Black-eyed pea and spinach salad

  • Preparation Time15 mins
  • Cooking Time50 mins
  • Serves6
  • DifficultyEasy
450g dried black-eyed peas, or 2 tins black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed
900ml low-sodium chicken broth (if using dried peas)
180ml lowfat buttermilk
45g mayonnaise
1 1/2 tsp spicy brown mustard
60ml apple cider vinegar
1/8 tsp hot sauce
1/2 tsp salt, plus more
1/8 tsp fresh ground pepper
40g red onion, diced
2 stalks celery, thinly sliced
5g chopped fresh chives
115g baby spinach, sliced into thick ribbons
1) If using dried peas: In a large bowl, cover peas with 10cm of water and soak a minimum of 6 hrs, or overnight. Drain and rinse thoroughly. Place peas in a 4L saucepan with chicken broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer peas between 45 to 55 mins, or until peas are cooked but not mushy. Drain excess liquid and let peas cool to room temperature.

2) Combine buttermilk, mayonnaise, mustard, vinegar, hot sauce salt and pepper in a bowl, and whisk to incorporate.

3) In a salad bowl, combine beans, red onion, celery and chives.

4) Pour dressing over bean mixture and gently stir to incorporate, being careful not to break up too many of the beans. Add spinach and toss to coat.

5) Season with additional salt, pepper and hot sauce, to taste; serve immediately.

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