We are a little over a month away until we’ll be in San Diego. That means it’s time to pantry bust. There are quite a bit of dried beans, grains, and noodles left in our recently organized pantry. I don’t want anything to go to waste, but there are a LOT of dry goods I need to get creative with. Since we have beans coming out our ears, I thought I’d conquer them first.
Several years ago, my mother in law made a black-eyed pea salad recipe she found in a Southern Living magazine. I didn’t have the recipe, but I do remember that it had black-eyed peas, peaches, red pepper jelly and loads of cilantro. I thought I’d recreate it with what’s in season and what I have available.
This black eyed pea salad is loaded with grilled peaches, strawberries, red onion, cilantro and a red pepper jelly vinaigrette. It’s the perfect summertime side dish.
- 2 tablespoons Red Pepper Jelly
- 2 tablespoons Red Wine Vinegar
- 2 tablespoons Honey
- 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
- 2 Medium Peaches (Halved and grilled)
- 16oz Black-eyed peas (Canned or homemade)
- 6-8 Strawberries (Sliced)
- ¼ cup Red Onion (Diced)
- ¼ cup Cilantro (Chopped)
- Whisk the red pepper jelly, red wine vinegar, honey and olive oil until well blended and set aside.
- Cube your grilled peaches into small bite sized pieces.
- Put the black eyed peas, peaches, strawberries, red onion and cilantro in a serving bowl.
- Add the red pepper jelly vinaigrette to your bean mixture. Gently incorporate.
- Best to cover and refrigerate for at least one hour to develop flavors, but can be served immediately without affecting taste.
- Serve as a side dish, appetizer with chips or on top of a salad. Enjoy!
Although I think this recipe is best when you let the flavors develop for a bit, it’s still super yummy to eat right away if you don’t have a lot of time. Throw in a seeded and finely diced jalapeño for a little kick if you’re feeling spicy. Craving a salad? Serve it on top of some baby arugula and drizzle some of the red pepper jelly vinaigrette on top.
The best part about this dish is that both of my toddlers devoured it. They don’t normally like beans, but apparently pairing beans with peaches and strawberries is the trick. I’m not mad about it and will gladly make this on repeat until all the dried black eyed peas are gone.