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Picnic Peas Recipe

Picnic Peas Recipe

We love picnics here in the Midwest, and this pea salad is a perfect companion for fried chicken, hot dogs or hamburgers. I discovered this delicious recipe so long ago that I forgot where it came from.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:6 servings


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup minced celery
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled


  • 1. In a skillet, heat oil over medium-high. Saute green pepper, onion and celery. Add sugar, bay leaf, peas, tomatoes, half the tomato liquid, salt and pepper. Reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes. Remove to a bowl and sprinkle with bacon. Serve hot or at room temperature. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 137 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 4mg cholesterol, 548mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 4g fiber), 6g protein.

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2124arizona User ID: 845443 269150
Reviewed Jul. 8, 2017

"Black-eyed peas and bacon go together and they taste great in this wonderful side dish!!"

Isolda User ID: 2915263 57063
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2009

"This is a long-time favorite in my family and not just for picnics! We like it at room temperature best."

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