A Southern Black Eyed Pea Salad

In the South folks feel pretty strongly about their black-eyed peas! They even love their black-eyed peas in salad.  Here is a twist on a contemporary Southern dish.
Makes for a perfect side dish for a cookout or a picnic, served up with grilled meats, delicious!
Black-Eyed Pea Salad
Serves 6
Recipe adapted from Emeril

5 cups cooked and drained dried black-eyed peas
4 slices crisp cooked bacon, crumbled, fat reserved separately
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup finely chopped red onions (1/2 medium onion)
1/2 cup finely chopped red bell peppers
3 tablespoons finely chopped green onions
2 tablespoons finely chopped jalapenos
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
1-1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
1-1/12 teaspoons Emeril’s Original Essence
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1.  Combine the black eyed-peas, bacon, 3 tablespoons reserved bacon fat, and all the remaining ingredients in a large bowl; toss well to combine.  Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or preferably overnight, stirring occasionally.
2.  Allow the salad to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before serving.  Toss well just before serving.

49 thoughts on “A Southern Black Eyed Pea Salad

  1. Velva, I love any kind of bean salad, they are so versatile, inexpensive and filling. And if you omit the bacon, good for vegetarians. Have a great holiday, friend.


  2. Velva Hi, I love this bean. Here are two names for him: black-eyed beans or string bean. It is delicious! I love salads. Thanks!


  3. …and what kind of cocktails goes with this? ;)I can't think of the last time I've even had black-eyed peas. I think only once, years ago! I love beans! This salad looks gorgeous.


  4. I'm loving this, Velva. It couldn't be easier and everyone will love it.What does Emeril's essense taste like? I know about it and there's probably a recipe for it someplace, but I've never used it.


  5. that is absolutely perfect in every way. The colors, the flavors the way you blended it all with the peas. Southern true and true and one I can't wait to try! Thanks for stopping by the other day! Your blog is fantastic!


  6. This looks delicious! I always think as the weather warms that I won't want hearty dishes like this, but they still have their place. I could go for a bowl right now!


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