Black Eyed Peas Salad is a festive, black eyed peas recipe that can be served as a salsa, salad, or side dish. Purple cabbage, bell pepper, carrot, cilantro, Serrano pepper, and lime give it a Mexican twist. Eat black eyed peas for good luck in the new year, or anytime!
Black Eyed Peas 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 usually displayed 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 ‘no salt added’ black eyed peas in a can?
This is 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.
You can 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 Peas Salad
- with tortilla chips for scooping
- as a burrito filling
- topped over tacos or nachos
- 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 Peas 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!
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.
Black Eyed Peas Salad
- 1 15oz can Black Eyed Peas or 1.5 cups cooked
- 1/2 cup Purple Cabbage grated
- 1/2 large Red Bell Pepper diced
- 1/2 small Red Onion diced
- 1 small Carrot grated
- 1 handful Fresh Cilantro chopped
- 1 Serrano Pepper seeded and finely chopped
- 1 Lime zested and juiced
- 1 clove Garlic finely grated
- 1 pinch Kosher Salt
- 1 pinch Black Pepper
- In a mixing bowl, toss together BLACK EYED PEAS, CABBAGE, BELL PEPPER, ONION, CARROT, CILANTRO, SERRANO PEPPER, LIME JUICE and ZEST, GARLIC, SALT, and PEPPER until well-combined.
- Cover and refrigerate up to 5 days; serve chilled.