Black-Eyed Pea Salad

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This right here is a beauty of a dish.  The way it looks is just the start.  This is one versatile bowl of beans.  Mainly, it is an excellent summer side dish to sandwiches and grilled meats, like the Brown Sugar Chicken.  It is also perfect to pack for picnics and potlucks.  A couple of spoonfuls rolled up in a sandwich wrap make for a nice light lunch and it is really tasty when scooped up with some good potato chips for a party dip. Aside from the creaminess of the beans, there is crunch from the onion and red pepper, sweetness from the tomatoes and vinaigrette, and a kick of heat from the jalapeño and hot sauce.  Each bite will tell you a different story.  I'm up to thirty-seven myself.  There's a whole lot going on in this bowl of beans!

Black-Eyed Pea Salad
6-8 servings

2 (15-ounce) cans black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed
4 plum tomatoes, quartered, seeded, and finely diced
1/2 medium red onion, finely diced
1 red bell pepper, seeded and finely diced
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely diced
2 Tablespoons chopped green onions
2 Tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1/4 cup unseasoned rice wine vinegar
3 Tablespoons canola oil
1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
Tabasco to taste (optional)
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

In a large bowl, combine the black-eyed peas, tomatoes, onions, peppers, green onions, and parsley.  In a separate bowl, whisk together the vinegar, oil, and sugar.  Pour the dressing over the black-eyed pea mixture and toss until combined.  Season to taste with tabasco, salt, and pepper.  Allow the salad to marinate for several hours in the refrigerator before serving. Enjoy!


  1. You're right - this is a beauty of a dish. Love the versatility of it.

  2. Looks and sounds fantastic! Would be a great way to get your black-eyed pea luck for the New Year.

  3. I love all the ideas you gave on how to use this! I always seem to forget about black-eyed peas and they sit in my cupboard for far too long even though I do like them. I'll have to dig some out and try this. Looks perfect for hot weather :)

  4. Mike-
    I definitely eat my black-eyed peas at the start of a new year:)

    It is hard for me to say what is my favorite to eat this, but it is definitely a delicious hot weather dish.

  5. I'm bookmarking this. It looks really delicious. Thanks :)

  6. Hi, I found you through the Shiksa picks. Glad I swung by. Kim

  7. I made this yesterday for my husband and I! Wanted you to know we LOVE this salad! I think it would be great for a pot luck too! Our taste buds were woken up!


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