Pea Salad with Cauliflower

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A unique twist on pea salad, made with celery, onion, and crisp cauliflower with a slightly sweet and creamy dill dressing.

Pea Salad with Cauliflower

Pea lovers unite!! You are in for a treat today!  This Pea Salad with Cauliflower is a whole new way to look at pea salad.  

Recently, I did a little poll on my facebook page, asking my followers what sorts of recipes they are interested in seeing over the summer.  There were lots of ideas, but the overwhelming ask for salads was what I noticed most. 


Pea Salad with Cauliflower

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Everyone was looking for light and simple recipes that didn’t require heating up the kitchen.  This pea salad is perfect for summertime.  Especially if you are lucky enough to have fresh cauliflower growing in your garden right now.

I came across this recipe in one of my oldest cookbooks.  It came from my grandma in 1985.  

I have been struggling with a bit of writers block lately.  Going through old cookbooks sometimes offers me inspiration.  


Pea Salad with Cauliflower

I came across a few recipes for pea salad, but this one caught my eye.  Most were that typical one with the chunks of cheese.  This one with the crisp cauliflowerettes was just different from anything that I had seen.

Do you love peas?

I have a little secret though.  I absolutely hate peas. Ever since I was a little kid, and my mom made the canned ones.  Gak!  

I wouldn’t even feed the kids baby food peas when they were little, because of the smell.  But somehow… they all LOVE them.  

I love sugar snap peas and snow peas, and I use them all the time.  Two of my favorite ways are in this Beef Lo Mein and this Asian Beef, Mushrooms and Snow Peas recipe.   


Green Salad with Lemon Thyme Vinaigrette

More recently I have discovered pea shoots and I LOVE them in salads.  Here they are atop this Green Salad with Lemon Thyme Vinaigrette.  


One thing about our kids, they were always expected to try everything.  They all eat just about everything, too.  That being said, when I fix peas, I always ate them.  I swallow them like pills … but I eat them.  LOL!!



Pea Salad with Cauliflower


What is in this Pea Salad with Cauliflower?

  • frozen peas
  • onion
  • celery
  • cauliflower
  • mayo
  • mustard
  • dill
  • sugar



Pea Salad with Cauliflower

The dressing for the salad is perfectly light.  It’s base is mayonnaise, with just a bit of prepared mustard,  a touch of sugar to add a bit of sweetness and some fresh dill.  


Pea Salad with Cauliflower

Bring a pot of water to boil on the stove, and submerge the peas, onion and celery for two minutes.  Rinse with cold water. Drain.


Pea Salad with Cauliflower

Place in a bowl.  


Pea Salad with Cauliflower

Stir in cauliflower.


Pea Salad with Cauliflower

Mix in dressing.


Pea Salad with Cauliflower

Now I will tell you I did taste it, but I picked out cauliflower and celery.  We had it with my Dr. Pepper BBQ Ribs (which I made in the crock pot) and tater tots (made in the air fryer) for dinner last night, and my family literally freaked out over the salad.  It was a great summer meal, and I didn’t heat up my kitchen!


My daughter said “I love pea salad, but I never get to eat it unless I am at a funeral luncheon.”  I asked her if she missed the cheese cubes in it, and she said, no.  All of them said the cauliflower was way better than the cheese cubes.  All that was left of this pea salad is a memory today.  


Other Great Recipes for Pea Lovers:


Pea Salad with Cauliflower

Make those pea lovers in your life happy! Make them this Pea Salad with Cauliflower!  M.



Overhead of Pea Salad with Cauliflower in a white serving bowl
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Pea Salad with Cauliflower

A unique twist on pea salad, made with celery, onion, and crisp cauliflower with a slightly sweet and creamy dill dressing.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time2 minutes
Total Time22 minutes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Pea Salad with Cauliflower
Servings: 6
Calories: 163kcal
Author: Michaela Kenkel


  • 3 cups frozen peas
  • 1 cup 4 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1/4 cup onion chopped
  • 1 cup cauliflower
  • 1/3 cup mayo
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • 1/2 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon dill


  • Bring a pot of water to boil.
  • Combine mayo, mustard, sugar and dill. Set aside.
  • Drop frozen peas, onion and celery into the boiling water for no longer than 2 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water.
  • Combine the mixture with cauliflower and dressing.
  • Chill until ready to serve.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 163kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 170mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g



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  1. I enjoy peas and cauliflower but never thought of pairing them together this is a great idea. A nice side for a summer menu.

  2. All my favorite veggies in one gorgeous summer salad! Love that you went for the classic creamy mayo dressing! Paired with some grilled chicken this would be my perfect summer dinner!

  3. Just loving this salad. The dressing you make with the combo of mayo and mustard is right up my alley! Giving this a try for sure!

  4. I so love pea salad! My daughter has been wanting to put cauliflower in everything these days. This will be the perfect addition to one of our favorites! So delish!

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