Looking for a delicious and healthy salad to add to your meal plan? Look no further than this black eyed pea salad with corn!
This delicious salad is packed full of nutrients, and it's perfect for a quick and easy weeknight dinner. Plus, it's got a kick of flavor that everyone will love. So give this recipe a try today!
It's the perfect summer salad and healthy soul food fare. You can also use it to maintain your New Year's Day Southern style tradition of eating tasty black eyed peas. It's got it all - texture, crunch, bite, tanginess, sweetness, and savory.
Even better, this Southern black eyed peas recipe is extremely versatile. In addition to being a great side dish, it can be used as condiment to grilled meats or a chunky salsa paired with tortilla chips.
Growing up black eyed pea salad was almost as common as "sweet" tea during the hot summer months. Keep in mind Texas summers are about 8 months long! However I didn't eat it much, primarily because my grandmother made the world's best potato salad.
During our barbecues I'd have a plate that consisted of only potato salad and grilled meats. There was no room for beans, black eyed peas, nor slaw. If I did eat them back then it was mainly as leftovers.
What I remembered about her black eyed pea salad was that it was refreshing and could be eaten on for days. As a matter of fact it got even better after sitting a day or two undisturbed afterwards.
Beats and Eats (music to pair with black eyed pea salad)
During my time in Chicago, my chef partner in crime, George Outlaw came up with his own version and to say it was a hit would be an understatement. George has the magic touch, and I have no interest in trying to replicate something that's damn near perfect. It'd be like all these movie directors and music artists who remake those classic great songs.
Now I will say if you going to remake a classic do it like Meshell Ndegeocello. You can choose any or all of recent covers of 80's soul music on her Ventriloquism. It's a genius album and though I don't have a favorite (too hard to choose) "Don't Disturb This Groove" is most apt to my current moment. Life is good...
Typical Black eyed Pea Salad Ingredients
Deep in the Lone Star State, we, not to be like other states/regions refer to black eyed pea salad as "Texas Caviar." There are many variations, but the core ingredients are:
- Canned Corn (sweet)
- Canned Black eyed Peas
- Red onions
- Grape or Cherry Tomatoes
- Green Bell Pepper (or any other color) - i like different colors like yellow, green, or red pepper
- Greens (choose from any like mustard greens, arugula, spinach, etc.)
- Fresh Cilantro
- Rice Wine Vinegar
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Sugar (optional)
- Sea or Kosher Salt
- Frozen Crawfish (optional)
- Apple (optional)
How to make Texas Caviar (step by step)
This recipe is too easy for instructions, but I'll list out a few steps
Step 1: Mix the Vegetables
Combine the onions, bell pepper, corn, cucumbers, jalapenos, tomatoes, greens, apples, and black eyed peas in a large mixing bowl. If using crawfish, add here.
Step 2: Make the Vinaigrette
In a separate small bowl whisk together the rice wine vinegar, lime juice, olive oil, cilantro, salt, and pepper
Step 3: Toss the Pea Salad
Add the vinaigrette to the vegetables mix. Stir well and let marinate undisturbed in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
Black Eyed Pea Salad Cooking Tips and Considerations
I used canned black eyed peas and canned corn for convenience and time-saving. I don't recommend fresh peas since it just adds too much time. Frozen peas and frozen corn are great alternatives.
This dish also works with other peas like purple hull peas.
Be sure to drain and rinse your canned vegetables before adding them to the salad.
Avoid using seasoned canned black eyed peas or seasoned corn for that matter. The flavors will likely be at odds with the homemade salad dressing as well as some of the other salad ingredients
This salad need not be complicated, so keep things simple and just focused on quality ingredients.
Recipe calls for jalapenos, but feel free to sub in your favorite sweet or spicy chili. Heat can throw the balance off so be careful. I prefer to remove seeds and veins personally
I like honeycrisp apples which are extra crispy, sweet and juicy.
Pears are alternatives to apples
To make this dish vegan exclude the crawfish
Acid options beyond rice wine vinegar include champagne vinegar, red wine vinegar or any other milder vinegars. I like the milder profile of rice wine vinegar, just be sure to use unseasoned version. Some recipes call for balsamic vinegar, but I avoid because the flavor is too strong and distinct.
Feel free to substitute red peppers for the green bell peppers.
Where possible with the exception of the peas, use fresh ingredients - fresh tomatoes (go with cherry tomatoes over canned), fresh herbs
Other ingredients that work well in this dish include fresh basil, parsley, oregano, and spices like a nice smoky paprika
To add even more flavor to this dish, try adding some diced avocado or a dollop of Greek yogurt.
We eat black eyed pea salad primarily as a side dish. However, it's delicious as a steak or grilled salmon topping. It's also a great appetizer when used as a dip for salty tortilla chips.
Checkout this detailed breakdown of black eyed peas for more info on all things peas.
Frequently Asked Questions About Black Eyed Pea Salad?
How long will this salad keep?
This salad is best served fresh, but it will keep in the fridge for a day or two.
Do canned black-eyed peas need to be rinsed?
Yes, definitely rinse the peas. Canned peas contain a lot of salt typically so rinsing removes much of it.
Can I Use Fresh Black eyed Peas?
Cooked black eyed peas are what you're going for so whether you start with dried black eyed peas or fresh ones and cook them you'll be fine. However, there is no need for any of that since you can enjoy the convenience of canned with no sacrifice on taste. Frozen black eyed peas are next optimal option given the convenience + health play.
Can You Use Fresh Crawfish?
Yes, but you'll need to be mindful of the seasons. Frozen crawfish can be used off-season or just for convenience. Just be sure make sure they're sourced domestically.
How Long Is Crawfish Season?
For those of you who have the time to break down fresh crawfish do so. Just know you'll be limited by the season. Crawfish aren't available all season long and depending on whether you're sourcing them from Texas or Louisiana the range of time varies.
There are a few different variables that shape length of the season, but climate is a big factor. The warmer and wetter it is the longer the season. Best case you're looking at November to July, but spring and early summer are optimal times for wild caught crawfish.
These days you have crawfish farms, especially in Louisiana. Crawfish season can be extended to as long as January to August.
Similar to Southern potato salad, this is your quintessential barbecue side. Serve with your normal bbq fare or be inspired by a few options below:
For similar recipes you might like, try any of these:
Seafood Stew with Crawfish and Scallops
Cherry Tomato Salad with Whipped Feta
Wedge Salad with Pomegranate Glaze
Make This Sothern Salad Recipe
This black eyed pea salad is the perfect dish for a quick and easy weeknight dinner. It's packed full of nutrients, and it's got a kick of flavor that everyone will love. So give this recipe a try today! And be sure to use these tips and considerations when cooking to ensure the best results.
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For the Salad
- 15 oz black-eyed peas canned, drained
- 15 oz Canned Corn
- 12 oz Frozen Crawfish Tails
- ½ medium red onion finely chopped
- 1 small red bell pepper finely chopped
- ½ lb Grape Tomatoes
- 1 medium jalapeno seeded and finely chopped
- 1 medium Cucumber seeded and finely chopped
- 3 leaves Mustard Greens finely chopped
- 1 cup Arugula finely chopped
- 1 apple diced
For the Vinaigrette
- 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro leaves chopped
- 2 tablespoon unseasoned rice wine vinegar
- 1 medium lime juiced
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
- 1 teaspoon Black Pepper
- Combine the salad ingredients in a large bowl.
- In a separate small bowl, whisk together the rice wine vinegar, lime juice, olive oil, and salt and pepper.
- Toss salad with the vinaigrette. Mix together well and let marinate up to 8 hours in the refrigerator before serving.
- Feel free to use frozen, fresh or canned black-eyed peas. If you choose to fresh/dried just be sure not to cook too long as you want the peas to tight with a crunch.
- This salad need not be complicated, so keep things simple and just focused on quality ingredients.
- Recipe calls for jalapenos, but feel free to sub in your favorite sweet or spicy chili. Heat can throw the balance off so be careful. I prefer to remove seeds and veins personally
- I like honeycrisp apples which are extra crispy, sweet and juicy.
- Pears are alternatives to apples
- Acid options beyond rice wine vinegar include champagne vinegar, red wine vinegar or any other milder vinegars. I like the milder profile of rice wine vinegar, just be sure to use unseasoned version
- Other ingredients that work well in this dish include diced cucumbers, parsley, oregano, and spices like a nice smoky paprika
Monday 23rd of May 2022
I love the flavors in this salad! I had never made a black eyed pea salad before but I'll be making this all the time now!
Monday 23rd of May 2022
Great recipe! Love that it’s hearty enough on its own for a meal but that it can also make a great side. Yum!
Monday 23rd of May 2022
We loved this black-eyed peas salad. It was easy, fuss-free, and delicious. It will go into our rotation. Thanks so much for your recipe.
Sunday 22nd of May 2022
what a perfect combination of flavors! I made these for friends who came over for dinner and they wholeheartedly agreed this recipe was a keeper!
amy liu dong
Saturday 21st of May 2022
I love how simple and fresh this recipe is. Aside from that, it's easy to make!