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Black-Eyed Pea Salad with Avocado and Jalapeno

“I've had a lot of compliments and requests for this recipe over the years. My husband loves it, and it's especially great on hot days. The salad dressing keeps the avocado from turning dark, even if you have leftovers-which doesn't happen often!” A fun alternative to pasta or potato salad. —Nancy Cariker, Bakersfield, California
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 10 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1 can (15-1/2 ounces) black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 large tomato, diced
  • 1 medium ripe avocado, peeled and diced
  • 1/3 cup chopped green pepper
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1/3 cup Italian salad dressing


  • In a large serving bowl, combine all the ingredients; toss to coat. Serve with a slotted spoon.
Editor's Note
Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 237 calories, 14g fat (2g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 562mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 7g fiber), 7g protein.

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  • Mooster270
    May 6, 2015

    The flavors work together nicely

  • Idella Rogers
    Jul 25, 2013

    I have taken this to the last two reunions we've had. I doubled the recipe and still didn't come home with any.

  • ljdeem
    Oct 19, 2010

    Made this as a side with some Chicken Enchiladas and the family devoured it all!!

  • mbranch
    Jun 16, 2010

    Made this for a party - everyone loved it!

  • savoyjk
    Jun 11, 2010

    My family loves this recipe. We eat it with chips like a salsa!

  • craigsuem
    May 24, 2010

    Excellent! We aren't big on black-eyed peas, so I substituted black beans. I also added celery, mined garlic and kidney beans.

  • kcsaustin
    Mar 7, 2010

    This was a great salad. I didn't have avocado& used dried cilantro, but it was delicious. I made in the morning and let it marinade in refrig until dinner. I'll definitely make again.

  • catzook
    May 26, 2009

    My family loves this. Great flavor for a summer salad.

  • carybouska
    May 13, 2009