Pea Salad ~ A humble yet delicious spring-tasting salad with cheese, pepperoni, and corn, in a simple spiced mayo dressing.Pea salad, I know, doesn’t sound all that great.
The not so amazing one is from the kitchen of my stepmom. The only reason hers is not as amazing to me is she uses canned peas. I am not a fan of canned peas at all. I think I would love hers if she used thawed frozen peas. Maybe even with fresh peas. Otherwise, her dressing is great.
This weekend I had a family dinner over at friend’s place. The entire family was in town for a wedding and everyone was making a dish to share. I needed to make something to share, but also wanted to take the opportunity to make a post.I’ve given myself a challenge to see how long I can go, cooking and posting, without going to the grocery store for anything. Once I ran out of actual staples, I will restock, but I wanted to put myself through a test to see if I could really cook with everything I have had on hand. I haven’t been to the market in over a week. That ends tomorrow, the milk is gone, eggs and cheese as well.
I thought of breaking my test challenge and buying things for the dinner. I mean, I wanted to make sure it was tasty for everyone. I thought I should first see what I had available, and then decided I got this…I could make a side dish that was tasty with what I had on-hand.
I’m certain I sounded like a little girl needing constant praise while inquiring if everyone liked the dish. If they didn’t like, then I couldn’t post it, but I had more than a dozen positive remarks, so I present to you, my on-a-whim, pea salad.
- 1-16 oz bag frozen peas; thawed
- 3 oz pepperoni; diced
- 6 oz cheddar cheese; small cubed
- 1 stalk celery , finely diced
- 1 cup frozen corn; thawed
- Salt/pepper to taste
- 1/4 tsp paprika
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise; +/- to taste
Completely thaw both the peas and the corn, make sure they are both dry as any water will thin the dressing and eventually separate out.
When dicing and cubing the pepperoni and cheese, make sure they are all separated, as they tend to clump. Trying to de-clump them after mixing is a big pain.
In a large bowl, add the peas, corn, cheese, pepperoni, celery, salt and pepper. Mix gently.
Slowly fold the mayonnaise in and once it is smooth, add the paprika.
Taste for seasoning and add more salt/pepper if needed.
Either serve immediately or cover and chill.