Eating Black-Eyed Peas on New Year’s Day is thought to bring prosperity and good luck in the year ahead.
Because it’s made with black-eyed peas and other veggies, this Healthy Black-Eyed Pea Salad is as nutritious as it is delicious and could just as easily be called Lucky Black-Eyed Pea Salad. Just one serving of my Healthy Black-Eyed Pea Salad is loaded with all things good for you including protein, iron, Vitamin A, potassium, folate and dietary fiber.
I don’t know about you but after the excesses of all of the rich food during the holidays, I’m ready for something lighter and healthier and this flavorful and colorful salad is just the ticket. And, because New Year’s Day is just about here, the timing couldn’t be more perfect! In the South, most southerners (including me) wouldn’t dream of starting off the New Year without a generous helping of black-eyed peas in one form or another.
You might notice that this Healthy Black-Eyed Pea Salad bears a striking resemblance to my Best Ever Easy Southern Caviar Dip and you are right. While my Southern Caviar Dip recipe uses fresh white acre peas, you could easily substitute black-eyed peas and vice versa. The only difference is the veggies and the dressing. My Caviar Dip could easily pass for a salad, and this Black-Eyed Pea Salad could just as easily be used as a dip. Both are very versatile!
How to make Healthy Black-Eyed Pea Salad!
Combine the cooked and drained black-eyed peas, tomato, bell peppers, celery, jalapeno, onions, and parsley in a medium-size bowl and mix well. Set aside.
Combine the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper in a small bowl and whisk until emulsified, or combine in a mason jar and shake well.
Pour over the black-eyed pea mixture and toss to combine.
Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight. Optional, before serving, squeeze the juice of 1/2 of a lime over the salad. Serve cold or at room temperature.
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