Pea Salad

Here’s another of my mom’s favorite dishes. Not mine. I know you are all probably thinking that here I am paying homage to my mother who is no longer with us, but I don’t eat any of these recipes. I HATE PEAS!! I will eat just about any other vegetable, but peas. Growing up, whenever I told my mom, “but I hate peas” (use your best bratty voice there), she would ALWAYS tell me, “Merrie, I don’t like peas either, but I’m eating them.” Years later I discovered, she lied. She loved peas. She duped a child.

Now, this recipe is not very healthy and ironically, my sister (Kathy), who is the healthiest of us all, loves this recipe. But, she really only gets it on holidays. While I know that mine is not as good as my mom’s, Kathy appreciates and loves it.

Pea Salad
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Ingredients
  1. 29 ounce can of peas (drained very well)
  2. 4 ounce jar of pimentos
  3. 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  4. 1 1/2 tbsp. sour cream
  5. 2 eggs, hard boiled
  6. 4 ounces Velveeta, cubed
  7. Small onion, diced
  8. Salt and Pepper to taste
In a small bowl combine
  1. Mayonnaise
  2. Sour Cream
  3. Salt and Pepper
  4. About 2 tsp. of liquid from pimentos (optional)
In a serving bowl combine
  1. Peas
  2. Pimentos
  3. Velveeta
  4. Diced hard boiled eggs
  5. Onion, diced
  6. Dressing mixture
  7. Mix ingredients until well combined. Taste and adjust seasonings if needed.
  8. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.
Notes
  1. When I say to drain peas really well, I mean REALLY WELL. I usually put them in a colander and go about making other dishes, then come back to it.
  2. I apologize, I meant to measure out how much this recipe yielded, my best guess is between 4 and 5 cups.
  3. Whenever I make something like this or potato salad or even macaroni salad, I ALWAYS make my dressing in a separate bowl, then add. This way I can make sure it's the right consistency without the other ingredients intruding. I can also adjust the seasoning better.
  4. Personally, I never use a spoon to mix salads like this. I feel it breaks up the ingredients too much. Just get in there with your hands (clean of course) and mix.
  5. It's ok if it seems a little heavy on the dressing side. It won't seem that way once it has been refrigerated.
  6. Is it necessary to refrigerate? Well, eventually it is, but if you're looking to go straight to the dinner table with it, not really, but I do recommend it. By placing it in the fridge for an hour or so before serving allows for the whole dish to firm up a bit and it's just going to taste better (of course, I don't know this personally, so I have no choice but to believe my mom). Just your preference.
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