Favorite Party Potluck Dishes

“…perfect and easy potluck dish to bring to a spring or summer party event.”


Susan reminisced about potluck parties we planned, hosted and attended over the years. We love to talk recipes at tea time. We talked about our favorite potluck dishes, Martha’s White Chili, Nellie’s Mexican Casserole, and Sue’s Corned Beef with Cabbage, Cheese and Broccoli Quiche just to name a few. Ah yes, Susan and I were getting hungry now.

tea time talk recipes
We love to talk recipes at tea time.

Then Susan exclaimed, “You know what I really loved the most? And quickly followed up with, “That pea salad, that delicious old fashioned pea salad that you know who brought to that party, you know, that party!” I thought it over for a few moments and then it came to me in a delightful flash! Polly’s Pea Salad! Yes, Susan was quite right. Pollys Pea Salad was very delicious and yes it was also on the old-fashioned side. Polly’s Pea Salad was delicious but it wasn’t just Susan’s favorite, it was one of everyone’s favorite potluck dishes. 

Sadly, Polly passed away a few years ago. Polly had given me the coveted recipe and I knew I must have it somewhere. I proceeded to check all my Word file folders for a document named Polly’s Pea Salad…but found nothing. Then I checked all my file folders on my laptop and on my tablet, but still no Pollys Pea Salad. Well Susan and I decided to go out to lunch because we had developed quite an appetite talking about food and Polly’s Pea Salad. The entire day passed without me knowing what had happened to Polly’s Pea Salad recipe.

The next morning when I awoke, yep, you guessed it, I was still thinking about Polly’s Pea Salad. I went to the storage room and began rummaging through boxes filled with cookbooks and loose sheets of paper with hand-written recipes on them. Just when I was about to give up on ever finding it, there it was! Polly’s Pea Salad! The recipe was scrawled in Polly’s chicken-scratch handwriting. I went right to work typing up the recipe taking care to get the “translation” right. So here is a perfect and easy potluck dish to bring to a spring or summer party event. Everyone is sure to love it!


2 boiled eggs dices

1 boiled egg thinly sliced (reserve for later)

½ cup diced sharp cheddar cheese

¼ cup diced sweet onion (optional)

1 (15 ounce) can early peas (sweet peas) – drained

¼ cup salad dressing (Hellmann’s® Mayonnaise or Miracle Whip®)

2-4 slices crumbled bacon (optional)

1/2 tsp. paprika (optional)

salt and pepper to taste

2 quart or 2 ½ liter mixing bowl

Place one-half of the peas in a mixing bowl. Place 1/23 of salad dressing on top of peas. Add one-half of onions and one-half of the diced eggs. Do not mix.

Repeat above adding another layer of all ingredients. Fold ingredients from middle to outside being careful not to smash the peas.

Transfer to a decorative serving dish. Place egg slices on top. Sprinkle with crumbled bacon. Chill to serve.

Polly’s Pea Salad one of my favorite party potluck dishes


Polly’s Pea Salad was delicious but it wasn’t just Susan’s favorite, it was everyone’s favorite.