Yes, we heated up the bar-be-que this weekend. It’s definitely that time of the year here in Washington state. We never get the blazing hot temperatures other parts of the country receive. I find a 75 degree day absolutely perfect to be out and about, making it time to grill.
I really don’t care about the protein element however, I’m all about the side dishes and this one is a perfect side year round. The bright color of the peas draws your eyes to the bowl. The Smokehouse almonds and crispy bacon add a nice color contrast. I usually use a cheddar-Monterrey Jack cheese combo, so there’s another colorful element. I shouldn’t forget the red onion, even though I’ve never seen a red onion that wasn’t purple. Whatever!
The combination of the mayonnaise and sour cream is perfect with the other elements. I often use this combination for chicken salad or apple salad. It tastes super creamy without being heavy. This makes a lot of dressing, but not too much if you like a moist salad.
Some salads get dangerous on the buffet table after an hour or 2, and anything with mayonnaise is high on that list. As my mom used to say, they are breeding grounds for Sam and Ella to visit. Mom lived in total fear of making someone sick and salmonella was number one on her list, so be sure and take precautions if you are serving this on a warm day. My favorite safety tip is freezing discs of ice to set the bowl on. I make up several and just keep them handy in the freezer. You would make mom happy if you were being proactive as well.
4 pounds frozen peas
1 red onion, diced
2 cups grated cheddar cheese
1 pound bacon, fried hard and crumbled
1 to 2 cans Smokehouse almonds
For dressing combine:
Equal amounts mayonnaise and sour cream, 1 to 1
Make early and let the flavors marry.
* From the Recipe Box:
For four pounds of peas, use approximately 2 cups each mayonnaise and sour cream
I don’t add the bacon or almonds until ready to serve. They soften quickly.
Everyone loves this. This might be my most requested recipe. It originally called for water chestnuts as well, but that was not a popular addition.
Excellent buffet salad; stays fresh a long time. Not that the salad will last a long time.
and remember: Listen earnestly to anything your children want to tell you, no matter what. If you can’t listen eagerly to the little stuff when they are little, they won’t tell you the big stuff when they are big, because to them all of it has always been big stuff. Big kiss, Lynn