Hopping John Salad with Molasses Dressing
"Hopping John" is a southern pea and rice dish, also known as "Carolina Peas and Rice." In this version, we've eliminated the rice and gone heavy on the veggies, combining black-eyed peas, sweet peppers and jalapeño peppers with herbs and spices, a molasses dressing, and a sprinkling of crumbled bacon.
Tips: Because chile peppers contain volatile oils that can burn your skin and eyes, avoid direct contact with them as much as possible. When working with chile peppers, wear plastic or rubber gloves. If your bare hands do touch the peppers, wash your hands and nails well with soap and warm water.
To bake pork bacon, place slices side by side on a rack in a foil-lined shallow baking pan with sides. Bake for 18 to 21 minutes or until bacon is crisp-cooked Drain well on paper towels.
1 fat, 1 vegetable, 1/2 other carbohydrate, 1/2 starch