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Grandma’s Pea Salad with Dill

My grandma's summer pea salad with dill! This chilled salad is only 6-7 ingredients and so easy to throw together for potlucks or family gatherings. Especially quick if you already have hard-boiled eggs. Vegetarian and gluten-free.

close up of pea salad with hard boiled eggs

This is one of those dishes that gets better with time.

Perfect for prep-ahead meals and social events, to give it time for the flavors to meld together.

Especially because you use frozen peas and do NOT have to cook them, it's best to give this at least a few hours or overnight before you plan to eat it.

Which makes total sense why this is a go-to recipe for my grandma. She likes to have things ready-made for company. And she also LOVES dill.

It's a commonly requested recipe in my family, especially during summer.

To make things even easier, have hard boiled eggs on hand. Maybe make a big batch of the eggs and use some for this and some for deviled egg pasta salad. You'll be the party favorite!

Otherwise, step 1 for the pea salad is to make hard boiled eggs.

Next step, rinse and dump frozen peas in a bowl. (Note: You can also use the equivalent amount of canned peas – though the flavor will not be as great.)

frozen peas rinsed in a bowl ready to make pea salad

Add: chopped onion and celery.

peas, celery and chopped onions in a bowl prepped for pea salad

Slice hard boiled eggs and throw 'em on there.

adding sliced hard boiled eggs to the pea salad

All that's left is to add mayo and dill to taste, MIX.

One thing I learned while making my grandma's recipe for this pea salad is that she must use a lot more mayonnaise than I realized. Her recipe card simply says “mayo or miracle whip to moisten”, no measurement.

I tried to go small but eventually worked my way up to 5 tablespoons. You may want more, or you may not even want to measure!

Grandma's Pea Salad with dill all mixed together

Easy PEAsy!

More of grandma's recipes:

Grandma's baked ziti

Broccoli crescent wrap

Nana's Potica 

Yield: 6 sides

Grandma's Pea Salad with Dill

Grandma's Pea Salad with dill - this 6 ingredient, chilled salad is always a hit at potlucks or family gatherings. Includes hard-boiled eggs. Gluten-free.

My grandma's summer pea salad with dill! This chilled salad is only 6 ingredients and so easy to throw together for potlucks or family gatherings. Especially quick if you already have hard-boiled eggs. Vegetarian and gluten-free.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Inactive Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes


  • 16 oz. package frozen peas, (no need to thaw or cook)
  • 2 ribs celery, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped (I used a white onion)
  • 4 hard boiled eggs, sliced
  • 5 tablespoons mayonnaise, (you may want more, to taste, depending on desired consistency)
  • 2 teaspoons dried dill (can add more to taste if you really like dill, like my grandma!)
  • shredded cheese (optional), see notes


  1. Rinse the peas and place in a large bowl. Add chopped celery and onion, and sliced eggs. Toss together.
  2. Add mayonnaise and dill to taste and thoroughly mix to combine. Cover and place in fridge to let flavors mingle for at least a few hours (or overnight). Serve chilled.


*Prep time doesn't include chill time and assumes you already have hard boiled eggs - add 15 minutes to the prep time if you need to boil the eggs.

**My grandma told me after she sent me the recipe, that she often adds a handful or two (lets say 1/2 cup) of shredded cheese as well. Sharp cheddar is a good addition. It still tastes great without it, but it adds that extra special grandma touch.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 240Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 141mgSodium: 186mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 4gSugar: 5gProtein: 11g

Nutrition information is calculated automatically by an online tool at Nutritionix. It is not always accurate. Please use your own tools to check if you rely on this information.

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Monday 14th of August 2017

I've had good luck substituting plain yogurt for about half the mayonnaise in egg salads, for a healthier and slightly tart dish. Because the flavors are so similar (onion, dill), I tried it with this pea salad recipe, and it worked here, too. Delicious! Thanks for sharing your grandma's recipe!


Tuesday 15th of August 2017

Glad you liked it Helen!


Monday 24th of July 2017

This is such a wonderful idea for a salad. Love all the ingredients you have used here & had never thought of combining them to create this refreshing looking dish!


Monday 24th of July 2017

Pea salad is kind of a new thing for me. I want to try this out this week with some grilled chicken. Looks tasty.

Brandi Crawford

Monday 24th of July 2017

YUM! This is perfect for summer. I may make this for a BBQ side dish.

Elaine @ Dishes Delish

Monday 24th of July 2017

This recipe looks fabulous! It reminds me of something my grandmother made too! Can't wait to try it!