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Potluck Black-Eyed Pea Salad

 Potluck Black-Eyed Pea Salad
"Whenever I get asked to potluck parties, this salad usually gets an invitation, too," chuckles Joy Polito Young of New Bern, North Carolina. "Since it takes a little time for the flavors to meld, I sometimes toss it together a day ahead, then add the fresh peppers just before serving."
12 ServingsPrep: 20 min. + standing


  • 1 pound dried black-eyed peas
  • 1 cup fat-free Italian salad dressing
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cups chopped green pepper
  • 1 cup chopped sweet red pepper
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped green onions
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped seeded jalapeno peppers
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon hot pepper sauce


  • Place peas in a Dutch oven or soup kettle; add water to cover by
  • 2-in. Bring to a boil; boil for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat;
  • cover and let stand for 1 hour. Drain and rinse peas, discarding
  • liquid. Return peas to pan; cover with water. Bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour or until tender.
  • Drain peas and place in a large bowl. Add salad dressing and onion;
  • toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate until cool. Add the remaining
  • ingredients; toss gently. Yield: 12 servings.
Nutritional Facts: One serving (3/4 cup) equals 141 calories, 1 g fat (trace saturated fat), 1 mg cholesterol, 392 mg sodium,

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Nutritional Facts: 26 g carbohydrate, 7 g fiber, 8 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 vegetable, 1 starch.