Special Diet Information

Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

This recipe is safe for those who are lactose intolerant.

This is a low sodium recipe.

GERD / Acid Reflux
This recipe contains GERD triggers and those with GERD may wish to avoid it.

Gluten Sensitivity
This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten. Check for modified food starch, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, or flour in Creole/Cajun seasoning.


"New Orleans food is as delicious as the less criminal forms of sin."
-Mark Twain

The refrigerator light goes on...

This is truly a Southern bean salad, with creamy black eyed peas and the zip of good Cajun seasoning. Tony Chachere's Creole Seasoning offers a salt-free version as does Chef Paul Prudhomme. This is great under a simple piece of grilled fish, chicken, or steak.


For the most part I have specified what type of vinegar to use in a specific recipe.

Vinegar is almost always made from wine (or any alcoholic beverage) by fermenting the alcohol with acid, thereby producing bacteria. So, apple cider vinegar comes from just that and white vinegar comes from clear grain alcohol.

Most recipes call for white or red wine vinegar. Purchasing better quality vinegars is important to making your recipe great. Less expensive vinegars are produced in large vats, often in a day or two. More complex vinegars are made over time in much the same fashion as making wine, using oak casks and prolonged fermentation and aging.

You will see herbed vinegars on the market (like tarragon vinegar). These are simply vinegars that have been steeped with herbs or infused with other flavors.


Cajun Black Eyed Pea Salad

Servings = 4 | Serving size =about 1 cup

Cooking Time = 30 Minutes

This recipe can be multiplied by 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

This recipe can be divisible by 2.

This recipe makes great leftovers. Note that cooking time does not include chilling time.

2 15 ounce can no salt added black eyed peas (drained and rinsed)
1 large shallot (minced)
2 ribs celery (diced)
1 small green bell pepper (diced)
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 tsp apple cider vinegar
4 tsp no salt added Cajun or Creole seasoning
1/2 tsp salt
fresh ground black pepper (to taste)

Place the black eye peas, shallot, celery, green pepper, olive oil, vinegar, Cajun seasoning, salt and pepper in a large mixing bowl. Fold together until well blended. Chill before serving.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size = about 1 cup

Servings = 4


Amount Per Serving

Calories 191 Calories from Fat 41
  % Daily Value
Total Fat 4g 7%
    Saturated Fat 0g 0%
    Monounsaturated Fat 2g  
    Trans Fat 0g  
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 340mg 14%
Total Carbohydrates 29g 11%
    Dietary Fiber 9g 27%
    Sugars 2g  
Protein 9g  
Vitamin A 28% Vitamin C 53%
Calcium 6% Iron 17%
Vitamin K 15 mcg Potassium 513 mg
Magnesium 62 mg