Mixed Greens with Smoked Ham, Black-Eyed Peas, and Roasted-Red-Pepper Dressing
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
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.
This salad needs a crisp and frankly fruity red to contrast its smoky flavors. Beaujolais, easy to find and easier to drink, is a perfect choice.