A couple of summers ago I started making an easy peasy pea salad on weekdays that were a bit busy. The creamy deliciousness of the salad quickly made it one of our go-to summer salad recipes. Just like the name suggests, this is a super easy salad to bring to a summer gathering, or quickly made when it's a busy weeknight!
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Is Pea Salad Keto Friendly?
I am almost ashamed to admit that until recently I did not realize that peas were a little higher on the carbohydrate side. This does not make them unhealthy. Peas are a fantastic vegetable that has great nutrition and benefits.
Peas can certainly be used in the Keto or Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle in good moderation. Compared to many other vegetables, the classic pea has a high amount of protein, about 4.1 grams per serving!
They have about 11 grams of carbs per serving and a glycemic index of about 51. However, I love that God balances food out so perfectly because in addition, it also has about 4 grams of fiber to even out all that natural sugar.
Old Fashioned Pea Salad
The classic old-fashioned pea salad is actually the same as an easy peasy pea salad! There is truly no general difference in the two. They are based with peas and some sort of cream sauce, which makes it a classic Midwest dish!
More easy dishes can be found in the new release of "Healing Home Harvest Cookbooks: Skillet and Casserole." I would love for you to check out these amazing recipes for your own healthy kitchen.
A THM Easy Peasy Pea Salad
This easy peasy pea salad is based on the Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle, which means this recipe is going to be based on healthy fats, or what Trim Healthy Mama calls an 'S-recipe.' S stands for 'satisfying' and this dish is certainly going to be satisfying with the delicious taste of those sweet peas and creamy sauce!
Peas can be used in S meals and recipes, however, anything over ½ cup of peas is better suited for E meals.
You Still Need Protein!
Don't forget that you still will need added protein with this meal! I admit that I have more times than I care to admit, just used this as a standalone salad. Unfortunately, that usually means that I have more than ½ cup of peas. Although peas are an FP, when eaten in excess, your body will start treating them like an E fuel. If you are not eating this with additional protein and eating more than a ½ cup of peas, eventually you will end up in crossover mode.
Crossovers are not 'off-plan', but these may not be ideal for your unique season of life.
The Ingredients of the Easy Peasy Pea Salad
The ingredients are pretty simple and standard. The only 'special' ingredients that may not be familiar to everyone is Braggs Amino Acids and nutritional yeast. These are both great ingredients to add to almost any salad as they have wonderful health benefits.
2 12-ounce bag of sweet peas
1 cup Mexican Cheese
1 6-ounce package of real bacon
½ diced onion
⅓ cup mayonnaise
¼ cup Greek Yogurt
¼ cup unsalted sunflower seeds
2 tbsp liquid amino acids
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 2 12-ounce bag of sweet peas
- 1 cup Mexican Cheese
- 1 6-ounce package of real bacon
- ½ diced onion
- ⅓ cup mayonnaise
- ¼ cup Greek Yogurt
- ¼ cup unsalted sunflower seeds
- 2 tbsp liquid amino acids
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- Combine the mayonnaise, Greek Yogurt, liquid amino acids, and apple cider vinegar.
- Rinse peas.
- Add the remaining ingredients and stir together.
- Add the sauce and combine thoroughly.
- Sprinkle the top with additional cheese and sunflower seeds as desired.
- Serve cold.
If the peas are still frozen, you can place them in a strainer and pour hot water over them for a few minutes to dethaw.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 208Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 472mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 11g
Online nutritional calculators are only estimates. Use your best judgement when consuming.