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Black-Eyed Pea Salad (aka Everything but the Lettuce Salad)

We are just wrapping up the bean planting season in Colorado, and now it is time to watch these delicious nutritional powerhouses grow! To celebrate a successful planting season, why not enjoy a nice big bowl of this summery black-eyed pea salad?

Everything but the Lettuce Black-Eyed Pea Salad

Recipe by info@coloradodrybeans.orgDifficulty: Easy


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Breaking all the salad rules with this refreshing summer salad. This recipe will quickly become your go-to for picnics at the park and potlucks. Packed with fiber and protein, there’s a unique crunch in every bite. My favorite way to eat this salad: Pick up a bag of Zapp’s hotter than hot kettle potato chips and use that as a spoon for every bite. The flavor combination is 100%! – Colleen


  • 1 cup dry black eye peas, soaked overnight

  • 1 cup cooked bulgur wheat

  • 1 cup diced English cucumbers

  • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese

  • ½ cup chopped pistachios

  • ½ cup fresh herbs – cilantro and mint combination

  • ½ cup green onions, chopped

  • ¼ cup sun dried tomatoes in oil, chopped fine

  • ¼ cup olive oil

  • 2 garlic cloves, smashed and minced

  • Juice and rind of one large lemon


  • Rinse your soaked black-eyed peas and place them in fresh simmering salted water. Simmer black-eyed peas for 2 to 4 hours until cooked, but still firm. Strain, then cool in the refrigerator.
  • Prepare your bulgur wheat and let cool.
  • In a big bowl, combine cooled black-eyed peas and bulgur wheat.
  • Add in cucumber, feta cheese, pistachios, cilantro/mint, green onion, sun dried tomatoes and garlic. Stir gently. Pour in olive oil, salt and pepper to taste.
  • Zest and juice an entire lemon over the mixture and stir well. Add in more lemon juice and rind if desired.
  • Let mixture sit at room temperature for an hour so all the flavors come together. Mix gently once again and serve or refrigerate.

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Looking for more black-eyed pea recipes? Check out this Herby Black-Eyed Pea Toast that can also double as a salad.

Or want to try another delicious recipe from Colleen? Try these Lasagna Beans.

We hope you have a wonderful – and delicious – summer!

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