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Black-Eyed-Pea Salad

Kevin Gillespie often serves this simple bean salad over thinly sliced tomatoes. "They act like a plate underneath," he says.

Kevin's Tip: In late summer, look for fresh black-eyed peas for salads.

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  • Servings: 4

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  • 1 cup dried black-eyed peas
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium sweet onion, finely diced
  • Salt
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 2 large celery ribs, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 2 tablespoons low-fat mayonnaise
  • 4 teaspoons cider vinegar
  • 4 large scallions, green parts only, thinly sliced
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Tabasco Sauce, for seasoning


  1. In a saucepan, cover the black-eyed peas with water and bring to a boil. Simmer over low heat until tender, 45 minutes. Drain.
  2. Meanwhile, in a skillet, heat the oil. Add the onion, season with salt and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until softened. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned, 8 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.
  3. Roast the bell pepper directly over a gas flame or under the broiler, turning, until charred. Let cool. Peel and seed the bell pepper; cut into 1/4-inch dice.
  4. In a saucepan of boiling salted water, cook the diced celery for 30 seconds. Drain, rinse under cold water and drain again.
  5. Add the mayonnaise and vinegar to the onion. Fold in the black-eyed peas, bell pepper, celery and scallions; season with salt, pepper and Tabasco. Chill before serving.


One serving 256 cal, 33 gm carb, 10 gm fat, 1.4 gm sat fat, 11 gm protein, 7 gm fiber.

Suggested Pairing

Citrusy Pinot Gris.

Contributed By Photo © Frances Janisch Published September 2010

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