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Black Eyed or White Bean Salad

My mom has made this salad (using black eye beans) for many years and I'm always happy to see it at barbecues and picnics. It goes well as a side with burgers, ribs or chicken. Mix it like a potato salad . . . using small white beans with or without a black eye. (The black eye beans turn light brown when cooked)  
  • 1 1/2 cups black eye or white beans
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 hard boiled eggs, chopped
  • 1 small shallot sliced fine or green onion
  • 1 Tbsp fresh finely cut dill or 1/2 tsp dried
  • 3 Tbsp mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp sour cream
  • 2 Tbsp vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • pepper to taste
  1. Rinse beans and cover with about 6 cups water and salt. Bring to boil an simmer for about 60 - 75 minutes, until done.( Add more water if needed.)
  2. When done, drain and rinse with cold water.
  3. Mix with eggs, shallot and combined dressing ingredients. Garnish with dill or pea shoots. Serves 6-8 as a side.

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  1. Looks interesting, I've never heard of mixing a dried bean with mayo and/or sour cream. We call these black eyed peas here in the states, they are a staple in the South and a must eat at a southern New Year's Day table. Gonna try your version.

  2. Mmmm - my mom often made something similar to this using kidney beans and adding chopped celery! Love these simple and nutritious salads. That burger looks delicious too!

  3. Anneliese this must be a common salad in South America. I have made it as well but with white beans. I haven't had it in years. Time to bring it back especially for BBQ season.

  4. Sharon S is right, we call these black-eyed peas here in Texas and it is traditional to eat them New Year's Day for "good luck" in the coming year. We lived in Wyoming for a couple of years and on our 1st New Years I couldn't find them anywhere. Someone finallly told me that in Wyoming they were called cow peas and were only used to feed cattle! My favorite way to eat them is to make them into a dip called "Hoppin' John".

  5. There is already a debate in the USA about whether they are black "eyed" peas or black "eye" peas so I won't add "bean" instead of "pea" to the debate. I only know that I love them in anything and will try any new recipe that includes them. They are very good in a picnic salad mixed with tomatoes, green onions, celery and yellow and white hominy. Your recipe sounds yummy too!

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  6. Would a good quality canned black eyed peas, rinsed and drained, work in this?

    1. I think it would. I've made a similiar salad using canned green or yellow beans, so why not?

  7. I made this with three cans of drained and rinsed black eyed peas ~ we really enjoyed it along with our grilled pork chops! Teresa in Texas


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