Spicy Black Eye Pea Salad

I consider myself a good Southerner and I tend to stick to tradition as much as anyone when it comes to welcoming in a new year. I never hang up my new calendar for the new year until January 1st ( much to my daughter’s chagrin) and I always eat my black eye peas on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. That’s not to say that I get up and particularly look forward to eating a big bowl of black eye peas. Culinarly speaking, black eye peas are pretty bland and can become pretty monotonous very quickly. But, like most inherently plain foods, black eye peas can handle all different kinds of flavor profiles. Especially spicy ones. And I LOVE spicy flavor profiles.

So, this recipe is something I whipped up to help liven up the yearly dose of black eye peas. Hopefully the extra kick of spice will guarantee us even more prosperity in the new year. It’s worth a shot anyway. Happy New Year!!

Spicy Black Eye Pea Salad
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Spicy Black Eye Pea Salad

Course side dish
Cuisine american
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 235 kcal


  • 1 can black eye peas drained and rinsed, 15oz.
  • 1 oz can kernel corn drained, 15
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • ¼ cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 small jalapeno pepper seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 T ground cumin
  • 1 t . grated fresh ginger
  • 1 t . kosher salt
  • 1-2 T fresh lime juice
  • 4 slices of bacon fried and 1 T fat reserved


  1. In a large bowl, mix together peas, corn, tomatoes, cilantro, ginger and jalapeno. In a small bowl , whisk together the cumin, salt, lime juice and warm bacon fat. Drizzle over the pea mixture and toss to combine. Crumble the bacon slices and sprinkle on top. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Nutrition Facts
Spicy Black Eye Pea Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 235 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 14mg 5%
Sodium 750mg 31%
Potassium 447mg 13%
Total Carbohydrates 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 7g 28%
Sugars 4g
Protein 11g 22%
Vitamin A 6.4%
Vitamin C 17.5%
Calcium 4.4%
Iron 22.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Jodie is a wife, mom, writer and lover of chickens and gardens. She runs her family's winery by day and cooks and writes by night.

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