Black Eyed Pea Salsa

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by Carey Sue Vega in Family, Recipes

Did you grow up with the tradition of eating Black Eyed Peas on New Year’s Day?  Along with cabbage and corn beef?  I did, and black eyed peas can be a bit boring all by themselves.  So, a few years ago, in an effort to get creative and kick things up a notch, we found a black eyed pea salsa recipe from Ree Drummond’s website and tweaked it a bit to make it into what has turned out to be an annual staple in our house!  Every year we reflect and try to remember exactly what we did differently – so this year, I thought I’d add it to the blog to save time and wondering ‘if’ and ‘maybe’ from here on out….

Here’s what you’ll need.

For the Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup Olive Oil
  • 1/3 cup Red Wine Vinegar (or regular)
  • 2-3 Tablespoons Xylitol or Stevia (or real old-fashioned Sugar is you don’t have a natural sugar substitute on hand)
  • 1 teaspoon Celery Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dry Ground Mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • Freshly Ground Pepper, to taste

Veggies and Peas:

  • 3 stalks Celery Finely Chopped
  • 3 stalks Green Onions, Sliced
  • 1 whole Red Bell Pepper, chopped (add some orange and yellow bell pepper too if you want it to be a bit more festive looking, aka confetti).
  • 1 whole Jalapeno (optional – but highly recommended), Seeded And Chopped
  • 1 cup (or More If Desired) Chopped Cilantro
  • 2 cans Black-eyed Peas, Drained and Rinsed

Mix together dressing ingredients and set aside.  Combine all of the vegetables (except cilantro) with black eyed peas. Pour the dressing over the top and gently stir together. Then add the cilantro and stir gently.

Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour (it needs to ‘chill’ so all of the ingredients can meld and do their thing). Serve with tortilla chips…or just eat it with a spoon 🙂 (it’s really good!)

Let me know if you fix it and how you served it?  And if YOU have a fun twist on a traditional favorite – please share!  We love trying new things!

You may have noticed I’m a fan of ‘salsa’-ing up traditional recipes – if you like this one, you will love the Cranberry Salsa!


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