Excellent recipe. I used an entire small can of sliced olives. I minced it all up pretty small and ate with a fork. I left out the feta, and it was fresh and lite! I don't ordinarily like raw red onions, but they agreed with me in this salad. I like the suggestion of radishes. I may substitute radishes for some of the cucumbers next time, or add more beans proportionally for a heartier dish
Cucumber & Black-Eyed Pea Salad
An easy salad to serve with grilled chicken or steak for supper or on a bed of greens for a satisfying lunch. Substitute white beans or chickpeas for the black-eyed peas if you prefer.
22 Reviews for Cucumber & Black-Eyed Pea Salad
This is a family favorite. I've made it with white beans instead of black-eyed peas, but I think the black-eyed peas are better. I've taken this to my last two picnics, and everyone has loved it!
My husband and I love this salad. It is so good and light. I add chopped grilled chicken to the salad and it makes it a complete meal for us.
I don't think it's fair to change a recipe and then rate it on the changes I made, so the 4 star rating is for the original recipe. I made it exactly as written except that I used black beans (we love them and they add extra fiber), I left out the onion because I thought it would overpower the other flavors, and I forgot the black olives. The dressing was too bland. After tasting, I used other reviewers suggestions and added grated radishes, tarragon vinegar, tarragon, and Italian seasoning. It still needed some salt, so I added just a bit, and the result was a 5 star salad. My husband is not a big fan of cucumbers, but he loved this. It was delicious and will become a regular on my menu planner. I may add a little more feta and maybe some jicama for an occasional change in the future.
I used chickpeas and cannellini beans instead of black-eyed peas. I also added 1/4 cup tarragon vinegar and fresh basil and tarragon to give it an italian taste as I was serving it as a side dish for chicken piccata. Next time I think I will add some diced tomatoes! Yummy!