Pea Salad Recipe



  • 16-ounces frozen petite peas (do not thaw)
  • 6 ounces smokehouse almonds, rinsed to take off the excess salt, chopped (preferably by hand)
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 8 ounces chopped water chestnuts
  • 2/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp yellow curry powder
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste


1 Combine the frozen peas, green onions, almonds, and water chestnuts. Mix together the mayonnaise and curry powder in a separate bowl.

2 Gently fold the mayonnaise mixture into peas. Add salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

Serves 6.

Notes from Beth: You make this salad the morning of, but add the almonds when you serve it. The salad is still good the next day but it's best if it's made the day you serve. Wonderful served with sliced tomato and avocado and chicken for lunch.

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  • Betty

    You don’t thaw the peas? Surely you aren’t eating the peas frozen. Do you wait long enough for them to thaw out in order to give the flavors time to meld?

  • Pamela

    Why are you using frozen peas? I bet this would be fabulous with fresh shelled peas, especially at this time of the year. This salad does sound awesome and I think I am going to try it with fresh…

  • Steamy Kitchen

    Holy Smokey Almonds! I just made this just now as my…um….after dinner before dessert snack. I don’t know how many servings this was supposed to be, but I ate half of it myself. Its so addictive. I’ll prob have the last half for bfast!

  • Elise

    Hi Betty and Pamela – You use frozen peas so that they won’t mush up as you are mixing together the salad, and it’s supposed to be a cold salad. If it is used as a picnic salad, then it helps to have frozen peas because the salad will stay cold.

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