Pea Salad for a Crowd

When I first shared my pea salad recipe in the summer of 2012, I shared a recipe that makes two servings. It’s perfect for everyday  family life. It doesn’t leave leftovers – yay!

But for holiday gatherings and crowd pleasing picnic or barbecue buffets, I need to scale the recipe up.

Since my pea salad tends to be a popular item on Pinterest around the holidays, I thought I’d share the scaled up quantities for the best pea salad ever.

(for more photos and the original recipe, check out this post on the best pea salad ever)

 crowd pleasing pea salad

Pea Salad for a Crowd

This should serve 12:

Pea Salad for a Crowd
Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: American
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 12
  • 6 (15-ounce) can very young early peas (Lesueur or 3 to 4 small bags frozen)
  • 2 finely chopped onions (you need about 1 and a half cups)
  • 12 hard boiled eggs, chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper (start with 1 tablespoon of each and season to taste)
  • ⅔ cup mayonnaise (start there, add more as needed to coat)
  • Chopped pimento, optional (4 to 6 small jars) or 1 jar roasted red peppers chopped
  1. In a colander, drain the peas very well.
  2. Place drained peas in a medium bowl.
  3. Add the onions, chopped eggs, and mayonnaise,
  4. Add pimento if using.
  5. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  6. Toss to combine and coat peas with mayo goodness.

For 6:

  • 3 cans peas (2 small bags)
  • 1 small onion (about 3/4 cup of diced onion)
  • 6 hardboiled eggs
  • salt and peper (start with 1/2 teaspoon of each and season to taste)
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup mayo (start with less, add more until it coats everything)
  • 2 to 3 small jars on pimentos (depends on how much you like pimentos. it’s mostly for the color)

Pin it so you don’t forget it:

Pea Salad for a Crowd - made from either canned peas or frozen peas, this salad is a favorite for Christmas or Thanksgiving or Easter or a summer cookout.

If you’re cooking for a crowd, you might check my easy corn salad recipe for summer parties or the lentil salad for winter buffets.  Both are crowd pleasing and budget friendly, so you can’t go wrong!

Corn Salad:

recipe for tomato basil corn salad


Lentil Salad:

lentil salad


And if you’re stressed about being the hostess at the party, try my M&M trick.  It seriously works!

M&M's for the hostess


Have a great feast! Enjoy every minute of your party or gathering.


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Susan Baker
I have a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood and peace in unlikely places. I have two elementary school boys, one nerdy husband, and two cats. I have a strange fascination for bad puns, the color pink, socks, and books. I worry about running out of toilet paper, wine, and chocolate.. I serve an amazing God. I live an ordinary life filled with wonder.
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  1. Bah Humbug! I hate peas!!! But I love your M&M trick!!!!

  2. How thoughtful of you to expand the recipe like that. I pinned it to my food board!

  3. Looks delicious! I pinned it to my recipe board so that I wouldn’t forget!

  4. I love pea salad and I like that you added pimento for a Christmas-y touch. Thanks for sharing. Pinning!

    • I think Pimento is a southern thing. It ends up in all kinds of salads year round. It does add a festive red-and-green look that works well for Christmas though.

  5. This looks yummy, I should go hunt down your two serving version because I am the only one in my house that would eat it. LOL Silly pea haters!

  6. It sounds like a GREAT recipe thanks!

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