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Sweet Pea Salad Recipe with Scallion, Bacon, and Lemon Cream Dressing

This quick and easy Sweet Pea Salad Recipe with Scallion, Bacon, and Lemon Cream Dressing balances sweet, salty, and savory flavors for a beautiful spring side dish!
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 242kcal

Ingredients

Salad:

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 slices turkey bacon chopped
  • 10 ounces frozen sweet green peas not thawed
  • 3 scallions green and white parts, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves pulled from the stems
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Lemon Cream Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 pinch salt

Instructions

  • Heat the oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add the bacon and fry until crispy, about 4 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Transfer the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate to cool and drain off the excess oil.
  • Fill a medium saucepan half-full with water and bring it to a rolling boil. Add a generous sprinkling of salt. Stir in the frozen peas and time them for 45 seconds. Strain the peas and let them cool.
  • Combine the bacon, peas, scallion, parsley leaves, and a pinch of salt and pepper in a large bowl, and then pour it onto a serving dish. Chill until serving.
  • For the dressing, whip the cream until thickened enough so that when you spoon a dollop, it stays without spreading out too much. Whisk in the lemon juice, lemon zest, sugar, and salt.
  • Right before serving, dollop the Lemon Cream Dressing onto the salad.

Notes

This salad also makes a delicious light lunch. To make it a satisfying meal, I add cheddar cheese and nuts, such as almonds. A sprinkling of sunflower seeds on top is also delicious!

Nutrition

Calories: 242kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 577mg | Potassium: 336mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1483IU | Vitamin C: 41mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 2mg