Monday, March 7, 2011
Black eyed pea salad
Until January 1, 2011 I do not believe I had ever actually eaten a black eyed pea-I certainly loved their music though-but I must confess I did not think I'd like them-I judged them because I did not know how to prepare them, they were foreign to me. I should have known better. I loved the salad I made on New Year's Day this year but had not gotten around to making more, until tonight.
Cilantro and avocado black eyed pea salad
a Krista kitchen creation
2 cups cooked black eyed peas (I used my pressure cooker and allowed dry beans to cook at full pressure for 10 minutes, after that I removed it from the heat and allowed it to sit another five before releasing the pressure)
3/4 avocado, diced
1/4 red onion, finely diced
1/2 cup grape tomatoes, halved
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1/4 cup light oil
sea salt to taste.
Cook the beans and set aside until ready to use. Place the diced vegetables and herbs in a medium bowl, add the cooked and drained black eyed peas, coat with oil and vinegar, season with salt to taste.
I love how filling the salad is, yet light at the same time. I served this with a cabbage and sugar pea slaw, steamed asparagus and crispy tofu-the boys had chicken sausages. I think we will definitely be experimenting with more flavor combinations to compliment this very nutritious bean.