the original frontier inn salad

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There use to be a restaurant in Wickenburg, AZ called The Frontier Inn owned by a man named Vic Comer. He was famous for his smoked meats… and this amazing salad. We just love it with grilled steak or chicken!

yield: 8 servings

6 slices thick cut bacon

1 large clove garlic, minced

2 cups frozen peas, thawed and drained

1 small onion, chopped fine

1/2 cup celery, chopped fine

1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese, cut into small pieces

3 large hard boiled eggs, chopped fine

1 teaspoon seasoned salt

1/2 cup real mayonnaise

freshly ground black pepper

Fry bacon until crispy, but not too crisp. Drain and cut into small pieces. Chill. Rub a wooden salad bowl lightly with garlic and place the rest of the ingredients into the salad bowl along with the garlic. Mix all ingredients very well. Cover and chill in refrigerator for at least one hour. Serve.

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  20 comments for “the original frontier inn salad

  1. Lauri L
    January 23, 2015 at 8:40 am

    Yum I will make this. I enjoy your recipes.
    Ps. Clove is misspelled. Sorry I would want someone to tell me:)

  2. Ruth Cobb
    March 24, 2015 at 7:47 am

    Hi> I have been looking for a pea salad for some time. The one I used to get at a restaurant in Charleston, WV, called Fifth Quarter had one that was so good, sort of sweet, refreshing and oh so good. Thank you for this recipe post.

  3. Carole Hignite
    March 30, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    I love pea salad do hard to find a good recipe Thank you so much.

  4. Carol
    April 17, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    I am grateful for these creative healthy recipes!!! BRAVO!! I thank and appreciate you!!


  5. Suzie
    April 21, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    This recipe looks awesome, can’t wait to try.. Puts a little twang into the traditional peas cheese and onion recipe 🙂 Thanks

  6. Barbara
    April 23, 2015 at 9:39 am

    My mother-in-law use to make a wonderful pea salad,I will make this in memory of my sweet mother-in-law.Thank you.

  7. Liz
    April 23, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    Looks good…will have to make it.

  8. Brenda
    April 24, 2015 at 10:25 am

    Thank you this is what I have been looking for.

  9. Pat
    April 25, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    Why do you have to use a wooden bowl? I don’t have any. Does this make a difference in the taste. Thank you.

  10. April 27, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    Used Farro grains in place of meat. Great. Lots of protein, little fat

  11. Claire
    April 28, 2015 at 11:56 am

    I’m making this tonight! Thanks for the recipe!

  12. Diane Troxell
    May 7, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    I made this one a couple of weeks ago minus the hard-boiled eggs. Delish. Always looking for new salad recipes! Thanks.

  13. Julie
    September 12, 2015 at 3:22 am

    I added some finely chopped sweet pickles to this recipe. Delish. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

    • Melissa
      September 14, 2015 at 3:01 pm

      My pleasure, Julie. Love your addition of sweet pickles in this recipe. I’ll have to try that the next time I make it. I’m so happy you enjoyed the salad. Thanks for visiting! 🙂

    • Karen
      February 7, 2016 at 11:00 am

      I remember my Mom making this in the 1950’s.Recipe is the same but she add sweet pickle relish to her.

  14. Barbara
    February 7, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    This looks so delicious will make it after while for dinner,I love salads

  15. Judith
    February 15, 2017 at 9:15 am

    My friend made a version of this with ham and honey added. No bacon. Great salad.

    • Melissa
      February 17, 2017 at 9:15 am

      We love it 🙂 Thanks for visiting, Judith!

  16. Sibylle
    December 29, 2018 at 2:38 pm

    I’ve made this several times now and it is divine. I use fresh English peas and the crunch is wonderful. Thank you for this great recipe.

    • Melissa
      December 30, 2018 at 2:20 pm

      so glad you like it! 🙂

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