• Dried black-eyed peas may be cheaper than canned. If using dried, cook according to package directions until peas are soft but not mushy. Drain, rinse, and add 3 cups cooked peas to salad. Use leftovers in other recipes later in the week.
  • Try chilling the salad. Serve it over cooked spinach or kale.
  • Use any type of vinegar you have on hand. Try balsamic, cider, or red or white wine vinegar.
  • Use black beans in place of black-eyed peas if you like.
  • When corn is in season, use fresh in place of canned. Cook 4 medium ears corn. Remove kernels from cob with a knife. Add to salad.


Recipe of the month

Serves: 10, 3/4 cup per serving

-1 medium bell pepper
-1 small red onion
-2 (15½ ounce) cans black-eyed peas
-1 (15¼ ounce) can corn kernels, no salt added
-3 Tablespoons canola oil
-2 Tablespoons vinegar
-1 teaspoon cumin
-¼ teaspoon salt
-½ teaspoon ground black pepper

Optional Ingredients:

¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves 


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1. Rinse and dice bell pepper, removing core and seeds. Peel, rinse, and dice onion.

If using, rinse and chop cilantro leaves.

In a colander, drain and rinse black-eyed peas and corn.

In a large bowl, add pepper, onion, peas, corn, cilantro if using, and remaining ingredients. Mix well.

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