Black-Eyed Pea Salad

When I first started this food blog, I started it with the intention of creating a Paleo-friendly blog. At that time I was big into Paleo eating but as the years went on (I was strick for 4.5 years) I really started to miss certain foods, beans being one of them. 

The Paleo culture brainwashed me (pre-masters degree) into believing that beans are bad for you because they contain lectins but also because they are high in carbohydrates. Paleo doesn’t announce it but Paleo is a low-carbohydrate diet.  I will not deny that following Paleo guidelines is a great head-start into how we should all be eating, but it’s important to incorporate healthy carbs such as; beans, whole grains, and oats. 

This recipe was inspired by a cooking show I saw a few weeks ago.  The chef made a black-eyed pea dish and I thought to myself, A) That looks delicious, and B) I’ve never had a black eyed pea before? I am a big foodie. I am always open to trying all different types of (whole) foods so when I see something new that looks appealing to me, I jump on it! 

Let’s debunk the myth that black eyed peas are bad for you and here’s why: 

  1. Very nutrient dense
  2. High in fiber
  3. Contain iron, zinc, potassium, and folate 
  4. Contain 11 amino acids, including isoleucine, leucine, and valine (your muscle proteins). 
  5.  Low glycemic (38)

This recipe will pair great with any protein of choice. I’ve paired it with tuna, chicken, and salmon. All blended great!  

Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS: 4-6 Servings (1/3 to 1/2 cup = 1 serving

  • 2 15.5oz cans of black eyed peas (rinsed) 
  • 1 medium cucumber, cut into small pieces 
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, diced into 1/4’s
  • 4 scallions, chopped  
  • Handful fresh dill, finely chopped 
  • 2 tablespoon dried oregano 
  • Pinch of sea salt and pepper 
  • 3 tablespoon olive oil 
  • Fresh lemon juice, squeezed from a medium-large lemon 

DIRECTIONS

  1. Rinse your black eyed peas using a strainer. 
  2. In a large bowl combine peas, cucumber, tomatoes, scallions, dill, dried oregano, sea salt, pepper, olive oil and fresh lemon juice. 
  3. Mix well together and serve with protein of choice. 

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