Easy Pea and Cheese Salad

by | Apr 27, 2015 | All, Side Dishes

Look no further! This Easy Pea and Cheese Salad is just what your summer picnic menu needs to be complete!

Easy Pea and Cheese Salad in a white bowl with a black rim. Garnished with fresh pepper and has a spoon for serving.

Pea Salad is kind of a funny name, right? I don’t think anything of it since I have been eating this Easy Pea and Cheese Salad forever; it’s one of my dad’s favorites. And if you are one of those unlucky ones who has never had pea salad?

That needs to change. Trust me. Because Summer is here and that means it’s time for salads. And this easy salad is one of my summer go-to’s. 

 Several small white and glass bowls filled with green peas, cubed cheddar cheese, diced onion and chopped hard boiled egg.

What kind of peas are best for this recipe?

I always make my Pea Salad with frozen peas, which makes it a super easy side dish and ensures the vibrant color of the salad.  Salads don’t get much easier to pull together than when it starts with a bag of frozen peas. Am I right?

Add a little chopped onion, hard-boiled egg, and some quality cheddar cheese, and you’re in business.

And don’t forget the dressing. I updated my dressing to be half mayo and half greek yogurt. I love the added tang, and who can say no to the additional protein?

Easy Pea and Cheese Salad in a white bowl on a white background with salt and pepper shaker on the side.

Can I make this pea and cheese salad ahead of time?

Absolutely you can. And to be honest, I like it even better when it has been sitting in the refrigerator for a couple of hours. It really allows the flavors to meld together. Just be sure to give it a good stir to get the dressing distributed evenly before serving.

So what are you waiting for? Bring on the summer BBQs and make sure that this Easy Pea and Cheese Salad is on the menu. You won’t regret it.

Easy Pea and Cheese Salad in a white bowl with a striped linen and a spoon for serving.

Here are more of Our Favorite Summer Salads

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Spinach Pasta Salad– Barefeet in the Kitchen

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Tomato Feta Pasta Salad- Garnish with Lemon®


Yield: 6 servings

Easy Pea and Cheese Salad

Easy Pea and Cheese Salad in a white bowl with a black rim. Garnished with fresh pepper and has a spoon for serving.

This easy pea and cheese salad is a summer staple and goes with most anything from the grill!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 1 (12-ounce) bag of frozen peas, slightly thawed
  • 6 ounces cheddar cheese, cubed
  • 1/3 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 hard-boiled egg, diced (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons Greek yogurt
  • Salt and pepper


  1. In a medium bowl place the peas, cheese, onions, and egg. Stir gently to combine.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the mayo and yogurt and stir until thoroughly combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Spoon dressing over pea mixture and stir gently to combine. Refrigerate until serving.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1/3 cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 194Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 62mgSodium: 301mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 9g

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    I love the way crisp green beans just pop in your mouth…What a perfect spring/summer side!

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    What a simple and complete side dish. Or maybe it’s even the main dish and I can just pair it with a salad for a light dinner. Love the use of yogurt instead of mayonnaise.

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    This is toooooooooo simple. Something a little different for a quick salad. For some bizarre reason I am feeling a bit of a craving for this salad now. Not often I get the nibbles for pea salad. Weird.


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