Blackeye Pea Salad Recipe
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Blackeye Pea Salad is quick and easy and so full of flavor. This simple Blackeye Pea Salad, also known as Redneck or Texas Caviar, is super scrumptious and perfect for an easy side dish or appetizer.
I’m not sure about other parts of the country, but we sure do like black-eyed peas here in the South. They are hard to resist when you see them on a menu at our local meat and three, and you can always find a can in our pantry for a dependable and tasty side dish. We enjoy them on New Year’s day in Hoppin’ John and any other day of the year seasoned with pork and accompanied with cornbread. (Side note, is it blackeye, black-eye or black eye? I see all versions. It’s blackeye on my can of beans, so I’m going with that.)
Anyway, regardless how you spell them, we do like the peas with the black eyes any way you can prepare them. This super easy Blackeye Pea Salad uses them straight out of the can for a salad filled with flavor that is perfect as a side or served with corn or tortilla chips for a party dip. As I said, Blackeye Pea Salad is a simple side dish, or appetizer that is a nutritional choice that is full of flavor. It can be quite addicting, to say the least, and fairly light in the calorie department too, which is always a good thing.
How to Make Blackeye Pea Salad
A few simple ingredients are all that is needed for this recipe: blackeye peas, purple/red onion, green onion, yellow bell pepper, cilantro, rice wine or white wine vinegar, canola oil, brown sugar, salt and pepper. The process is pretty simple. Basically, a bunch of chopping, a little mixing, and that’s it! And with bright, happy colors like the ones in this recipe, chopping and cutting can be therapeutic.
Once all of the chopping and mixing is done, you can serve it right away, or refrigerate and let everything mingle a bit until ready to serve. Personally, the salad does seem to taste better when it’s been given time to warm up a bit instead of straight out of the fridge. As an appetizer this salad is traditionally served with chips for dipping, but we also enjoy it with celery or cucumber for a lighter bite.
This recipe is a basic rendition of an old favorite. You can always add or substitute other types of peppers, onions or herbs. Maybe spice it up with a jalapeno, poblano or banana peppers for a bit of a kick? However you mix it, this Blackeye Pea Salad recipe is one to keep in your repertoire of quick and easy dishes. And it doesn’t hurt that it is yummy too!
Check out these easy bean recipes to add to your menus:
- Grilled Potato and Cannellini Bean Salad
- Italian Sausage Garbanzo Beans
- Easy Chicken and Black Bean Burritos
- Mexican Black Bean Pizza
Blackeye Pea Salad Recipe
Blackeye Pea Salad
This side dish or appetizer is sneaky good and super easy to make too!
- 2 (15 ounce) cans of blackeye peas, drained
- 1/2 cup red onion, diced (about 1/2 of medium onion)
- 1/2 cup yellow bell pepper, diced (about 1/2 of pepper)
- 2 tablespoons green onion, chopped (about 3 green onions)
- 1/3 cup cilantro leaves, rough chopped
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 1/4 cup rice wine or white wine vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- Begin by draining the peas.
- Dice the purple/red onion, green onion, yellow bell pepper and rough chop the cilantro.
- Mix together the black-eyed peas, onion, pepper and cilantro in a bowl.
- In a small bowl whisk together the vinegar, oil, brown sugar, salt and pepper, pour over the black-eyed pea/onion/pepper combo, mix well to combine.
- Serve right away or refrigerate until ready to serve.
* This salad does tend to taste better when it’s be given time to warm up to room temperature instead of straight out of the fridge.
This is right up my taste bud alley, Amy. I love the way you use cilantro, which right now is growing out of its spot in my herb garden. I’m putting this on the menu tomorrow.
I’m in love with cilantro in anything. I would love this with some “SCOOPS”.
gosh that looks good, i can see it on top of a tostada shell…..yummmmm
I want a big bag of blue corn chips and will dig right in!
I love the bright colors! I could eat the whole bowl!
Looks great. I love the simplicity of this kind of dish.
This not only sounds delicious but the colors are beautiful. I love to eat something that is also full of color.
i love the vibrant, colorful look of this, but that’s not my favorite part. the ease of preparation is also great. but no, my favorite part would be the magnificent medley of flavors and textures. good lord, i love me some legumes. 🙂
This looks fab! You can never go wrong with black eyed peas 🙂
This looks fantastic! I saw it briefly last night but never got to reading it. I am so writing this one down, it looks like a keeper to me! Thanks!
Nummy! And Gluten free!
I cannot wait to try this…and cannot believe I never have. If I were stranded on a desert island, I could live on them for the rest of my life. Weird. I know.
Yum is right. I’ve tried a very similar version to this once and was so addicted to it. This is so great for a warm day snack with some baked tortilla scoops!
That looks like a perfect Summertime dip. I love all the bright colors!
Love this recipe, Amy! I have a very similar one that I call Texas Caviar :-). Whatever you call it, it’s so good. Just give me a bowl of this and a bag of tortilla chips and I’m a happy, happy girl!
I haven’t had Black Eyed Peas since New Years….overdue.
I just made this for the first time. It is DELISH! I will be making this again. I love black eye peas and cilantro. Together they are so yummy. I did add some lemon juice for a bit more bite.
I forgot to rate. 5 star for sure
Such a stunning blog. I love the recipe too. My mouth is watering…this looks absolutely delicious and I like your presentations.
This is so yummy. I just made another batch and it’s chilling in the fridge. I added some chopped ripe mango with the veggies.
Oooh, Peggy! Mango sounds like a delicious addition.