Black Eyed Peas Salad

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Black Eyed Peas Salad

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1 cup Black Eyed Peas Dried
2 cups Coriander Finely chopped
1/2 Onion Finely chopped
1 Lemon Squeezed, juice only
3 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
to taste Kosher Salt
to taste Ground Black Pepper
1/2 teaspoon Ground Cumin

This salad is a great way to experience blacked eyed peas out of season.

  • Vegan




Once again, my Jewish-Iraqi origin plays a major role in this recipe.
Blacked eyed peas, or “Lubia” as I know them, are the closest thing to magic beans.
We sow them in our backyard every year in April.

It takes only a few days for them to sprout out of the earth, strong and green.
We all watch them grow slowly until one day the little plant grows long and winding.

In September, when the days shorten, butterfly-like purple flowers begin to appear.
Within days the flowers transform into small and thin pea pods that grow longer and longer each day.
We harvest the plants every day, picking the fresh pods, and cook them in boiling water.

Black eyed peas plants and pods
Black-eyed peas plants and pods

The plants are extremely fruitful, we just can’t keep up with their pace!
Many pods are left to grow and eventually dry up on the plant.

When November comes, the season ends. The plants are taken out of the ground and the dry pods are collected.
Each dry pod is emptied, and the dried peas are saved in a jar anticipating their next life.
Most will be used for soups and recipes like this one, some will be saved for replanting next year.



Soak the beans

Soak the peas for 6-10 hours and rinse.

* To save time, plan ahead: you can soak them, then freeze and defrost whenever.


Cooking the peas

Place the beans in a pot and cover them with water.
Place the pot on the stove and cook on high flame.
Lower the flame when water comes to a boil.

Cook for 1-1.5 hours, partially uncovered
The peas should be soft, but not too soft.

When ready, drain and soak in cold water until the peas are at room temperature.
Drain well.



Chop the coriander and onion, place in a bowl.
Combine with the chilled and drained peas.
Add the lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper, and ground cumin.

You're done! Enjoy and please leave a comment.

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