Have you heard the whole thing about black eyed peas and good luck for the new year? I’m not typically one who gives in to superstition but this one involves food so it’s worth consideration.
The idea is that if you eat black eyed peas on New Year’s Day you will have good luck and prosperity all year long. As long as we’re talking prosperity and not fertility, I’m game.
Cowboy Caviar is a super easy, nutritious, and extremely delicious way to accomplish this task. It’s basically a black eyed pea based salsa with lots of other fresh ingredients thrown in. Since a lot of appetizers are cheesy, mayonnaise based dips and the like, this stuff will help to add some nutritional balance to your night. It’s fresh, light and extremely addictive.
So, as a famous Black Eyed Pea once said…
…Let’s get it started!
The grocery list – One can each of seasoned black eyed peas and black beans, frozen sweet corn, green onions, cilantro, a green bell pepper, two or three nice red tomatoes, jarred jalapeno slices (either mild or hot), avocado, olive oil, white wine vinegar, a fresh lime, Dijon mustard, and salt and pepper.
There are several different brands of canned black eyed peas available. This Seasoned Southern Style variety from Glory Foods is what my local store carries. I love to use these Bush’s Seasoned Recipe Black Beans in this recipe but plain black beans would also work just fine.
Empty the can of black eyed peas and black beans into a colander and allow them to drain well in the sink for several minutes.
Transfer the drained beans and peas to a serving bowl. You can mix and serve the stuff right out of the same bowl.
This part is very complex and difficult so pay close attention.
Dump in the rest of the ingredients – except the avocado. The corn, green onions, green bell pepper, tomatoes, jarred jalapeno peppers, and cilantro.
I use either the mild or hot jalapeno peppers, depending on who I’m serving. The hot peppers will definitely add some heat but if you use the mild peppers, there will be almost no heat at all.
Give it a stir and then stand back and say “Ooohhh pretty”.
Time to whisk together the simple dressing. Olive oil, white wine vinegar, fresh lime, a touch of Dijon mustard, and salt and pepper to taste.
Pour the dressing over the mixture and mix well to combine. You can prepare it to this point several hours ahead of time. Just cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate it until ready to serve.
Just before serving, add the avocado and toss lightly to combine.
Eat, drink, and be merry and kiss the one you love (or the one next to you!) when the clock strikes midnight.
Thank you so much for stopping by my kitchen this year. Wishing you all a very happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year!
- 1 (15 ounce) can seasoned black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained well
- 1 (15 ounce) can seasoned or plain black beans, rinsed and drained well
- 3/4 cup frozen sweet corn, thawed
- 3 green onions, chopped
- 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
- 2 or 3 tomatoes, diced
- 10 jarred jalapeno pepper slices, diced (mild or hot depending on preference)
- 1/3 cup cilantro, chopped
- 1 ripe avocado, chopped
- Tortilla chips
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
- 1/2 lime, juiced
- 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Combine black eyed peas, beans, corn, green onion, bell pepper, tomatoes, jalapenos, and cilantro in a medium bowl. In a small bowl whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, lime juice, Dijon mustard, and salt and pepper. Pour over bean mixture. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
- Just before serving, add avocado and gently stir to combine. Serve with tortilla chips.