Pea Salad with Bacon

Have a potluck!!

Easter is a great time to get together, even if you don’t celebrate the religious aspect.  It’s a Sunday when businesses close and families (for better or worse) gather ’round the table.  If you’re totally anti-holidays and religion, just pretend you live in Europe where everything (!) is closed on Sunday.  Invite loved ones over for a potluck and open a bottle of wine.

Why are potlucks so awesome?
1) You’re not responsible for feeding 35 people
2) Everyone brings something they like
3) It brings people together in a very natural way – to eat and drink

A helpful tidbit about potlucks: bring something YOU WANT TO EAT.  Vegetarian, vegan, pescatarian, Presbyterian, bring a dish you love.  When attending a community eating event, most people tend to bring food they would never eat at their own house… buffalo ranch chicken dip, triple buttered cookies, bacon wrapped kielbasa, etc. Thus it’s up to you to keep it real – what do you normally eat?

How about pea salad with bacon?  It’s fresh, a little creamy and studded with salty bits of bacon.  Seems like a good mix to me.

Adapted from Dana Burns, a lovely lady I worked with at the deli. Her instinct and creativity with food is of constant intrigue.

Serves 4 as a side dish

16oz frozen peas, thawed
3 tablespoons red onion, chopped
3 tablespoons water chestnuts
3 tablespoons shredded cheddar cheese
4 strips of cooked bacon
1/4 teaspoon pepper, freshly ground
1/4 cup ranch
1/4 cup mayo

Mix and serve.  

Keywords: Pea salad, bacon, Easter dish, potluck

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