Blue Cheese & Bacon Spring Pea Salad

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Blue Cheese & Bacon Spring Pea Salad

Inexplicable bruises.

They are appearing in full force all over my body and I have no idea where they’re coming from.

And I’m not talking little ones either. I’m talking about big, six inch ovals on my shins AND thighs AND a few smaller ones on my arms.

WHATISHAPPENING?

They’re big enough {and painful enough} that you’d think I’d remember where they would have come from, but alas, I’m a mother who is consistently sleep deprived so no, I don’t remember where they all came from or anything else for that matter. However, I have this hypothesis that I kung-fu ninja the crap out of the bad guys in my dreams. Soooo, there’s that.

I’m also attempting to move large furniture around my house by myself. It’s heavy, but I’m deceptively strong, so I try and probably get bruises in the process. At least I’m hoping that’s how it happens but…who knows.

#thisismylife

In other news, I made a salad out of peas.

I’ve never done that before.

I thought it would be weird and taste funky. But then I got the brilliant idea to add bacon and blue cheese which made it taste like bacon and blue cheese and suddenly pea salads were worth thinking about wasting calories on. 

So, a word about the peas: I used fresh english peas from Trader Joes. They were lovely and had a great texture to them. But, if you can’t find the fresh peas, get some frozen ones and defrost them in the fridge overnight. They’ll give you a little bit of a different outcome, but not by much. Plus, the peas act more like a vehicle to make eating straight up bacon and cheese more socially acceptable. So I wouldn’t worry too much about it.

My son was not a fan of this salad {I think mostly because of the blue cheese} and my daughter ate a few bites and literally yelled “I LOVE PEAS!” So, that’s the norm at my house.

And, here I sit typing these words with a bowl of this salad right next to me…at midnight.

Yes, I’m a fan of the pea salads too.

If you’ve never thought about turning peas into a salad, today would be a great day to give it a whirl. It’s like bacony springtime in a bowl.

Here’s how to make it:

Peas

Start by cooking your fresh peas. Bring large pot of water to boil, salt the water and cook peas for 90 seconds or so. Drain and submerge into ice water. Drain again and pour onto clean dish towels to dry. As you dry the peas, go through them to pick out any bad peas.

Peas

Transfer to a large bowl and set aside.

Bacon bits

Grab some bacon crumbles {I use the precrumbled kind from costco} and add those into the bowl…

Peas bacon and blue cheese

along with some blue cheese.

Dressing unmixed

For the dressing, stir some mayonnaise together with a little salt, pepper and some dill.

dressing mixed

Once that’s pulled together, pour it over your ingredients.

Dressing with main ingredients in a bowl

Like so!

Blue Cheese & Bacon Spring Pea Salad

Give it a good stir and that’s it! Your pea salad is finito.

Blue Cheese & Bacon Spring Pea Salad

You can eat it right away, or refrigerate it and enjoy it as you’d like.

A fun and different kind of salad that seems to be super popular these days.

If you like bacon….and cheese, this is the kind of salad for you 🙂

Have a great Monday, friends!

Blue Cheese & Bacon Spring Pea Salad

This yummy blue cheese and bacon pea salad is perfect for a spring dinner side dish.

servings 6 servings
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins

Ingredients

  • 20 oz shelled fresh english peas
  • 2 oz crumbled blue cheese
  • 1/2 cup crumbled bacon I use the precrumbled kind from Costco
  • 1/2 cup real mayonnaise
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill

Instructions

  • Bring pot of water to boil. Salt water and add in peas. Cook 90 seconds to 2 minutes. Drain and submerge into ice water. Drain again and pour onto clean dish towels to dry. As you dry peas, sort through them to remove any brown peas or random debris, like stalks and leaves. Pour peas into large bowl. Add in cheese and bacon.
  • For the dressing, stir mayonnaise, salt, pepper and dill together until smooth. Pour over peas and stir to coat. Either serve immediately or chill in refrigerator until ready to serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 282kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 417mg | Potassium: 302mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 817IU | Vitamin C: 38mg | Calcium: 76mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bacon, Spring Pea Salad
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20 Responses
  1. Ruth Jerkins

    Have never used fresh peas but will.look for some. But think those skin bruises should be reported to your physician. they are concerning. Stay healthy.

  2. Karen @ On the Banks of Salt Creek

    I LOVE blue cheese. The kids don’t. I’m still going to make this. Maybe the bacon will win them over.

  3. Julia

    Ah man, I hope those sore bruises go away soon. I find mystery bruises too from time to time and wonder where they heystack they came from.

    This pea salad looks magnificent! Bring on that blue cheese and bacon!

  4. Senika @ Foodie Blog Stalker

    I definitely was not excited about a pea salad post until I saw BACON & BLEU CHEESE! And, now, you’ve convinced me to make it. Pinned!

  5. Allison - Celebrating Sweets

    Why can’t this be my lunch today?! I see a trip to the store in the near future for these ingredients. Pinned to try!

  6. Tonia

    I love pea salad – my mom makes one with cauliflower & bacon. You cut the cauliflower florets up about the size of peas and just blanche them. And, of course, bacon. 🙂

  7. Chris Hansley

    I make this salad with cheddar cheese cubes. I’ll be trying the Bleu Cheese version soon. I might put less mayo and add our favorite Bleu Cheese salad dressing. We love Bleu Cheese.

  8. Colleen

    Hey, not to be an alarmist, but extensive, inexplicable bruising can point to a blood or immune system issue. Might not be a bad idea to mention it to your doctor. Blessings!

  9. Amy @ Accidental Happy Baker

    I actually saw this post the other day and was like hmm. I would have never thought of this combination, but the more I thought it about it the more I’ve become obsessed with it. This is definitely something I want to make soon. For reals.

  10. beejsteph

    Lauren,
    While I Love Peas…I Cannot Bring Myself To Eat Blue Cheese ANYTHING! 🙁 So I Guess I Will Try Another Creamy Dressing Instead 🙂
    As For Your Bruises….PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE Call Your Dr, Make An APPT To See Him/Her Because Someone I LOVE VERY VERY Much Had The EXACT Same Thing, And They Went To The Dr Too Late…They Had Cancer…All You Need Is A Blood Test To Check And See If You Have Any Tumor Markers/Cancer In Your Body. I Am NOT Trying To Scare You…Just Err On The Side Of Caution!! If For No Other Reason…Do It For Your Children!!!

  11. Julia

    Blue cheese and bacon go so great together! I never thought to put them in a salad with peas–I love the idea. Such a great picnic dish.

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