Sunday, January 2, 2011

Black eyed pea salad

Apparently if you want luck in the new year you need to eat Black Eyed Peas on New Year's Day.  I've heard this superstition for years but had never eaten black eyed peas, not on New Years Day or any other day.  Until yesterday.  They were good!  Will they bring me luck?  Only time will tell but when they did bring was a very filling, light, healthy salad that was the perfect start to 2011.

In an effort to avoid cans and BPA lining I cooked my black eyed peas in my pressure cooker for about 25 minutes-at full steam.  To be honest I think that was too much time, next time I'll go shorter, maybe 18 minutes or so and then release the steam to check them. 

Black Eyed Pea Salad
Down Home with the Neelys
  • 1 large tomato, diced
  • 1/2 medium red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 small red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, finely chopped (I removed most of the seeds)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onions (omitted because I forgot to buy them)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup unseasoned rice wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 (15 oz) cans black eyed peas, drained (used about 2 1/2 cups of uncooked black eyed peas)
Combine the first six ingredients in a bowl.

In a separate small bowl, whisk together the vinegar through the salt and pepper.

Toss all together and marinate up to 8 hours in the refrigerator (mine marinated over night)

Stir before serving and hope you get lucky!


  1. This is right up my ally... I can't wait to try this! Mom made black eyed peas yesterday the good ol southern way with country ham. And I enjoyed my fair share! But tomorrow I start back on eating healthy and I see this salad in my future!

  2. That's great, Jaime, can't wait to hear how you like it. I really enjoyed it.


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