Southern Black Eyed Pea Salad

A fresh take on a summer salad and a classic southern staple, this will quickly become a regular at your BBQ's.  Black eyed peas, chopped red onion, celery and a light lemon vinaigrette pair perfectly with the brown rice with the summery taste of freshly chopped mint.  Easy & Delicious!

Southern black eyed pea salad, otherwise known as "Hoppin' John," is probably one of the best bean salads I've ever had.  Thanks to my Mom who was raised on stuff like this, I get to enjoy the south anywhere I go!

Black eyed pea

Try adding in some shredded chicken or roasted shrimp for a complete meal.

Hoppin john


Southern Black Eyed Pea Salad
  • 2 C cooked black-eyed peas
  • 3 C cooked long-grain rice
  • 1/2 C chopped red onion
  • 1/4 C chopped celery
  • 1 jalepeno pepper, seeded and minced
  • 1/4 C loosely packed fresh parsley
  • 1/4 C loosely packed fresh mint
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 TBS fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 C olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  1. Combine peas, rice and next three ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Place herbs and garlic on a cutting board, sprinkle with salt and finely chop herbs and garlic. Stir this into the rice-pea mixture.
  3. Combine lemon juice, oil and pepper with mixture and stir.
  4. Serves 6 cups


Lauren Collins

I'm a health coach and plant-based recipe creator from Cape Cod, Massachusetts. In a few short words, I love to cook, eat, travel, play around with food photography and most of all, I love to help people live healthier and happier lives. A lot of the recipes you see here are adapted from my Mom, or from just throwing a few ingredients together until something magical happens.

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