Sunday, October 24, 2010

Warm Salad of Mustard Greens and Black-Eyed Peas

I received a big bunch of mustard greens in my CSA box and searched for an interesting way to prepare them.  I stumbled across this 5 star Cooking Light recipe with black-eyed peas.  I was able to find the black-eyed peas at Whole Foods after striking out at three local supermarkets.  It is funny how some foods are so hard to find in certain areas.

I thought that the greens were spectacular.  I loved the little bit of heat from the jalapeno, the sweetness of the balsamic, the crunch of the bacon, and the creaminess of the black-eyed peas.  Matt thought that the caraway was a little overpowering. I only added 1 1/2 teaspoons instead of 2.  Next time I will scale it down to about 1 teaspoon.  I should have bought an extra can of black-eyed peas when I was at Whole Foods since this recipe is a keeper.  I am hoping for more mustard greens this week!   They are such a nutritional powerhouse and are quite delicious too! 

Warm Salad of Mustard Greens and Black-Eyed Peas Recipe -

2 bacon slices, chopped
12 cups torn mustard greens, stems removed (about 12 ounces)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup chopped green onions
2 teaspoons caraway seeds (I suggest only 1 teaspoon)
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and chopped
1 (16-ounce) can black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

Cook bacon in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan, reserving 1 tablespoon drippings in pan; set bacon aside. Add greens; cook 4 minutes or until wilted. Combine greens, salt, and black pepper in a large bowl, set aside. Add oil to pan. Stir in onions, caraway seeds, garlic, and jalapeño; cook 1 minute. Add peas; cook 1 minute. Stir in vinegar, and bring to a boil. Add pea mixture to greens mixture. Sprinkle with reserved bacon."


  1. I will definitely try this...minus the caraway seeds.


  2. A scrumptious salad! That is one perfect flavor combo.



  3. Such a delicious looking dish! Talk about healthy too:)

  4. What a salad! It's chock full of flavor and texture...a big bowl of that and a piece of crusty bread would be the perfect lunch. Delicious, Jen!

  5. That looks delicious, Jen. Caraway can be overpowering, so I'll take your advice and cut way back on it. (not my favorite anyway except in bread)

  6. Oh this is fun! I also love the varied ingredients coming together! (And I do like caraway...usually)

  7. A very unique and delicious salad. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Took it to my daughters cook-out, lots of women wanted the recipe. I had to admitt it was not my recipe, so I told them where it find it. Took my bowl home empty.