Salvere Recipe: Black Eyed Pea Salad

Black Eyed Peas — Know for bringing good luck in the new year, if you eat them on New Years Day!  Or some of you may only know them as a music group. This funky looking legume holds a special place for me going back to college – As part of our nutrition degree, we had to plan, cost out, organize “staff” and prepare a meal for 50 people.  With our classmates acting as our restaurant employees, we actually served paying customers (the staff and select students could come by for lunch!).  Well, my meal was the infamous lucky meal of Black Eyed Peas and ham!

What exactly are these “peas”? Actually, not peas at all but part of the legume family — And you can find them fresh this time of year at your local farmers market. They freeze quite well so buy extra and save them for January 1st. These beans do more for your health then bring you good luck. You will find them full of fiber, Vitamin K, some B vitamins and potassium.

Enjoy this cold salad at your next cookout!

black eyed pea salad

Black Eyed Pea Salad

  • Juice from 1 lime
  • 2/3 cup of vinegar (rice, red wine, white balsamic or champagne)
  • 1 cup chopped cilantro
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp agave nectar or honey (optional)

In large bowl, whisk together vinegar, lime juice and cilantro.  Slowly add olive oil while constantly whisking.

  • 5 cups cooked black-eyed peas
  • 10 scallions, roughly chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and finely chopped
  • 1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, chopped (optional)
  • 1 medium cucumber, seeded and finely chopped (optional)
  • 2 serrano peppers or 1 habanero or Scotch bonnet chile, stemmed, seeded, and minced (optional)
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Add all the above ingredients to the bowl with the dressing.  Season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir and refrigerate.

For complete meal add:  Cooked brown rice, quinoa or millet and sliced avocado.

by Lisa Martin, owner and personal trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. If you’d like to contact Lisa, email her at or call her at (410) 707-0055.

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