Cold Pea Salad

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This chilled pea salad is made with frozen peas, smoked almonds, water chestnuts, and a hint of curry. It's a great addition to your summer salad recipe collection.

Photography Credit: Sally Vargas

Pea Salad – Perfect for Summer

Long warm summer days are perfect for cold pea salad!

I first encountered this delightful pea salad at a friend’s potluck. It was one of the dishes that everyone went back to for seconds.

How to Make Pea Salad

This recipe uses frozen peas, which you don’t even have to defrost, green onions, water chestnuts, and smoked almonds. The peas do thaw a bit, but they’re wonderful cold and crunchy too.

I’m not sure of the original source of this pea salad recipe, but since the recipe calls for Smokehouse Almonds, perhaps the almond company? It could easily be made with tamari almonds as well. You just want salty, crunchy, roasted almonds for this cold pea salad.

A Make-Ahead Salad

You can make this salad ahead of time on the day you want to serve it, just hold off adding the nuts so they retain their crispness. The cold peas and the crunchy almonds pair beautifully together.

Do you have a favorite pea salad? Please let us know about it in the comments.

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Cold Pea Salad Recipe

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 6

You can make this salad ahead of time on the day you want to serve it, but add the almonds at the last minute. The salad is still good the next day but it's best served on the day you make it.

You can substitute tamari almonds for the smokehouse almonds, in which case, you do not need to rinse them.

Wonderful served with sliced tomato and avocado and chicken for lunch.

Ingredients

  • 16-ounces frozen petite peas (do not thaw)
  • 6 ounces smokehouse almonds
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 8 ounces chopped water chestnuts
  • 2/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons yellow curry powder
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Method

1 Remove the excess salt and chop the almonds: In a fine-mesh strainer under cold running water, rinse the almonds to remove the excess salt. Spread between 2 paper towel layers and pat dry. Spread on a cutting board, and coarsely chop with a large knife.

2 Combine the salad ingredients: In a large bowl, whisk the mayonnaise, curry powder, salt, and pepper until smooth. Add the peas, scallions, and water chestnuts to the bowl.

Gently fold the salad into the mayonnaise dressing. Taste and add more salt and pepper, if you like. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

3 Add the almonds: Just before serving, stir in the chopped almonds.

 

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  1. Vicki D

    I love this recipe so much!! Can you improve on perfection? Add some crispy, crumbled bacon and you decide…

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  2. Karen

    Just made this with fresh peas from our farmers’ market and took it to a dinner with friends. It got rave reviews from everyone!

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  3. maia

    I used roasted unsalted peanuts instead of almonds because of the price of almonds, and the peanuts were fantastic in this salad. This salad of yours is much better than the one my mom used to make, mostly because she used mushy canned peas (and little Velveeta cubes). She insisted on calling it Pea Cheese Salad because when anyone just said Pea Salad, we would all snicker.

  4. JUDI

    I’m wondering about the mayo – 2/3 cups seems like a lot! Plan to make this week and will adjust to taste and texture.

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  5. Julie

    One of my favorite BBQ side dishes, I make it all the time. I make it according to the directions, adding a little more green onions if I feel like it. Fantastic!

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