Oldways Black-Eyed Pea Salad

If you’ve never tried African heritage cuisine, African Heritage & Health Week on February 1-7, 2013 is the perfect time to discover why its savory flavors and naturally healthy features make African Heritage cuisine the next big food trend.  Oldways, the food and nutrition education nonprofit organizing the celebration, challenges everyone, everywhere to enjoy at least one dish at home or at a restaurant inspired by the cuisine of African-American ancestors and Oldways’ African Heritage Diet Pyramid Coinciding with Black History Month, African Heritage & Health Week commemorates the foods, flavors and healthy cooking techniques that were core to the wellbeing of African ancestors from Africa, South America, the Caribbean, and the American South.  Scientific studies show that many chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity, now prevalent in African American communities, appear in populations as traditional diets are left behind.  Black History Month is the perfect time to commemorate and explore the healthy culinary side of history.

Black-eyed peas have long been symbolic in African American culture and cuisine. At New Years, black-eyed peas are traditionally eaten to bring good fortune in the coming year. No cooking required with this recipe, which brings crisp, bright flavor and heritage to any table.

  • ½ medium-size red onion, diced
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • ½ red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 cans (15 oz. each) of black-eyed peas, thoroughly rinsed (rinsing canned beans reduces up to 41% of sodium)
  • 3 tablespoons apple-cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • juice from ½ lemon
  • fresh dill or parsley, ½ cup chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

1. Rinse the black-eyed peas.
2. Dice the celery, onion, and bell pepper into small cubes.
3. Put the onion, celery, bell pepper, and black-eyed peas into the mixing bowl.
4. Dress the salad with the vinegar, olive oil, lemon juice, fresh herbs, and salt and pepper to taste.

Nutritional Analysis:

Calories: 140, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 183mg, Carbohydrate: 21g, Fiber: 5g, Sugars: 1g, Protein: 7g

Yield: 6
………..About Oldways

Oldways (www.oldwayspt.org) is a nonprofit food and nutrition education organization, with a mission to guide people to good health through heritage, using practical and positive programs grounded in science and tradition. Simply, we advocate for the healthful pleasures of real food. Oldways is the parent organization for The Whole Grains Council and The Mediterranean Foods Alliance, and is well-known for creating the Whole Grain Stamp and the Mediterranean Diet Pyramid.


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