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Good luck in the new year with this salad

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Happy 2014 to all the Examiner readers! I wish good health, good luck and good fortune to all of you and hope that this year will be your best year ever! Hopefully, you're looking forward to the new year and that you've got some plans made for what you may be doing over the year. I know I do!

We've all heard that black eyed peas are supposed to bring us good luck through the year if we have them on New Year's day. I'm not sure where this came from but it's been a long-time belief, especially in the southern part of the US. We're also supposed to have some type of green vegetable to encourage wealth through the year, too. I'm not sure how much truth is are in these statements, but I do know that the recipe I'm sharing is good eating, which is for "Black Eyed Pea Salad".

This salad is one that's easy to do and keeps very well under refrigeration. Not an expensive recipe to make, all the ingredients are easy to find in the grocery and it's equally as easy to prepare. You begin by cooking a package of frozen black eyed peas and while they're still hot, you pour a bottle of Paul Newman's Own Dressing over them. This is a salad dressing that you can find without any trouble in the grocery, too. The flavors from the dressing will absorb quickly in the peas. Chopped onions, bell pepper, salt and pepper are all that are needed and once those are added. The salad is covered and sits at room temperature until the peas cool. This marinates the whole salad during this time. Then, you chill the salad until servings time. Easy as can be to make!

Last year at this time, I shared another black eyed pea recipe, which was for "Southern Caviar", and is similar to this recipe, except it has more vegetables in it. It's a good recipe too, and to get it, follow this link:

http://www.examiner.com/article/caviar-for-new-year-s-that-s-affordable

And if you would like a good dessert to go with this dish, here's a video on how to make a "Pina Colada Pound Cake", which you get by going to this link:

http://www.examiner.com/article/pina-colada-dessert-pound-cake

Good luck in 2014 and enjoy this flavorful, traditional salad!

BLACK EYED PEA SALAD

  • 1 (10 oz) pkg. frozen black eyed peas, cooked and drained
  • 8 oz. bottle Paul Newman's Own Salad Dressing
  • 1 medium chopped onion
  • 1 medium chopped green bell pepper
  • salt and pepper to taste

Cook the peas according to package directions. Drain and while still hot, pour the bottle of dressing over them and toss. Add the remaining ingredients and let stand at room temperature, covered, until peas are cool. Chill until serving time. Yield: about six servings.

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