This healthy pea salad is light and refreshing no lettuce recipe. It features a simple dill dressing with oil and apple cider vinegar that is both dairy and gluten-free. If you’re looking for a healthy salad recipe that adds some protein try this green pea salad.
I’m so excited the weather is warming up. May and June are the times when my salad cravings come alive. I love salads because they are so easy to make. The only downside is when you don’t have any lettuce on hand.
No Lettuce Pea Salad
This has happened to me a few times. I am all about making meals out of what I have on hand. Especially when I am feeling lazy and don’t want to go to the food store. In the past, I’ve based salad recipes around vegetables like beets, cabbage, and cucumbers.
I love how filling these can be even with just a few servings. It is all thanks to the fiber and nutrients found in these foods.
One day I was low on veggies one day and saw my frozen peas in the freezer. I decided to make a salad around them and that is how I came up with this no lettuce pea salad recipe.
Only A Few Ingredients in This Easy Pea Salad
This easy pea salad recipe has just 8 ingredients including those needed for the dressing. It contains:
- Green peas
- Orange bell peppers
- Yellow bell peppers
- Red onion
Green peas are a great veggie because they are so versatile. They taste great raw or cooked. I also like to add them to slow cooker meals like stews and soups.
Peas are also a great source of fiber so this meal should be a nice filling snack to have during the day.
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A Light and Refreshing Dill Dip Dressing
The dressing is light and refreshing. Perfect for the spring and summer weather that is upon us. It features just 3 ingredients:
I find the quality of vinegar and oil will make for a better flavor. Cold or expeller-pressed extra virgin olive oil is my EVOO of choice. This is a better quality olive oil. If you’re looking for a good quality olive oil be sure it has the North American Olive Oil Association olive oil seal of authenticity.
For apple cider vinegar look for one that has the “mother.” It is an unfiltered and unrefined vinegar. It also contains beneficial bacteria, yeast, and protein. It will have a cloudy and murky appearance but it tastes really good. One brand I like to use is Braggs.
A teaspoon of apple cider vinegar will be used in cream-based dressings. Since this is an oil and vinegar-based dressing it will use a little more than that. This recipe calls for 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar.
The last ingredient is the Wildtree Dill Dip. This is a seasoning from the meal planning company Wildtree. Wildtree spices make mealtime super easy.
This is one of my favorite spices of theirs. It’s so versatile you can put it on everything. I love using this seasoning blend on my dips, veggies, and obviously dressings.
Wildtree spices are all organic and this seasoning consists of the following ingredients:
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UPDATE: Since making this recipe, Wildtree has discontinued its dill dip blend. The recipe for the dill dip can be found in the notes section of the recipe below or you can try Simply Organic’s Dill Dip*.
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How to Make Healthy Pea Salad
Typical pea salads include Amish pea salad, sweet pea salad, layer pea salad, English pea salad, frozen pea salad, pea bacon salad
I personally prefer a green pea salad without mayo. That is just because I’m not really into creamy dressings. I usually go for a green pea salad with vinegar dressing. These are some of the best healthy salad recipes to look for.
If you want to know how to make a healthy pea salad start with the ingredients. Try to avoid heavy dressings and a lot of cheeses. Stick to an oil and vinegar-based dressing. Add veggies for a dose of fiber and nutrients.
How to Make Easy Pea Salad
Here is how to make an easy pea salad. Stick to an easy recipe. I would omit some of the things that are found in the heavier creamy pea salads.
A typical recipe for pea salad may include things like bacon, cheddar cheese, and a creamy dressing like mayonnaise or greek yogurt.
Keep the dressing simple to just a few ingredients. Usually, oil, vinegar, and seasoning will be enough to make a flavorful topping for your salad.
Healthy pea salad is a quick recipe that can be made in less than 30 minutes.
First, start with gathering the ingredients. You can use frozen or fresh peas. I used frozen because that is all I had on hand.
If you are looking for a way to save time you can use some kitchen tools to chop the onions and dice the cucumbers.
Once you have prepped all your veggies. Take a medium glass mixing bowl and add the peas, orange bell pepper, yellow bell pepper, cucumber, and red onion.
Set the bowl aside and make the dill dressing. In a small glass mixing bowl add extra virgin olive oil, apple cider vinegar, and the Wildtree dill dip. Mix them together with a whisk.
Next, pour the salad dressing mixture on top of the pea salad veggies in the medium glass mixing bowl
Take a large wooden spoon and fork (or salad tongs) and toss the salad until it is well covered in dressing. Serve.
How To Store Healthy Pea Salad
If there are any leftovers you can place them in a resealable container and put in the fridge. Since this salad has no lettuce you don’t have to worry about the dressing wilting the salad. It will stay good for about 3 to 5 days.
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Healthy Pea Salad
- 2 cup frozen peas (thawed)
- ½ medium red onion peeled and chopped
- 1 large orange bell pepper chopped
- 1 large yellow bell pepper chopped
- 1/2 medium cucumber peeled and chopped into small pieces
- 1 tsp Wildtree Dill Dip
- 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- In a medium mixing bowl place the peas, orange and yellow bell peppers, cucumbers, onions, and then set aside.
- In a small mixing bowl place the EVOO, apple cider vinegar, Wildtree dill dip, mix together and set aside.
Putting The Salad Together
- Top the salad with the Wildtree dill dip dressing, mix well, and serve.
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