Michael’s Black-Eyed Pea Salad with Crunchy Scallions and Fresh Cilantro

by feastonthecheap on May 26, 2011

Mary Anne here. Well, it seems Michael is getting the hang of contributing to our little blog. This afternoon, in preparation for the holiday weekend, he whipped up this salad (it’s become a standard in our home) and actually WROTE DOWN the measurements – yippee!! Michael is a pretty cute guy and I think he gets a bit of a thrill when we feature one of his recipes, because after he put those peas on to boil, he suggested this might be a good addition to our holiday post, which highlights a few weekend menu ideas. Sweeeeet. And tres easy for moi. A Happy Memorial Day indeed!

PS, don’t forget to enter our West Bend Slow Cooker giveaway, which ends June 2, 2011.

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Michael’s Black-Eyed Pea Salad with Crunchy Scallions and Fresh Cilantro
Serves 10

Note: I enjoy this in its vegetarian form, but Michael has been known to sprinkle it with 4 or 5 slices of crisp, crumbled bacon when I’m not looking.

8 oz. dried black-eyed peas – $0.89
1 red pepper, seeded and diced – $1.49
3 scallions, diced – $0.79
1- 15 oz. can corn, drained (or 3-4 cups fresh off the cob) – $1.00
1 medium jalapeno, finely diced – $0.13
1/3 cup chopped cilantro – $1.19
salt and pepper to taste

For the Dressing:
1 Tablespoon Dijon-style mustard – stock
2 Tablespoons cider vinegar – stock
2 Tablespoons Canola oil – stock
1 or 2 Tablespoons honey
Grand Total Assuming Well-Stocked Pantry: $5.49
Total Per Serving: $0.55

1. In a medium saucepan, add the dried peas to 3-4 cups hot tap water. Bring to a boil for 2 minutes, then turn off the flame and allow the peas to sit in the hot water for 1 hour. (Keep the pot lid on.)

2. Meanwhile, prepare the dressing by whisking together the mustard, oil, vinegar, honey, and oil.

3. When the beans are done, drain and rinse them. In a large mixing bowl, combine all of the vegetables. Add the dressing, stirring well to combine.

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Jeanette May 26, 2011 at 11:01 am

What a nice healthy bean salad for the holiday weekend! Perfect for a BBQ!


Susie Bee on Maui (Eat Little, Eat Big) May 26, 2011 at 1:08 pm

That salad looks very appetizing and healthy to boot. Well done Michael!


Mandy - The Complete Cook Book May 27, 2011 at 5:36 am

Well done Michael on a brilliant salad and fresh coriander (cilantro) is my favourite of all herbs.
:-) Mandy


Kate@Diethood May 28, 2011 at 1:28 pm

I would inhale this salad… what a beauty!


feastonthecheap May 28, 2011 at 5:42 pm

I’ll tell Michael. Your comment will make him insufferable, but I can take it! :-) Have a Happy Memorial Day!


Rhonda May 29, 2011 at 12:31 pm

Looks like Michael needs to do more contributing! What a great salad for a New Years celebration also.


feastonthecheap May 29, 2011 at 8:31 pm

Ha! You’re right, Rhonda. Hadn’t thought of the New Year’s superstition. This salad is perfect. And he SHOULD contribute more – he just doesn’t like stopping to write down what he does. He makes the best pork tenderloin ever, but I still haven’t wrestled a recipe from him. Maybe if I tell him people want more from his counter top, he’ll give in and use a measuring cup! Hope you’re having a great weekend. Cheers!


Sandra December 30, 2013 at 12:07 pm

I’m making this for New Years! Anybody got a great cabbage dish recipe to go with?


feastonthecheap December 30, 2013 at 12:14 pm
Sandra December 30, 2013 at 12:59 pm

Sliders look amazing!!! Gotta run to the grocery! Thank you!


Nutmeg Nanny May 30, 2011 at 12:32 am

Yum! This salad looks great! I love cilantro. It makes everything taste so fresh and delicious.


Barbara @ Barbara Bakes May 30, 2011 at 10:13 am

I make a similar corn salad with black beans. I’ve never had black eyed peas. I’ll have to give it a try.


Sommer@ASpicyPerspective May 30, 2011 at 10:21 pm

Ya know, we don’t eat enough black-eyed peas around here. This looks amazing!


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