This old-fashioned pea salad is the perfect go-to side dish for any summer get-together. Of course, it works great all year round as well. Great for a potluck dinner. I’m thinking of making it to take to my MILs for Thanksgiving this year.
Bold flavors of cheddar and onion mix with the calming flavor of peas and sour cream for a delicious side dish or snack.
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Why You Should Eat More Peas
But did you know that peas have protein and are one of the few foods that contain spermidine?
One of the functions of spermidine is to stimulate autophagy, a necessary process of removing old and damaged cells in the body.
Spermidine has been shown to modulate aging, suppress the occurrence and severity of age-related diseases, and prolong lifespan. Okay, give me more peas, please!
Anything that can prolong my lifespan and suppress the occurrence and severity of age-related diseases sounds like something I want more of.
Of course, aging is inevitable (and much better than the alternative), but if there are things we can do to make aging easier, why shouldn’t we do it. Especially when it’s as simple as eating healthy food.
By the way, wheat germ is another excellent source of spermidine. Heck, I may even sprinkle some on my pea salad the next time I make it.
For now, let’s try this delicious pea salad recipe…
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
- 32 Ounces Frozen Peas, warmed
- 8 Ounces Cheddar, cubed
- 3 Ounces of Real Bacon Bits or chopped cooked bacon
- 1 Red Onion, thinly sliced or chopped
- ⅓ cup Mayonnaise
- ⅓ Cup Sour Cream
- 1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 Teaspoon Dried Dill
- 1 Teaspoon Salt
- 1 Teaspoon Pepper
- Warm the peas according to package directions or microwave just till slightly warmed.
- Add warmed peas, onions, and cheese in a large mixing bowl and combine all ingredients, folding until fully combined.
- Eat immediately or place it in the fridge, covered, until you’re ready to serve it.
This recipe has quite a few variations since it’s been around for a long time. However, this combination is pretty classic. So, try it and adjust to your preferences…
- You can swap the mayonnaise for miracle whip and the cubed cheese for shredded if you prefer. But I’m a mayo-over Miracle Whip girl. You can also do a light mayonnaise if you want, as well as fat free sour cream.
- Do not over warm your peas. You simply want to warm them enough to where they’re not frozen, but not piping hot. You want them to still be cold, as this will save you chilling time. If you overheat the peas, no problem, just chill the salad before serving.
- This salad will keep in the fridge, covered properly, for up to 5 days. An airtight container would be best. I do not recommend freezing this salad due to the dairy it contains.
If you are looking for a side dish that is healthy for you this pea salad is it. And even if you’re not a big fan of peas, give it a try, you might actually like this one. My husband won’t eat plain peas, but he will eat this pea salad.
Looking for a good soup recipe? Try this root vegetable soup and if you want an easy dessert to take along with your pea salad to your next potluck, try this chocolate lasagna recipe. And if you’re feeling up to making your own mayo for this recipe, try my homemade mayonnaise recipe.
Even with the spermidine aside, I love when I can find vegetables that contain protein… something that is important to me.
I do eat meat but love when vegetables contain protein. This way I get additional protein, along with the spermidine. If you don’t think you can get enough spermidine in the foods you eat, I recommend trying these spermidine supplements.
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