Saturday, March 24, 2012

Search-Your-Soul Black-Eyed Pea Salad

Citizens shooting kids on the street?  Really?  Has Florida become Dodge City?

Search-Your-Soul Black-Eyed Pea Salad
Makes 8 servings

This tasty salad is guilty of being delicious, but it will only do you good.

1 cup black-eyed peas, rinsed
1 large jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
3 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1 tsp. sugar
3/4 tsp. Kosher salt
1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup oil (olive or canola)
2 shallots, chopped
3/4 cup each chopped red and yellow pepper
1/4 cup chopped parsley
3 cloves garlic, minced

Soak peas overnight (see note); drain.  Bring peas in medium saucepot with enough water to cover by 2 inches to boil.  Reduce heat to simmer and cook 30 minutes or until tender; drain.

Place jalapeno, vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper in blender container; pulse until smooth.  With motor running, gradually add oil until smooth and creamy, about 30 seconds.

Combine black-eyed peas, shallots, peppers, parsley and garlic; add dressing.  Toss lightly to combine.  Serve on lettuce-lined platter.

To soak peas quickly, cover with 2-inches water and bring to a boil for 3 minutes.  Remove from heat, cover and let stand 1 hour.  Drain and proceed as directed.

Serve with cornbread.

Substitute 2 cans (15-1/2 oz. each) black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained, for 1 cup dried black-eyed peas.  Skip black-eyed peas cooking step.

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