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Contest-Winning Black-Eyed Pea Salad

 Contest-Winning Black-Eyed Pea Salad
This is a wonderful recipe to serve any time of the year, but it's especially good with ripe cherry tomatoes picked fresh from the garden.
10-12 ServingsPrep: 15 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 1 package (16 ounces) frozen black-eyed peas
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen peas, thawed
  • 4 green onions, sliced
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 medium sweet yellow pepper, diced
  • 2 medium carrots, coarsely chopped
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh mint
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup white wine vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 pound sliced bacon, cooked and crumbled

Directions

  • Cook the black-eyed peas according to package directions; drain and
  • place in a large bowl. Stir in the peas, onions, celery, yellow
  • pepper, carrots and mint.
  • In a jar with a tight fitting lid, combine the oil, vinegar, garlic,
  • salt and pepper; shake well. Drizzle over salad; toss to coat. Cover
  • and refrigerate overnight. Top with tomatoes and bacon. Yield: 10-12
  • servings.

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Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (3/4 cup) equals 184 calories, 11 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 3 mg cholesterol, 287 mg sodium, 16 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 6 g protein.