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Lucky Black-Eyed Peas Salad

Black-eyed peas are associated with a mystical and mythical power to bring good luck and so are a tradition in many families for New Year’s. Served as a salad with Sparkling Wine, it becomes a delicious California way of calling forth health, happiness and prosperity for 2023. This recipe serves 4 to 6 people.

Ingredients

1 pound dried black-eyed peas, picked over, and soaked 2 hours (or overnight)
3 plump cloves of garlic
2 bay leaves
2 large stalks celery with the leaves, washed, peeled if necessary, and dried.
3 green onion (scallion) washed, dried, sliced thin, white and green parts
1/2 jalapeno pepper, chopped into small dice
1/2 red bell pepper, chopped into small dice
Juice from 2-3 Meyer Lemons
Juice from 1 lime
1 tbs apple cider vinegar
1 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Kosher salt and black pepper from a mill
1 head butter lettuce, washed, dried

How To Make

1
Drain the soaking water and rinse the peas. In a large sauce pan, add the peas, garlic cloves and the bay leaves. Fill the pan with water about 2-3 inches above the peas. Bring to a boil over medium heat, no cover, gently skim. Note: Prefer not to add salt during the cooking time.
2
Reduce heat, cover and cook until just tender. Check at 20 minutes.
3
Drain peas, discard bay leaves and garlic. As the peas are cooling, sprinkle with salt. About a teaspoon.
4
Make the salad: In a large bowl, add celery, celery leaf, green onions, peppers. Toss together with a little salt an a couple of turns of black pepper. Add the citrus juices and the cider vinegar. Toss gain. Add the EVOO and mix again. Add the peas and mix well.
5
Taste and adjust for seasoning, adding, if you wish, generous turn of black pepper and salt. Allow salad to sit for 10 minutes.
6
Serving: Line a salad bowl or individual plates with the butter lettuce leaves. Generously top with the black-eyed pea salad. Enjoy with a glass of chilled bubbly.