Black Eyed Pea Salad is a festive, black eyed peas recipe that can be used as a salsa, salad, or side dish. It’s super nutritious, made with black eyed peas, purple cabbage, bell pepper, carrot, cilantro, Serrano pepper, and lime. Eat black eyed peas for good luck in the new year, or anytime!
Black Eyed Pea Salad
I have loooooved black eyed peas for many years.
Not everyone can say that, but these healthy little legumes scream the things I want when I’m active…like flavor, texture, fiber, and protein.
This recipe, with the soft peas and crunchy veggies tossed with lime juice, Serrano pepper, and cilantro makes this one of best Tex-Mex salsas you’ll have up your sleeve.
Bonus! It’s gluten free and vegan!
How to cook frozen black eyed peas?
Frozen black eyed peas are used sold near / next to frozen vegetables at most grocery stores
To cook them, simply follow the cooking instructions on the package, but generally you boil them in water for about 20 minutes.
Did you know you can buy black eyed peas in a can? Yep! This might be the most convenient way to add black eyed peas to this salad as they require NO cooking.
How to cook dried black eyed peas
If you have dried black eyed peas, follow my No Soak Black Eyed Peas Recipe with cooking instructions for stove, oven, or Instant Pot.
Be sure to omit the ham, and seasonings (except salt and pepper) since you’ll be using the peas for this black eyed pea salad recipe.
How to serve Black Eyed Pea Salad
- with tortilla chips for scooping
- burrito filling
- taco or nacho topper
- as a side salad (grab a fork!)
Add corn, add avocado, whatever you like! It’s very versatile.
Be sure to make this recipe a day ahead so the ingredients can hang out overnight and build maximum flavor.
Black Eyed Pea Salad Ingredients
- canned black eyed peas
- purple cabbage
- red bell pepper (or tomatoes)
- red onion
- Serrano pepper
- fresh garlic
- salt and pepper
Kitchen tools I use for this recipe
- chef knife and cutting board
- microplane (to grate garlic)
- mixing bowl
- can opener (if using canned black eyed peas)
- stirring utensil
- airtight storage container
Why eat black eyed peas for the new year?
In the south, it’s believed that eating black eyed peas on New Year’s Day bring luck and prosperity to the coming year.
I’ve been on board with that tradition for many years.
It’s a delicious, nutritious, tradition…and a great excuse to bring friends and family together for one last holiday hurrah!
Need more Black Eyed Peas recipes?
Make a pot of No Soak Black Eyed Peas on New Year’s Eve and serve it up on Jan 1 with a pan of fresh baked cornbread!
Top it off with dessert and make my Black-Eyed Brownies, a gluten free brownie made with black eyed peas.