Sweetest Pea Salad

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Here's a great easy salad recipe that would be perfect as a side dish or as a light meal for lunch or dinner. This sweet pea salad includes fresh vegetables mixed in a creamy dressing. Melissa from Melissa's Southern Style Kitchen shares her take on the classic pea salad. Instead of using canned peas which is often done in classic pea salads, she uses frozen baby peas. Canned peas tend to have a different flavour than fresh or frozen peas, and they can also be a bit mushy sometimes too depending on the brand you buy. Plus, fresh and frozen peas won't be packed with sodium like the canned peas will so they will be healthier in that regard. They will also be fresher than canned peas and will have more of the nutritional value of peas too. Using frozen peas is just as good as using fresh if you can't find fresh peas. Usually, the peas are frozen shortly after they are harvested so they will retain a lot of their nutrients. All you have to do is defrost them which can easily be done by putting them into a bowl with some warm water and letting them warm up a bit. When they are defrosted, they will be ready to use in your salad.

The dressing for this salad includes some mayonnaise or Miracle Whip, whichever you prefer. You can even use a healthy mayonnaise with olive oil if you like, or a vegan mayonnaise made without any eggs. If you'd like to make your own mayonnaise at home with fresh ingredients all you have to do is put some oil and an egg in your blender with some lemon juice and blend until the mixture becomes nice and thick and creamy. This recipe also calls for apple cider vinegar which is very good for our health containing pH balancing properties and digestive benefits. Always try and get apple cider vinegar that is unfiltered so you can get all of the health benefits. Melissa uses some sugar in her recipe, but you can also use stevia or a healthier type of sugar that you prefer. Or you can also leave the sugar out completely. She also recommends using some Mrs Dash Original Blend spices, onion powder, garlic powder, celery salt, salt and pepper. You'll also need some pimentos, onions, cheddar cheese, 6 slices of bacon and 2 large hard-boiled eggs.

Whenever you're using meat, eggs or dairy in your salad recipes or any other recipes, try and get animal products that come from organic farms where the animals are pasture-raised. This will ensure that the animals are raised in a humane way and that they are not given hormones or antibiotics. They are also fed a healthier diet with less soy than factory farmed animals are. Using eggs and meat in your salad recipes can really enhance the flavour of the salad and add some valuable protein to the salad recipes as well. For this easy salad recipe you'll need two hard-boiled eggs, so the easiest way to make them is to boil the eggs in a pot on the stove for 12 minutes, then, put your hard-boiled eggs in an ice bath. To make an ice bath just fill a large bowl with water and then put in a handful of ice cubes. Put your hard boiled eggs in the bath until they cool down and then they will be ready to peel, chop and add to your salad recipes. Try out this great salad recipe and some of the other easy salad recipes from Melissa's website.***

Nutrition Facts for: Sweet Pea Salad from Melissas Southern Style Kitchen
Ingredients: Peas, mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, sugar, seasoning salt, garlic powder, onion powder, celery salt, salt, pepper, pimentos, green onions, cheddar cheese, bacon, eggs. * Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet. * The entire recipe has been calculated for 6 servings.
* Per Serving:Calories 291, Calories from Fat 126, Total Fat 14.0g 22%, Saturated Fat 4.5g 23%, Cholesterol 93mg 31%, Sodium 1656mg 69%, Potassium 549mg 16%, Carbohydrates 21.8g 7%, Dietary Fiber 6.6g 26%, Sugars 9.9g, Protein 19.3g, Vitamin A 34%, Vitamin C 120%, Calcium 5%, Iron 16%

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