Recipe: Simple Pea and Crème Fraîche Salad with Bacon

This salad is a wonderful combination of fresh, meaty, and rich flavors. Make it in the spring with fresh peas from the garden or in winter with frozen peas as a good stand-in.


  • 2 lbs. peas, fresh or frozen
  • 4 ounces thick-sliced bacon (not maple)
  • 1 bunch whole scallions, chopped
  • 1/3 cup crème fraîche or sour cream
  • Zest of half a lemon
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Cook peas until just cooked through and tender. Cool to room temperature.
  2. Fry bacon over low heat in a cast-iron skillet. Remove to cool and drain. Fry the scallions for just a couple of minutes in the bacon grease. Remove and cool.
  3. Toss peas, cooked bacon, scallions, crème fraîche, and lemon zest in a bowl with salt and pepper. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.

At A Glance

PREP: 5 minutes
COOK: 30 minutes
TOTAL: 35 minutes
YIELD: Makes about 2 lbs.