Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Black-eyed pea salad....yummy!

Do y'all remember back at the beginning of the year, when I was whinging and whining and carrying on like a headless chicken about black-eyed peas being so hard to find here in Oz?

Well, Miz K messaged me and told me that she had found them at her local IGA for $1.99 a bag ...
So... while we were in Melbourne for the Neil Young concert last month,
the old guy and I hoofed ourselves over to Miz K's grocery store and bought 10 bags of good ol' black eyed peas.
TEN bags !!
Because, you just never know when you're going to get a craving, do you? And you never know how many years it'll be before you find more.

Then last night while doing a major shop, I came across the new "international" section of my local grocery store... and guess what they had!!
They had black eyed peas - from the US, no less!!
And they were only $1.69 a bag!
Okay, okay, I know that I already had 10 bags in the cupboard, but my momma didn't raise no fools... so I bought another 10.
Now I have 20.

And guess who had a craving this afternoon? Yep... me.
Well, maybe it had a bit to do with not having enough cupboard space for those 20 bags, but I swear.. I had a craving too.
"Black-eyed pea salad" sounded just about perfect for dinner tonight, so that's what we had.

The salad's quick and easy to make
(once the peas are cooked, or if you use canned)
and it was just the perfect light supper, served with corn muffins... Mmm mmm mmm!

This isn't my photo, but my camera batteries are flat, so this is the best I could do.
Imagine chopped cukes and extra jalapenos..Oh My!!)

Black-eyed Pea Salad.
3-4 cups cooked black eyed peas ( or 2 15oz cans)
1 large tomato, diced
1/2 medium red onion, thinly sliced (I used more)
1 small red bell pepper (capsicum), finely chopped
1 jalapeno, finely chopped ( I used much more - thank you Miz K!!)
2 tablespoons chopped green onions (spring onions)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
1/2 cup diced cucumber
(a little crispy fried bacon (chopped) is good too, but I didn't have any)

Toss the ingredients into a bowl a mix lightly and then set aside while you make the dressing.
Bottled Italian dressing is good too.

3-4 T balsamic vinegar
2-3 T olive oil
salt and freshly ground black pepper
In a cup , mix balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Pour over the vegetables and toss lightly.

Cover, and chill in the refrigerator 8 hours, or overnight...
We ate ours as soon as it was prepared... but I also like it when the black-eyed peas are still hot, as well.


Treehouse Chef said...

This recipe looks delicious! I have never made black-eyed peas before. I am going to make this for sure! BTW-beautiful photo!

Marcy said...

Thanks for posting the recipe! I'll be trying this one! I'm trying to eat more veggies & less meat & this looks like it would be great!

Neas Nuttiness said...

I love me some black-eyed peas! I buy a can and drain it well. Then I add a can of drained yellow shoepeg corn, some drained petite diced tomatoes, a chopped cucumber, and diced green bell pepper. Next, I grab a bottle of Kraft Done Light Italian dressing, and pour in about half of the bottle, then stir till it's all combined. Now comes the hard part...put the mixture in the fridge for at least a couple of hours. It's best after sitting for a while. Now, take it out and start scooping it up wiht some Frito's. YUM YUM!

Nancy M. said...

I never thought y'all had IGA over there. Cool! I can't blame you for buying that many, when you find something you love, you grab it!

SassyDog said...

Darn it, Libby beat me to it. I was going to tell you anout Texas caviar or cowboy caviar. It is so very yummy with the big dip Fritos!
I add sliced green onions,sliced black olives and rotel tomatoes with green chilies. I don't use cucumber. So good it'll make you slap your brains out!

SassyDog said...

P.S. I use the whole 8oz of Kraft Zesty Italian, none of that light diet stuff for me!

Tatersmama said...

I thought about adding olives and maybe some chopped hard boiled eggs as well. Hm? What do you think about the eggs?
I could eat this anytime, so I'll try all your dressing suggestions and I'll try and find me some Fritos too. *slurp*

Staci said...

you know ive never liked BEP's but this does look rather


Robynn's Ravings said...

YUM KATIE!! If my robes are not "Stinky" I will head over and buy some black eyed peas. I don't even like them but I might be able to enjoy them all gussied up like this. And it would be so bonding to think we are eating the same salad! LOL We must bond over things you can't normally get.

Tatersmama said...

Treehouse Chef, If you've never made them before, try a can first... I know you'll go back and buy a bag! lol!

Marcy, The same here! These are yummy and filling and even my kids will eat them if I leave the jalapenos out. ;-)

Libby, Patience is NOT my strong suite! But I guess if Fritos are involved, I can wait a leeeeetle while...

SassyDog, Do you really think it's wise for me to slap my brains out? I must have eaten this in the past - So can that be my excuse??

Staci, Like they used to say: "TRY it, you'll LIKE it!"
scrumpdidilyupshous... I haven't heard that in ages !! lol!

Robynn, Be grateful, Juan Pablo, today is especially delicious.

We'll make a bonding pact, okay? And maybe someday, it can involve Reeses PB cups?
But * Hey. Leggo my blouse.*

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness! That looks and sounds just like something we would like here. If it has black-eyed peas in it, then my husband is sure to like it.
Thanks for the recipe.

Pam said...

Yay! I'm so glad you got some black-eyed peas! There is just no substitute for their special flavor. I love a good black eye pea salad!

Kurichan said...

Sorry....haven't checked your blog for a few days...kind of out of my routine! But I will have to try this recipe--sounds good and I did enjoy that cowboy caviar recipe I tried! :-)


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