New Year’s Black-Eyed Peas 
and Greens

Eating black-eyed peas can bring good fortune, according to Southern tradition.

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Eating black-eyed peas can bring good fortune, according to Southern tradition. Start your year out right with this vegetarian recipe for Black-Eyed Peas and Greens. You can replace the collards with kale as we did. here.



  • 1/2 lb. dried black-eyed peas (11/4 cups)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 Tbs. red wine vinegar
  • 13/4 tsp. salt, divided
  • 1 12-oz. bunch kale, stems removed, leaves torn into pieces
  • 2 Tbs. lemon juice, divided
  • 2 large tomatoes, seeded and diced (11/2 cups)
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 4 green onions, sliced (1/2 cup)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 Tbs. finely chopped fresh oregano


  1. Set peas in saucepan, and cover with boiling water; let sit 1 hour. Drain, return peas to saucepan, cover with fresh water, and add bay leaf. Bring to a boil, and cook 20 minutes. Add vinegar and 1 tsp. salt, and cook 10 to 25 minutes longer, or until peas are tender but keep their shape.
  2. Bring large pot of salted water to a boil. Add kale, and boil 3 to 5 minutes, or until tender. Drain, and toss with 1 tsp. lemon juice.
  3. Toss tomatoes with 1/4 tsp. salt in colander. Let sit, shaking occasionally, 
to drain juices.
  4. Combine remaining 1/2 tsp. salt, remaining 5 tsp. lemon juice, oil, 
green onions, parsley, and oregano in large bowl.
  5. Drain peas, and remove bay leaf. 
Add to bowl with lemon juice and herbs, and mix well. Add tomatoes, and mix again. Serve warm, with kale on side.

Nutrition Information

  • Calories 195
  • Carbohydrate Content 28 g
  • Cholesterol Content 0 mg
  • Fat Content 6 g
  • Fiber Content 8 g
  • Protein Content 10 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 0.5 g
  • Sodium Content 701 mg
  • Sugar Content 6 g

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