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Black Eyed Pea and Quinoa Salad

This recipe was inspired by the historical Atlanta restaurant Mary Mac's Tea Room.  Mary Mac's opened in 1945 and has been serving southern comfort food ever since.

My mother gifted me the Mary Mac's cookbook several years ago and slowly I'm getting around to trying more of the recipes other than the banana pudding.  The Black Eyed Pea Salad is one of the healthier recipes so I decided to put my own twist on it by adding some quinoa.

The recipe served a large group and would be a good option for a potluck.  As with many salads, it got better with time.  You can see by my photo that tortilla chips eventually made an appearance.

So good....

Recipe: Blackeyed Pea and Quinoa Salad (adapted from Mary Mac's Tea Room)

Salad Ingredients

2 (15 oz.) cans Black Eyed Peas, drained
3 tbs. chopped fresh basil
2 red bell peppers, seeded and diced
2 green bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 cup quinoa, cooked
1/2 cup diced red onion
1 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. salt

For the dressing:

1/2 cup champagne vinegar
1/2 cup rice wine vinegar
1/3 cup vegetable oil


1. Combine vinegars and oil for the dressing and set aside.

2. In a separate large bowl, combine all the salad ingredients and toss.

3.  Pour dressing over salad and stir. Chill for a minimum of  4 hours.  Serve and enjoy.


  1. You are quickly becoming my go-to for healthy snacks!

  2. A wonderful alternative to Georgia Caviar. I love the addition of quinoa and the dressing sounds delicious!

  3. oh wow...this looks just beautiful!! healthy, light, easy...what else can i ask for?! thanks...I make side salads like this ..but have never heard of cham[pagne vinegar...but i know by the name I like it!!
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  4. This looks delicious! Just pinned it and am making it tonight!! :)

  5. That looks delicious!!!! I will have to try this!