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Kielbasa Summer Salad Recipe

Kielbasa Summer Salad Recipe

The unexpected combination of flavors and textures in this cool salad sparks taste buds. It can be a main course for a luncheon or a side dish at a dinner or a barbecue. I've gotten many compliments sharing it as a potluck dish. -Sara Primarolo, Sanquoit, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling YIELD:10 servings


  • 1 pound fully cooked smoked kielbasa or Polish sausage
  • 1 can (15-1/2 ounces) black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained
  • 2 medium tart apples, cut into 1/2-inch chunks
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 4 large green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon pepper


  • 1. Halve sausage lengthwise and cut into 1/4-in. slices. In a nonstick skillet, brown sausage. Drain on paper towels. In a bowl, combine peas, apples, green pepper, onions and sausage. Combine the dressing ingredients in a small bowl; mix well. Pour over sausage mixture and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight. Yield: 10 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 192 calories, 12g fat (0 saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 561mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 9g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 meat, 1 fat.

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Reviewed Feb. 2, 2014

"made this for super bowl ,everyone really enjoyed it . its a keeper ,so in my recipe box it goes . will be making it again .good combination of flavors ."

Reviewed Jan. 22, 2014

"I too have had similar success with this recipe, especially at church potlucks. People are unsure, and usually hesitant at first, but before the event is over, they are asking for the recipe. I love the heartiness of the salad, really could be a meal all in itself for a salad luncheon. I love to get a good crispy caramelization on the enhances the flavors. Love it and will make it again."

Reviewed Mar. 14, 2010

"I have made this recipe for a number of years now for family and friends and people always comment on how unexpected the combination of flavors and how good it is. I have handed out many copies of this recipe."

Reviewed Nov. 1, 2009

"It says its for summer, but I think its great for fall when apples are in season! Great for a low carb diet and quick to make! It works well with other sausages too!"

Reviewed Dec. 4, 2008

"I've had the same experience with taking this salad to potlucks! The combination of flavors is so very good!"

Reviewed May. 17, 2008

"I've taken this to several potlucks, and people always love it. A great, crisp, refreshing salad that's also hearty."

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