Creamy Cheddar & Sweet Baby Pea Salad

I don't know how many GALLONS milk, I drank as a kid when my mom made us eat our vegetables! The only way to choke them down was with huge chunks of milk as fast as we could without suffocating! And peas were the worst thing for me. Oh how I hated them wrinkled little green balls of icky cruelty!

Only in my early 30's did I finally find out that they weren't so bad! I still can't stand regularly peas, but sweet baby peas and I have made our "peas", pea, our peace. 😉 I actually love them now! But especially cold and in this creamy summer salad.

They have a candy-like sweet taste and a nice crunch and almost pop in your mouth! Mixed with a creamy dressing, cheddar cheese, sweet jam, celery, chopped eggs, mustard and onions, this is a salad worthy of any special summer picnic or event!

This also ensures a nice change of tempos salad during the holidays. Just make sure you use the right peas, sweet baby peas, also sometimes called "early peas" and not ordinary peas. If you use frozen, you don't even have to thaw them first. Stir them in frozen, last, and they hold up beautifully.

You can also use cans and drain them well first, gently folding them in so you don't ruin them and make a mess of the salad. The whole point is to have that "pop", or crunch if you will, when you bite into them! So delicious and refreshing! Have a nice Saturday and don't forget to wrap up this sweet, fun salad yours picnic basket! 😀

CREAMY CHEDDAR & SWEET BABY PEA SALAD

Serves 6-8

1 cup of mayonnaise

1 cup chopped celery

2 chopped hard boiled eggs

1 1/2 cup cheddar cut into small cubes or up to 1 (8 oz.) Block for cheese lovers!

1/4 cup minced green onion or plain onion

3 Tbl. sweet pickle tasty

1 tsp. sugar

1 tsp. seasoning salt, I use "Johnny's"

1 tsp. plain table mustard

3 cups frozen sweet baby peas, unprocessed and thawed

DIRECTIONS:

In medium-sized bowl, mix all ingredients well * except peas until mixture and sugar are dissolved. Fold in peas. Cool to allow the flavors to blend together. * Peas thaw alone.

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