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New Year’s Day Salad

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It’s almost 2016…OMG….where did 2015 go?  Just when I’m finally settled in to a new year, it’s another new year.  Eeks!  Change is a part of life, I get it – but it doesn’t mean I have to love it.  Anyway, New Year’s day lunch was a big part of my life growing up.  My granddaddy Frank would cook a huge meal and we all sat around his table to eat it.  If you didn’t show up for New Year’s lucky lunch then your whole next year would be unlucky….. Of course it was southern – so we had pork, black eyed peas, collard greens, Cole slaw, and corn bread.  Nothing, I mean nothing tastes better than corn bread baked in a cast iron skillet with a crispy crust.  A pat of butter immediately melts on top and it’s just a little heaven.  I’m digressing.  Since granddaddy died, New Year’s lunch is a bit different. I don’t eat pork anymore and honestly, I don’t like collard greens.  I mean, they’re okay but not super.  So I present to you a black eyed pea salad.  It can be made into a wrap (maybe with a collard leaf) or as a dip with chips.  Any way you eat it, it’s really easy and includes the lucky stuff to start 2016 off on the right foot.

Happy New Year Salad

Most cultures and/or religions have some sort of meal to celebrate the new year.  There are things you should eat for good luck and things that you shouldn’t eat that bring bad luck for the whole year – so pay attention to your food!  This salad came from my nephew’s cookbook  (click the link to get a copy) and it’s a family recipe that we make often because we like it so much.  If you want you could add bacon for even more New Year’s luck because southerners believe pork on New Year’s day = progress for the new year (? it’s weird, I know).  Wrap it into a collard leaf and money is sure to follow (? again, collards and black eyed peas mean money?).  Moving on, the salad is simple and fulfills the luck quotient for food on this first lunch of 2016.  Oh, and make some corn bread – if you make circular shapes (again not my tradition), it’s more lucky.  So get cooking and Happy New Year!

Black Eyed Pea Salad

1 can black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained  (You may use 2 cans of black eyed peas) 


1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained

2 bell peppers, chopped
2 large tomatoes, chopped
3 stalks green onion, chopped
2 avocados, chopped
2/3 cup Italian salad dressing

Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Refrigerate for 3 hours or more before serving. 4-6 Servings.

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