Black-Eyed Pea Salsa Dip

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Black-Eyed Pea Salsa Dip from Marty's Musings

I am a true Southerner. Born and bred in the South and still living here (minus stints in a few other states.)

Even so, I wasn’t sure about the tradition of eating black-eyed-peas on New Years Day. According to this info,  it should be the first food eaten on New Year’s Day to ensure luck and prosperity in the coming year.

Nope. Not gonna eat them for breakfast.

One should also consume at least 365 black-eyed peas on this day.

No way. I don’t eat that many in a year! 

If you put a shiny penny or dime in the pot just before feeding your crew, the person who receives the penny in their bowl receives the best luck of all. (Unless you swallow it and have to go to the hospital!)

Got things to do and going to the emergency room is not one of them!

So with all this need-t0-know information out of the way, I give you our family favorite Black-Eyed Pea Salsa Dip. Enjoy! And Happy New Year!





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Black-Eyed Pea Salad

Course Appetizer
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 6
Author Marty’s Musings


  • 2 cans black-eyed peas rinsed and drained
  • 1 can diced tomatoes and chiles
  • 1 cup chopped green pepper optional
  • 1 can whole corn
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 cup Italian salad dressing
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • fresh parsley optional
  • Tortilla chips


  • In a bowl, combine the first five ingredients.
  • Combine salad dressing and sour cream.
  • Add to black-eyed pea mixture and toss to coat.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least four hours.
  • Serve with tortilla chips.


This recipe can be adapted per your time and use of fresh ingredients. I usually use dried black-eyed peas, soak overnight and cook on the stovetop as instructed. You can also use fresh tomatoes and chiles if you prefer.

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  1. Hi Marty, I’m a southern girl myself living out here in the Pacific Northwest! But I love me some black eyed peas and eat them every year on New Year’s Day. You salad looks fabulous and I intend to try it. I enjoy eating BEP (black eyed peas!) all year long, so this recipe will come in handy. Thank you for sharing it!

    1. Hi, Chelsea! So you’re a southern gal living in the northwest? Not sure I could do that! Thanks so much for commenting on my post about black-eyed peas! I don’t even like them myself but this salad is really good! Hope you enjoy it!
      Marty@Marty’s Musings

  2. Yummy! As a Southerner to my very soul, I wouldn’t dream of a New Year’s Day without black-eyed peas! I don’t eat them first thing in the morning, and have never put a coin in. But I eat them EVERY New Year’s Day, along with cooked greens, and cornbread. Mama always said the peas were for health, and the greens for wealth, in the coming year. Actually, I eat them all year, since I love them. I will have to try your salad!

    1. Hey, Sandra! I should have known you were a Southerner! You’re so sweet and encouraging to me and I appreciate it so much. I hope we will get to know each other better in 20131
      Marty@Marty’s Musings