I have been making a version of this refreshing black-eyed pea salad ever since I saw the original recipe in The Fresh Market Cookbook. It is perfect as a side dish for Summer barbecues. But faced with having to make something more substantial for dinner one night, I turned the salad into a complete meal by adding some leftover chicken and serving it on crispy flour tortillas. Garnished with sour cream or guacamole, this is not your ordinary meal. You can eat it standing up with lots of napkins. The crunch of the tortillas and the coolness of the salad is perfect for a quick lunch or a hot summer's night. If you want to cut the time of preparation, you can use canned black-eyed peas. —lakelurelady
1 1/2 cups
dried black-eyed peas or 2 15 oz. can black- eyed peas, drained
Rinse black-eyed peas in a colander. Place peas in a pot of salted boiling water, cover and bring back to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Drain, rinse and allow to cool. If you are in a hurry, use the canned black-eyed peas drained.
Combine cooled black-eyed peas and next 6 ingredients in a serving bowl. Whisk together olive oil, lemon juice and salt and pepper. Pour over salad and stir to combine. Add shredded chicken and stir into salad.
Place 1/4 cup canola oil in a large skillet. Heat oil. Add tortillas one at a time and fry until both sides are browned. Remove to paper towel lined tray.
Assemble tortillas. Spoon salad mixture on each one. Dollop with sour cream and/or guacamole and serve.
I have been a serious cook from the time I first took an introductory course in French Cooking from Irena Chalmers, a cookbook author and instructor at the CIA. My first love is French cooking but I also value the importance of fresh local ingredients. The freshest ingredients seasoned right and prepared with love will result in the perfect meal.