This healthy recipe is under $1 per serving and, as a healthy boost, black-eyed peas are high in the minerals magnesium, and iron, and in folate!

Time: 30 minutes Serves: 6


1 cup dried black-eyed peas

1 clove garlic

3 Tablespoon olive oil

2 Tablespoon lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

Freshly ground black pepper to taste

6 cups mixed spring greens

1 cucumber, thinly sliced


  1. In boiling water, cook black-eyed peas and garlic for about 20 minutes. When tender, strain and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, salt, cumin and pepper.
  3. Toss black-eyed peas and garlic with mixed spring greens and top with dressing.

Nutrition Per Serving: 170 calories, 7g protein, 20g carbohydrates, 6g fiber, 7g fat, 1g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 171mg sodium.

Mix it Up!

  • Toss the cooked black-eyed peas with 3 cups cooked brown rice and a splash of chile sauce to taste before serving over greens.
  • Add black-eyed peas and spring greens to a pot of hot chicken stock, along with thinly sliced onions, carrots and celery.
  • Cook diced smoked turkey with the black-eyed peas for a Southern-style (but bacon-free) flavor.

From our sister publication, Diabetes Focus (Spring 2011)

Publication Review By: the Editorial Staff at

Published: 09 Feb 2011

Last Modified: 25 Mar 2015