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Black-eyed Pea Salad

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.

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!

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