Happy New Year! Are you ready to start writing the numbers “2009” on all of your stuff? I hung my new 2009 calendar up in the kitchen today. Do you have a calendar in your kitchen or den or wherever where you jot down all your appointments, due dates, birthdays, etc.? My calendar is brand spanking new (who came up with that expression?), a clean slate, and wide open. I wonder what wonderful things will happen this year? Corny, I know. I have lots of little lovely sayings like that. Little sayings and quotes that make me think or smile or sometimes perform dramatic eye rolls. For now, my blogging friends, it’s a new year full of possibilities ... Let’s get it started!Here’s something wonderful for you to try. This salad will get your taste buds started for sure. It’s traditional, particularly in the South, to eat black eyed pea dishes on New Years Day. Consuming the little spotted guys are supposed to bring good fortune in the New Year to all who consume them. Do you like blackeye peas? Do you prefer hot dishes or salads? I've heard that adding greens to them represents dollar bills, and that some folks even put a dime in their recipes to double their fortune. This salad is so good all on its own especially during the winter; it doesn’t require anything ... other than a spoon!
Let’s Get It Started Blackeye Pea Salad
1 can Blackeye Peas, drained and rinsed
2 tablespoons chopped carrot
2 tablespoons chopped celery
2 tablespoons chopped red onion
2 tablespoons chopped green pepper (You could jazz this up and add some hot peppers)
Vinaigrette: Whisk together
Vinegar (I used white wine, but any kind will work)
Spicy mustard (Dijon will work)
Black Pepper – LOTS
Note: You can substitute your favorite vinaigrette!
In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine the peas, carrots, celery, onion, and green pepper. Toss with the vinaigrette. DONE!I love this salad. It’s overflowing with great texture and flavor ... creamy peas, crunchy veggies, tangy dressing.Plus, it’s so pretty to look at and pairs beautifully with sandwiches, soup, steak, chicken, pork ... you name it! How do you prepare blackeye peas? I'd love to hear about it. Oh, and like most of my stuff, this is gluten free all the way, baby! Happy New Year 2009!