Vegan Black-Eyed Peas


Two Cypriot specialties--good olive oil and fresh lemons--lend sunny flavor to this simple bean dish, served as a side in Cyprus. Chard adds a hearty touch. Top with a dollop of Greek yogurt, or nondairy yogurt to keep it vegan, for a meatless meal.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
6 servings


  • 1 cup dried black-eyed peas

  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt, divided

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

  • 1 pound chard, trimmed and coarsely chopped

  • 3 cups low-sodium vegetable broth or no-chicken broth

  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice, divided


  1. Place black-eyed peas and 1 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl. Cover with cold water by 2 inches and soak overnight.

  2. Drain and rinse the peas. Transfer to a medium saucepan with the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cover with 4 cups water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer and cook until the peas are almost tender, about 15 minutes. Drain.

  3. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 3 minutes. Add chard; cook, stirring occasionally, until the greens are slightly wilted, 2 to 3 minutes more. Add the peas, broth and 2 tablespoons lemon juice. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the peas are tender, about 20 minutes.

  4. Serve warm, drizzled with the remaining 2 tablespoons each oil and lemon juice.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

186 Calories
8g Fat
23g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 186
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 7g 25%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 8g 15%
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Vitamin A 4636IU 93%
Vitamin C 29mg 32%
Folate 177mcg 44%
Sodium 308mg 13%
Calcium 74mg 6%
Iron 4mg 19%
Magnesium 105mg 25%
Potassium 543mg 12%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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