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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.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    10-12 servings


  • 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


  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 184 calories, 11g fat (2g saturated fat), 3mg cholesterol, 287mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 4g fiber), 6g protein.

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    Dec 31, 2013

    I just took a taste to see how it is blending and this is delicious. I have to add the tomatoes and bacon and I know this is going to be a hit for New Year's this year!

  • belindajo
    Jun 16, 2012

    I made this today but used dry beans instead of canned. It was very good and refreshing. I added a hot pepper in addition to the sweet one and really liked the flavor with the fresh mint.

  • kitchey
    Apr 13, 2012

    I love cold bean salads, especially in the summer when it's too hot to cook...but, people are active and hungry!! This recipe is good, it's easy to fix (although i used dried black-eyed peas, after soaking them overnight) feeds a crowd..and, it contains Bacon!!!

  • wilbur07
    Jan 6, 2009

    I made this for our New Years Dinner for guests and it was a big hit. Had to make 2 extra copies. Very flavorful and easy to make. I will definitely make this again.