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Mexican Black-eyed Pea Salad with Lime Vinaigrette

Tender little beans with their black-eyed wink, tossed with crunchy diced red pepper and cucumber, and minced fresh green jalapeño pepper and cilantro, all coated in tangy lime vinaigrette, all easy and quick–here comes luck, wealth, and health, with Mexican black-eyed pea salad! 

Mexican Black-eyed Pea Salad | Letty's Kitchen

¡Feliz Año Nuevo! Black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day is a tradition worth keeping. And since we’re celebrating in Baja Mexico, this year I’m making a zesty politely-spiced salad with south of the border flavors.

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Many say, to represent wealth for the new year, we should include some sort of green with our black-eyed peas. Often collards are the green, particularly in the southern US. For sure cilantro covers that green, but if you want to make sure you’re in the money, stir in some chopped arugula or spinach. This salad is also nice on top of a bed of mixed lettuce greens, also dressed in the lime vinaigrette.

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ingredients for Mexican Black-eyed Pea Salad | Letty's Kitchen

Mexican black-eyed pea salad is a lot like the chunky salsa known as Texas caviar. You can serve it as a dip with tortilla chips, like they do in the lone star state. You could add corn kernels and mango chunks and make a unique relish that happens to be perfect with sunny-side-up eggs. Just saying.

The jalapeño chile zing going on here is pleasingly fresh, sort of citrusy, and really quite mild. Or else I’m getting used to more picante heat the more time I spend in Mexico… Anyway, if you prefer, use just half of a jalapeño.

Thank you dear readers, for being here, for subscribing, cooking and commenting this past year. It’s my wish that the recipes on this blog encourage you into the kitchen to cook delicious healthful food. As we head into the New Year, and always, may good luck, excellent health, and abundance flow to you easily.

Mexican Black-eyed Pea Salad | Letty's Kitchen

Mexican Black-eyed Pea Salad kitchen notes:

  • Black-eyed peas are easy to cook from scratch: Add 1 ½ cups rinsed beans to a large pot with 4 quarts of water. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook 45 minutes or so, until tender. Even faster–cook un-soaked beans in a pressure cooker 10 to 11 minutes, then quick release the pressure.
  • You can swap the jalapeño with a serrano chile, serranos being slimmer and more picante than jalapeños. As with all green chiles, to focus on flavor, cut out the seeds and veins, which carry the most heat.
  • About removing the seeds and veins from small chiles: I’ve been using a grapefruit spoon for the job. Cut the chile in half and hold the stem end while scraping out the seeds, or hold the chile down with a fork, trying not to touch the chile. Wearing gloves is a very good idea, and touching the eyes is not.

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Mexican Black-eyed Pea Salad | Letty's Kitchen
Mexican Black-eyed Pea Salad
Prep Time
20 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

Tender black-eyed peas, tossed with crunchy diced red pepper and cucumber, fresh jalapeño pepper and cilantro, with lime vinaigrette--this is an easy potluck salad all year long. Makes about 5 cups. Serves 6 to 10, depending of course on portion size.

Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 8 people
Author: Letty | Letty's Kitchen
Ingredients
  • 2 cans black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained, (3 to 3 ½ cups cooked beans
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 red bell pepper diced in ½-inch chunks, about 1 cup
  • ½ cup cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced in ½ inch chunks
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3 tablespoons fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon-style mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ¾ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Mix the black-eyed peas, onions, red pepper, jalapeño pepper, and cilantro in a bowl.
  2. In another bowl, whisk together the lime juice, olive oil, mustard, garlic, oregano, salt, and a generous grind of black pepper.
  3. Pour the vinaigrette over the salad and toss until everything is well coated. Taste and adjust seasoning, adding more salt and pepper if needed.
  4. Refrigerate at least one hour to allow the flavors to blend. Taste before serving—you may need to add more salt.
  5. Serve chilled.
Mexican Black-eyed Pea Salad with Red Pepper. This healthy vegan recipe has a lime vinaigrette dressing and a polite touch of jalapeño chile. #salad #recipe #blackeyedpeas #healthyrecipes

4 comments

  • I hope to have a little Baja in my immediate future as well. Maybe a spoonful of Mexican Black Eyed Peas will bring me the luck I need to make it happen. GREG Reply · 4 January, 2017

    • Thanks Greg! Are you planning on Valle de Guadalupe again? Reply · 8 January, 2017

  • Megan

    This is one of my favorites! Just made a huge batch to take to a New Year’s Day party! Letty, thank you for sharing all of your tasty recipes! Reply · 1 January, 2018

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