Sunday, January 1, 2012

Black Eyed Pea Salad + Happy New Year

Here is a family fave that I love to serve on New Years Day and on many other occasions throughout the year. In keeping with the Cajun tradition of eating black eyed peas for good luck and cabbage for prosperity in the the new year, these are  "must haves" on the Cajun table and guaranteed to please your guests. Bon appetit!

Black -Eyed Pea Salad

1 Creole tomato, seeded and chopped
1/2 cup each, red and green bell pepper, diced
1/2 cup of green onions, sliced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 cans (16 ounce) black eyed peas, rinsed and drained
1 stalk celery, diced
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley or cilantro
1 tsp. Cajun seasoning
3 slices bacon, fried crisp and crumbled, (optional)
Creole Vinaigrette, (recipe below)

Chop veggies and mix with peas in large bowl. Season with Cajun seasoning and prepare the vinaigrette and add to the veggie-pea mixture. Cover and marinate in fridge for 6 hours or more, stirring occasionally. Drain excess vinaigrette, top with bacon bits, and serve on cabbage leaves. Divine!  (photo courtesy of Google Images)

Creole Vinaigrette

1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1 tbs. Creole mustard
1 tsp. Tabasco sauce
1 tsp. crushed garlic
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup olive oil

Combine first five ingredients in bowl and whisk until well blended. Add oil and continue whisking until combined. 

I am also making a big crock pot full of these, with the left over ham bone from Christmas. 
Click here for the recipe.

And another "must have" is  my Creole Smothered Cabbage. For the recipe, click here.

I'll be sharing these at ~

Wishing all of you a healthy, prosperous, and happy 2012, filled with many blessings! Merci beaucoup for stopping by and for your lovely comments! Happy New Year! Cheers, cher!


Linda Starr said...

I took black eyed pea salad to a family reunion in Arkansas and no one touched it; seems they only ate peas a certain way. Ha. So Gary and I had a ton of salad to take home and eat. Happy New Year.

ellen abbott said...

Happy New Year Marguarite. I'm looking forward to many more scrumptious meals from you.

Pam said...

Love those black eyed peas! New Year's Day here is a pork roast with kraut for good luck. Here's wishing you and yours the best in 2012. Happy New Year!

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Happy New Year! My post this coming Friday will be about LA, so natch, I'll be recommending your blog. Thanks for all the fab recipes. (I could eat that scrumptious caramel rum sauce on just about ANYTHING!)

Big Dude said...

Looks like a great way to get your lucky peas. Happy New Year.

Eddie Bluelights said...

Happy New Year, Marguerite.
Always a pleasure to visit your Blog ~ Hugs. Eddie

Mo said...

That salad looks delicious

California Girl said...

Happy New Year Marguerite!

xo CG

nanny said...

Happy New Year.....looks like your menu was delicious, as usual!!!

Glad to finally have time to sit and catch up with everyone!

Judy said...

I love black eyed peas but have never thought of having them in a salad. Great idea!

Tablescapes By Diane said...

Hi lovely lady.
You know just how to get me to come back!!! FOOD this looks so Yummy.
We had Texas Black Eyed peas on New Years Day also so Good. Thanks so much for your sweet comments on my Tablescape for New Years Eve so sweet of you. I hope you and your family have a wonderful 2012 New Year.
I need to come see you some time.
XXOO Diane

Jessica | Cajunlicious said...

Your black-eyed pea salad looks so delicious, will be adding that one on! Happy 2012!!!

kitchen flavours said...

Your salad looks delicious! I would love to have tried the black eyed peas! Happy New Year!!

Melissa Ann Goodwin said...

I'm from New England and I've never had black eye peas. I also don't much like cabbage, but you made this look spectacular! I am sure that if I had a great Cajun cook make this for me, I'd love it!

Michelle B said...

Happy New Year! Great salad. My grandma taught me right--always, always black eyed peas and cabbage for New Year's day

Roz | La Bella Vita Cucina said...

Happy New Year Marguerite! I love, love, love this salad and especially the spices infused throughout!

Velva said...

Beautiful, beautiful and beautiful again.

Happy New Year!


Elsa said...

Looks yummy! I'm not sure I've seen Creole mustard before though, so I might have to tinker with that a bit, but other than that I think I have everything to make this salad.

Mal said...

This looks wonderful! I'll have to try it out sometime soon.

I made a dip with my black eyed peas this new years, delicious!

Magic of Spice said...

What a beautiful salad, and this vinaigrette is a tasty must!
Happy New Year my dear friend, hoping that 2012 brings you all the best in life!