Amish Ham and Pea Salad

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How can you deny the combination of peas and smoked ham! Try this delicious Amish Ham and Pea Salad recipe if you loved smoked flavors in a salad. This salad is so good you'll have to taste it to believe it. With just a few simple ingredients like dijon mustard, garlic, cheese, smoked ham etc. you cannot go wrong. Though not many people like peas, they taste excellent when added to green salad recipes with any smoked meat like ham in this recipe. Green pea recipes are not very common, but when you can get the flavors right then, you'll come back to make them more often. Peas are also extremely nutritious because they're loaded with vitamin C and A. They have a decent amount of protein in them as well so why not consider eating them more often from a health point of view? We live in an age where everyone seems to be in a big rush and rely on go-to meals a lot. Quick recipes that offer ideas for best healthy salads will also make it a bit easy for your busy weekday schedule.

The best part about this tasty Pea Salad recipe is that you can make it the way you prefer by adding or taking out ingredients that you want. You can add mixed peppers like red, yellow and orange ones that are in season. Throw a few more green leafy vegetables like kale, arugula and chopped lettuce in it. Add black beans or chick peas to make it extra nutritious and protein-rich. Adding chopped fruits pieces like pineapple bits, red apples with the peel or fresh corn will enhance the sweetness. Chrispy Bacon bits, crab meat or grilled chicken breast are some fantastic meat options. You can also add other meats like shrimp, tuna, turkey, ham chunks, etc. In the place of cheddar cheese, you can try adding assorted cheeses like Swiss cheese and blue cheese together or even sprinkling fresh parmesan would be heavenly.

Although pea salad recipe is easy, it may sometimes turn out too runny if you add too much mayonnaise or too dry if you add too little salad dressing. The key to getting mayonnaise based salads right every time is to add the right amount of salad dressing. The right proportion of vinegar and mayonnaise is a must. To seal the freshness in the salad, always store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Also, mayonnaise based salads always taste better the next day since the ingredients soak overnight in the fridge making the flavors come out good. You can always add a tablespoon of mayonnaise the day when you're serving it to make it look fresh. There are other healthier options for mayonnaise Greek yogurt and sour cream combined. A few other interesting salad dressings you might also want to try are Italian or Thousand Island. You can even add spices like paprika, cayenne pepper, Cajun spice, or cumin powder as well. If you are a vegan, go ahead and make the dressing using mashed avocados. Avocados have a velvety mayonnaise-like texture that adds a great flavour.

Green salad recipes are extremely nutritious and imperative in our diet because they are a rich source of iron. This simple salad made with green peas tastes out of the world and easy to prepare anytime you want a side dish. Thank you to Melissa at the Chin Deep food blog for sharing this excellent Pea Salad recipe with us. For more simple salad recipes do visit Melissa's blog. This pea salad recipe is something you've got to try today!

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