Lucky Black-eyed Pea Salad for the New Year!

A Black-eyed Pea Salad in a white bowl with a spoonful of Meyer Lemon Rosemary Vinaigrette

A Lucky Black-eyed Pea Salad for the New Year ~ this healthy high fiber bean salad is vegan, gluten free, and black-eyed peas are among the very lowest in carbs of all the legumes. So even if you’re not superstitious, I’d say this is your lucky day!

Black-eyed pea salad with Meyer lemon rosemary vinaigrette

When you think of eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day you probably conjure them up Southern style, slow cooked with a big old smoked ham hock nestled in. But this is tvfgi, and we do things differently here 🙂

Whether you believe eating black eyed peas on New Year’s Day will bring you good luck, or you just made a resolution to eat better in ’19, this is a salad you’ll want to have around. It’ll fill you up without filling you out, as they say, plus it keeps well in the refrigerator so it makes a great lunch to take to work.

Ingredients for a Lucky Black-eyed Pea Salad with lemon rosemary vinaigrette

I make it with the tangiest Meyer Lemon Rosemary Vinaigrette that’s good enough to eat all by itself.

A Black-eyed Pea Salad in a white bowl with a spoonful of Meyer Lemon Rosemary Vinaigrette

Black-eyed peas come to us from the soul food traditions of the American south, via West Africa. Look for them in the canned bean section of your supermarket, or, if you’d like to skip the can, grab a bag of dried black-eyed peas. You can cook dried beans on the stove top or in an Instant Pot pressure cooker for a really fast turnaround.

Dried black-eyed peas in a jar for a Black-eyed Pea Salad

What size Instant Pot do I need to cook dried beans?

  • You’ll need a 6-8 quart pot to cook a one pound batch of beans. The reason is that beans need a lot of water to cook in, and they tend to foam up quite a bit during the cooking process. If you try to fill your pot more than half full it can overflow and damage your machine. I recommend the Instant Pot Duo Plus 6 Quart.

How to cook black-eyed peas in an Instant Pot

  • I don’t feel the need to soak my beans overnight first, but you certainly can if you feel it makes a difference. Some people believe that this will help ease any potential digestion problems later on. Others say you’ll get better looking beans when you soak them first, they won’t split and ‘explode’ quite as much. I haven’t noticed much of a difference, so I skip it.
  • Rinse your dried beans and add to the IP. For 2 cups of beans add 6 cups water.
  • I like to add some seasoning to the water, but again, this is optional. I add salt, peppercorns, bay leaves, and a good sized sprig of rosemary.
  • Close and lock the lid, make sure the vent is set to ‘seal’, and cook on high for 15 minutes.
  • Let the pressure release naturally before unlocking the lid, this will take another 20 minutes or so.
  • Drain any excess liquid if you want to use your beans right away, but if you want to store your beans for later, let them cool and then store them in a jar with the cooking liquid.

Lucky Black-eyed Pea Salad in a white bowl with lettuce

I like to serve this salad on a bed of crunchy lettuce ~ I chose Gem lettuce and raddichio this time. Lettuce lightens the salad and also extends it to feed 6. I use sturdy varieties that won’t wilt quickly so it’s a good choice for buffets.

Have I told you lately that I love bean salads?

A Black-eyed Pea Salad in a white bowl with a spoonful of Meyer Lemon Rosemary Vinaigrette
4.41 from 15 votes

Lucky Black-eyed Pea Salad for the New Year!

A colorful, high fiber bean salad.
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Yield 6
Calories 160.64kcal
Author Sue Moran


  • 1 small head raddichio lettuce shredded
  • 2 small heads of Gem lettuce trimmed and leaves separated
  • 15- ounce can black-eyed peas or 1 3/4 cups home cooked
  • 1/4 cup finely minced red onion
  • 1/2 cup diced sweet bell pepper assorted colors
  • 1/4 cup black olives diced
  • 1/4 pimento stuffed green olives sliced
  • 1/4 cup diced Persian cucumber don't peel


  • 4 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 Tbsp Meyer Lemon juice about 2 lemons
  • 1 tsp freshly minced rosemary don't use dried
  • 1 tsp creamy dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Choose a wide shallow salad bowl and lay down a base of lettuce leaves and shredded raddichio.
  • Put the salad dressing ingredients in a mason jar, put on the lid, and shake until it emulsifies. (That means it becomes cloudy and doesn't separate) Taste it and add adjust to your liking.
  • In a mixing bowl add the rest of the salad ingredients, and toss with enough dressing to moisten. Season with salt and pepper if you like.
  • Spoon the bean salad on top of the lettuces, and serve.


Calories: 160.64kcal | Carbohydrates: 14.38g | Protein: 4.6g | Fat: 10.21g | Saturated Fat: 1.46g | Sodium: 433.59mg | Fiber: 3.81g | Sugar: 1.86g
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.


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Black eyed pea salad in a bowl with a spoon.

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  • Reply
    Karen (Back Road Journal)
    January 3, 2019 at 1:05 pm

    I have had black eyed peas every new year’s day for as long as I can reminder. I really like the idea of adding both green and black olives to the salad. Thank you for the inspiration. Wishing you all the best in this new year.

    • Reply
      January 3, 2019 at 1:46 pm

      Wishing you a great 2019 as well Karen, thanks 🙂

  • Reply
    December 31, 2018 at 8:18 pm

    Happy New Year Sue! Love beans and legumes…this is a perfectly healthy and delicious salad to start the new year!

  • Reply
    Gerlinde @ Sunnycovechef
    December 31, 2018 at 1:57 pm

    I need to make more salads with beans . Thank you for all those wonderful recipes and a happy and healthy New Year.

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    December 31, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    Now, this salad is double lucky! Good luck for the New Year and good luck for my taste buds as I love everything about it! Happy New Year, my friend!!!
    P.S. Saw your feature in the Food blogs issue of USA Today magazine. Very cool!!! Congrats! xo

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    Tricia | Saving Room for Dessert
    December 31, 2018 at 11:26 am

    This sounds terrific Sue! Wanted to pop over and wish you and Grant a very Happy New Year! Many blessings to you both in 2019! XOXO

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    2 Sisters Recipes
    December 31, 2018 at 10:45 am

    We can never have enough healthy salads around here and this one is now put on our list to make! Thanks Sue!
    We want to wish you and your family and very Healthy Happy New Year!! Cheers!
    xo Anna and Liz

    • Reply
      December 31, 2018 at 12:55 pm

      Right back at you ladies!

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    Penny at Enjoying The Simple Things
    December 31, 2018 at 9:20 am

    Perfect timing! I was trying to come up with a recipe for black eyed peas and you popped up in bloglovin! It sounds wonderful.

    • Reply
      December 31, 2018 at 9:24 am

      We’ve been really enjoying it, it fits right in with all our New Year resolutions 😉

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