Healthy Black Eyed Pea Recipes

Find healthy, delicious black eyed pea recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

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Easy Vegetarian Taco Salad

Taco salad doesn't always have to contain beef--this 15-minute version uses tofu or black bean crumbles, which taste delicious and offer up a healthy dose of protein. This vegetarian meal is so tasty that even meat-only eaters won't miss the beef.

Cucumber & Black-Eyed Pea Salad

Rating: 4.44 stars
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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.

Seasoned Black-Eyed Peas

To infuse peas with flavor, simmer them with dried spices, which pack a more intense punch than fresh. Smoked paprika delivers the essence of ham hocks or bacon while keeping this classic side dish vegan.

Black-Eyed Peas & Okra

Rating: 4 stars
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This bean and okra recipe is a classic Southern side dish perfect for potlucks. Adding the okra toward the end of cooking guarantees a tender--not mushy--texture.

Collard Green & Black-Eyed Pea Soup

Rating: 4.65 stars
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Antioxidant-rich collard greens and fiber-packed black-eyed peas have a starring role in this nutritious soup. There's no need for loads of ham or salt pork--just a small amount of bacon gives it a wonderful smoky flavor. You can skip the bacon and substitute vegetable broth for chicken broth for a great vegetarian dish.

Black-Eyed Pea Dip

Rating: 4.5 stars
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In this black-eyed pea dip recipe, black-eyed peas are pureed with extra-virgin olive oil, red-wine vinegar, garlic and thyme--a nice alternative to hummus. Try this protein-rich black-eyed pea dip with your favorite fresh vegetables or baked pita chips.

Chicken with Black-Eyed Peas and Yellow Rice

Try this recipe when you've got a craving for old-fashioned soul food.

Black-Eyed Peas with Pork & Greens

Rating: 4 stars
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This boldly flavored spin on Hoppin' John replaces salt pork or bacon with lean pork chops. Plus we've added greens--in this case kale--a traditional accompaniment with the dish. Serve with cornbread and a glass of Spanish rioja.

Vegan Black-Eyed Peas

Rating: 5 stars
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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.

Southern Pasta Salad with Black-Eyed Peas

Rating: 4 stars
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This isn't any ordinary picnic pasta salad. Coffee and molasses add rich notes to the tangy dressing.

Chipotle Black-Eyed Peas & Collards with Crispy Shallots

Instead of getting flavor from a ham hock, this mess of black-eyed peas and collards gets its smokiness from canned chipotles and caramelized shallots, thereby keeping it vegetarian.
By Liana Krissoff

Cornbread Salad

This layered salad features cornbread, black-eyed peas, corn, tomatoes and Cheddar cheese with a garnish of crumbled bacon and a creamy homemade dressing that soaks into the mix.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Black-Eyed Pea Spread

Rating: Unrated
2
Serve this delectable, garlicky black-eyed pea spread with toasted slices of baguette as an appetizer.

Black-Eyed Peas with Slab Bacon

In this recipe, black-eyed peas get a wonderful smoky flavor from slab bacon. If you skip it for a vegetarian version, boost the flavor by doubling the garlic, adding a bay leaf, substituting vegetable stock for the water and adding a dash of smoked paprika for a slightly smoky taste.

Warm Black-Eyed Pea Salad

This southern-inspired black-eyed pea salad with zesty chili peppers is meant to be served warm but can also be made a day in advance and served cold. Try serving this versatile recipe as a dip with chips or crackers.