As long as I can remember I have heard you eat pork and sauerkraut on New Years Day for good luck. Well I don’t really eat pork and the only sauerkraut I like is the stuff that comes from the wiener wagon, found only at IUP after all the bars have kicked you out. Ahh the memories, but I digress. Apparently Black Eyed Peas are also rumored to bring good fortune. I just so happen to LOVE black eyed peas and have a kick ass salsa recipe to boot!
Pioneer Woman’s Black Eyed Pea Salsa
my changes & additions are noted with an asterisk
16 0z dried black-eyed peas, hydrated* (or 2 cans)
1/2 C Olive Oil
1/3 C Vinegar (I’ve used, white wine, red wine & apple cider…all yielding excellent results)
2 Tbsp Sugar
1 Tsp Celery Seed
1/2 Tsp Dry Mustard
1 Tbsp Onion Powder*
1/2 Tsp Salt (I sub with Garlic Salt)*
1 Tbsp Mombasa Powder*
Fresh Ground Pepper
1 C Fresh Cilantro
3 Stalks Celery, chopped
1 C Corn* (frozen from last summer)
1 Red Pepper, chopped
1 Green Pepper or Orange Pepper, chopped* (frozen from last summer)
1 Cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped
1 Jalapeno, seeded & chopped (I used 3)*
3 Green Onions, sliced
Rehydrate black-eyed peas.
Make dressing and set aside.
Use a spoon to remove the cucumber seeds
Combine peas & veggies, mix in dressing. Add cilantro and refrigerate 1-2 hours.
I’ve enjoyed this salsa with chips as well as heated in a wrap. I am also required to bring it to all family get-togethers! And by the way, it freezes really well!