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Start the New Year with a Healthy (and Lucky) Black-Eyed Pea and Kale Salad with Chickpea Vinaigrette

Black-eye Pea and Kale Salad with Chickpea Vinaigrette

We went dessert crazy at Thanksgiving. The Holiday office party served extra sweets and more weight was gained. There was plenty of champagne on New Year’s Eve, and we woke up to the realization that the dried black-eye peas weren’t soaking. A crazy dash for the grocery store was made for collard greens, and the produce shelves were bare. If Southern tradition of eating black-eye peas and collard greens are strictly followed to bring good luck, a dismal year could happen. 

Not yet. Ignore our Grandmas’ disapproval, and buy a can of black-eye peas and purchase dark baby greens to make a salad. Rescue leftover hummus for a vinaigrette, and use sweet peppers from the antipasti plate at the New Year’s Eve party to add to the Black-eye pea and Kale salad.

It’s a healthy salad bring redemption when we ate quite well during the holidays. Have a Happy and Healthy New Year’s Day.

Black-eye Pea and Kale Salad with Chickpea Vinaigrette

Black-eye Pea and Kale Salad with Chickpea Vinaigrette:

  • 3 oz crumbled feta cheese
  • About 5 oz baby dark greens (kale, spinach, and/or arugula)
  • 1 (14 oz) can black eyed peas, rinsed and drained
  • Zest of one lemon and juice of half a lemon (you can use the other half in the Chickpea Vinaigrette)
  • 1 jalapeno, ribs and seeds discarded; finely diced
  • 2 to 3 celery stalks, diced*
  • ¼ cup flat-leaf parsley, minced
  • About 4 to 6 hot and sweet cherry or peppadew peppers, roughly chopped
  • ½ small red onion, finely diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp fresh oregano, minced
  • Sea salt, as needed
  • Fresh black pepper, as needed
  • Crushed red pepper, as needed and optional
  • ¼ tsp smoked paprika
  • ¼ cup olive oil

Ingredients for Chickpea Vinaigrette:

  • ¼ cup hummus (plain or any of your favorite flavors)
  • 3 Tbsp pepper or white balsamic vinegar
  • Zest of one lemon
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp fresh oregano, minced
  • Sea salt, as needed
  • Fresh black pepper, as needed
  • Crushed red pepper, as needed and optional
  • ¼ tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ cup olive oil


  1. Toss feta cheese and salad greens in a large bowl.
  2. In a medium bowl, toss black-eyed peas, zest and juice of lemon, jalapeño, celery, parsley, sweet and hot peppers, red onion, garlic, oregano, salt, black pepper, crushed red pepper, smoked paprika, and olive oil.
  3. Mix black-eyed pea salad with the salad greens.**
  4. Whisk all ingredients for chickpea vinaigrette, except olive oil, in a medium bowl. Adjust spices. Whisk in the olive oil.
  5. Drizzle chickpea vinaigrette over the salad. Enjoy.


*If celery leaves are still attached and fresh, add them to the parsley.
**If packing salad for lunch, pack the greens with feta cheese, black-eye pea salad and chickpea vinaigrette in separate containers. Combine all in one tightly lidded dish. Vigorously shake and enjoy.

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In 2009, Sanura Weathers started a sweet, savory, buttery, green and healthy food blog at As a Food Writer and Graphic Designer, Sanura creates a visually appetizing food blog redefining comfort and traditional recipes with a healthy twist. Sanura also edits and curates writers for


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