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Serves : 4

Roasting the red peppers and lacing them with balsamic vinegar gives an appealing touch of sweetness to the dressing; it's a real winner. Try it on its own over grilled chicken or shellfish. Slideshow: More Terrific Salads

How to Make It

Step 1    

Roast the pepper over a gas flame or grill or broil it, turning with tongs until charred all over, about 10 minutes. When the pepper is cool enough to handle, pull off the skin. Remove the stem, seeds, and ribs. Cut the pepper into pieces.

Step 2    

In a blender, combine the roasted pepper, the garlic, vinegar, oil, salt, and black pepper. Puree until smooth.

Step 3    

In a large bowl, combine the greens with the ham and black-eyed peas. Serve the salad with the dressing spooned over the top.

Chef's Notes

Variation If you'd rather use frozen black-eyed peas, cook them according to the package directions, drain, and let cool before adding them to the salad. Or you could substitute black beans or kidney beans.

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