Monday, April 20, 2015

Old Fashioned Mac and Pea Salad

I love going to the garden in early spring and picking the Sweet Green Peas, they are good just straight off the vine. I was picking peas the other day and thought I need to make the Mac and Pea Salad with these fresh peas. I remember eating this salad at my Mothers and at my Aunts house when I was growing up and it is one of my favorite spring salads. This is a great salad for picnic's, covered dish dinners, and family get together's or maybe just a special evening to remember a great recipe from your childhood. Some recipes change through the years as they are passed down from generation to generation, but this one has remained the same in our family, it is good just the way it is, as my Grandmother would say, no need to change it.

Old Fashioned Mac and Pea Salad

Old Fashioned Mac and Pea Salad at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

This Salad Is Great For A Picnic
A Covered Dish Dinner

Old Fashioned Mac and Pea Salad at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Serve For A Family Get Together

Old Fashioned Mac and Pea Salad at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Serve It In Bowls or Small Plates

Old Fashioned Mac and Pea Salad at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Old Fashioned Mac and Pea Salad
Miz Helen's Kitchen
1 pound (16 oz) dry elbow macaroni
4 cups fresh or frozen green peas
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
1 cup chopped pimento's with juice
1 cup miracle whip
3 cups american cheese, cubed small
1 tablespoon parsley
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoon pepper
dash cayenne pepper
Cook the macaroni according to package directions, drain then rinse with cold water, set aside.
If you are using fresh peas, shell the peas then blanche the peas for 3 minutes, drain, and cool in ice cold water.
If you are using frozen peas, pour the peas into a colander and run hot water over them to thaw just enough to loosen the peas.
In a large mixing bowl, add the cooked macaroni, peas, onion,bell pepper, miracle whip, pimento's, and cheese, mix well.
Add the seasons and mix well.
Chill in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours before serving and it is better if you can chill overnight. The longer it sits the better it gets.
Mayonnaise can be substituted for the miracle whip.
Mayonnaise can be mixed half and half with sour cream or Greek Yogurt.
Red onion or green onions can be substituted for the yellow onion.
Ham, Bacon and cured smoked sausage can be added.

Go Ahead Have Seconds!

Old Fashioned Mac and Pea Salad at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Thanks so much for stopping by to enjoy one of our family favorites with us today. Hope you have a fantastic week and come back to see us soon!
Peace and Joy


  1. The peas and American cheese would be new additions for me, sounds like a great salad to try:@)

  2. This sounds so yummy!! I love creamy macaroni salad!!

  3. This looks great... especially for these nicer spring days. :)

  4. That looks so yummy! Perfect for BBQs. I am jealous that you are out picking peas already. We are hoping to get the garden tilled up this week.

  5. Yum! I love this salad. My mom used to add a small amount of Catalina dressing to the miracle whip to add a little zing - it is wonderful. I have to make this soon!!

  6. This salad looks so delicious, Miz Helen! We eat a lot of cold salads in the warmer months and I am always looking for new recipes - I can't wait to try this one! Also, I wanted to thank you for joining us at Freedom Fridays! You are being featured at this week's party and we would love for you to join us again! The party starts tonight at 8:30 pm EST and runs until Tuesday evening! Hope to see you there! :)

  7. I love macaroni salads, this version with the green peas sounds delicious! Thanks so much for sharing at What'd You Do This Weekend?!

  8. This sounds so good!!! I'm pinning and printing to try soon!

  9. I love fresh, summery salads like this, Miz Helen! They are perfect for so many occasions. Your Old Fashioned Mac and Pea Salad sounds scrumptious. Thank you for sharing this recipe with us at the Hearth and Soul hop. Pinned and will tweet :-)

  10. I LOVE this recipe but need a good one for my files - I think I just found it!

    Congratulations - you are a DOUBLE FEATURE this week at Inspire Me Monday at Create With Joy - I couldn't pick between your two recipes and decided - why not share them both?

    Have an awesome week! :-)

  11. This looks amazing is caught my eye from Inspire me Monday! Pinned!

  12. It's a wonderful salad Miz Helen. Quite unique with the green pea :) I like it!!

  13. I will definitely be trying this! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!

  14. The bowl full of amazing and mouthwatering things!!! Great!


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