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White Cheddar Green Pea Salad

Adapted from The Kitchen is my Playground

White Cheddar Green Pea Salad ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #potluck #salad #recipe

When I was a little girl growing up in the American midwest, there were potluck parties. Lots of them. And inevitably at a midwest potluck, there are these things people call “salads”, most of them laden with lots of mayonnaise and sometimes even crazy things like pineapple and marshmallow. I never quite got how they could call some of these things a salad, with nary a green thing in sight. (A proper salad has GREENS in it, people! This was my mindset, once my mother converted me to a salad lover.)

But I was intrigued by one of these mayonnaise-based salads. This one had peas in it, and chunks of cheese. I remember almost liking it, but thinking … the cheese she used was all wrong. She had made the salad with an American cheese … probably Velveeta or something like that. The salad needed cheese, yes, but it needed a REAL cheese, not a cheese food. (Yes, even as a youngling, I was tweaking recipes in my mind.)

White Cheddar Green Pea Salad ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #potluck #salad #recipe

When I happened across this family recipe from The Kitchen is my Playground, that whole scene played again in my mind. And 30 or 40-some years later, I finally decided it’s time to tweak that forgotten person’s recipe and perfect that salad. With the RIGHT cheese. I settled on an aged white cheddar that I found at Aldi (we just got Aldi here and I just freaking LOVE that store!).

So here, finally, is the pea salad with the right cheese. I lightened up the dressing, too, because I’m really not all that fond of mayonnaise. But I have to admit, there are some times when mayonnaise is called for and this is one of them. So there is SOME mayo, just not that much. Nobody will notice, though, because this salad has a lot of good, good flavors going on. The right cheese makes such a big difference!

White Cheddar Green Pea Salad

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

White Cheddar Green Pea Salad


  • 1 (20 oz.) package frozen peas
  • 1 cup chopped sweet onion
  • 1/4 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup nonfat yogurt
  • 3 Tablespoons sweet pickle relish
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon spicy brown ground mustard
  • 1/2 - 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 hard-cooked eggs, chopped
  • 1 c. shredded aged white cheddar cheese
  • 2 mini sweet peppers, chopped, or 1/2 of a red or orange bell pepper


  1. Rinse the frozen peas with cool water to thaw them. Soak the chopped onion in water for 15 minutes. Drain both very well.
  2. In a small bowl, make the dressing: whisk together the mayonnaise, yogurt, pickle relish, sugar, mustard, and salt until well mixed.
  3. Toss the peas and onion in a bowl with the rest of the ingredients, then drizzle on the dressing and gently fold everything together. Cover and refrigerate until serving time.


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White Cheddar Green Pea Salad ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #potluck #salad #recipe

This recipe was shared at Foodie Friends Friday and Gluten Free Friday.

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4 Responses

  1. Delicious white cheddar green pea salad, thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop, pinning and tweeting.

    July 10, 2016 at 2:40 pm

  2. I came over from Swathi’s tweet of your pretty salad on Hearth and Soul blog hop. This is entirely different from my pea salad, but it is similar to that of one of my cousins. (Is it just ours, or do all families of English origin make pea salad? We have several versions.)

    July 10, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    • Ann

      Hi Jean, what do you put in your pea salad? I’m sooo curious!

      July 10, 2016 at 6:48 pm

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