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Black-Eyed Pea Salad

Legend has it that eating black-eyed peas with green lettuce on New Year’s Day will bring good luck and financial enrichment. The peas stand for good luck, and the greens symbolize paper money. This recipe is a lower-fat way of enjoying this tradition, which would normally be made with bacon fat. Have a healthy and prosperous 2009!

Serves: 1 cup



2 cups corn, frozen

1 (10 oz. pkg) black-eyed peas, frozen

3 Tbsp cider vinegar

1 tsp Dijon mustard

1 tsp salt

½ tsp black pepper

¼ tsp sugar

3 Tbsp olive oil

1/3 cup red onion, finely chopped

8 cups escarole, sliced




  1. Cook black-eyed peas according to package directions.
  2. Combine vinegar, mustard, salt, pepper and sugar in large bowl.
  3. Whisk in oil.
  4. Add corn, black-eyed peas, and red onion.
  5. Toss with escarole.
  6. Variation – add chopped ham for an entrée salad.