I don't recall where or when I came across this pea salad. I do know it's pretty old because I typed the recipe out on an IBM Selectric. The salad's a nice diversion from the usual stand-by's of potato salad and black-eyed-pea salad that I seem to gravitate to when asked to bring a salad to the picnic or pot luck. I made this recently for a family get-together over Labor Day weekend.
I refer to it as a pea salad but there are other goodies in here too, like french cut green beans, shoe peg corn, pimientos, bell pepper, celery, red onion. Just a note about the onion....this year the red onions I've bought have been e.x.t.r.e.m.e.l.y potent. I used half the called for amount and diced them a little tinier than the other vegetables.
All of the vegetables are mixed together in a large bowl and tossed with a sweet mixture of white vinegar, vegetable oil, sugar, salt and pepper.
It's a great make-ahead recipe. In fact, I start mine two days prior to serving. The dressing is cooked and needs to be cooled before mixing it with the vegetables. I like to chill it in the refrigerator overnight.
Then, once the salad is mixed together the flavors meld nicely when refrigerated overnight.
The next morning you don't have to worry about preparing anything but yourself for the party! Just grab it from the 'fridge and go!
Picnic Pea Salad
For the Dressing -
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp freshly ground pepper
For the Vegetable Mixture -
4 ribs celery
1 red bell pepper
1 medium sized red onion
1 - 4 ounce jar diced pimientos
1 - 16 ounce can Lesueur sweet peas
1 - 16 ounce can French style green beans
1 - 12 ounce can white shoepeg corn
Mise en place:
- Just go a-head on (as they say in West Texas) to the "Method". Once you've prepared all of your ingredients they're dumped in their respective receptacles as you go anyway!
Measure out all ingredients for the Dressing into a small saucepan. Stir the ingredients as you bring them to a boil. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature. Refrigerate overnight if desired.
Dice celery, bell pepper, and onion (mine are usually ~ 3/8") and transfer to a large mixing bowl. Drain the pimientos, peas, green beans & corn and dump in the mixing bowl.
Gently fold to combine all of the vegetables (better done with hands).
Pour the cooled dressing over the vegetables and gently fold to mix. Transfer to a storage container with lid and refrigerate overnight.
The longer the salad marinates, the better the flavor.